Tunnel in final stage of repair

2016-01-13 06:00
Photo: tania sandberg Thembisa Ndlovu (left) has been employed as part of a community upliftment project - LEJOSP - and has been dedicated to the project since inception. With him is South Coast artist, Lee Smuts.

Photo: tania sandberg Thembisa Ndlovu (left) has been employed as part of a community upliftment project - LEJOSP - and has been dedicated to the project since inception. With him is South Coast artist, Lee Smuts.

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THE tunnel which links Warner Beach to the beach, initiated by My Sapphire CommUnity as a community project, is in the final stage of repair and has now become a popular route for pedestrians who used to avoid the area in the past for safety reasons.

South Coast artist, Lee Smuts, who has done similar projects such as decorating the bridge in Umkomaas, completed the artwork initiated by local artists on Heritage Day last year. It features ocean and seascape scenes.

“I wanted to create the feeling of someone walking on the sand towards the ocean. In that way a person that cannot walk on the sand can experience it. The little dolphins represent the big underwater,” Smuts said.

She added that she wished the Sapphire Coast and Aliwal Shoal would take such pride in their environment and do something to fix up the Umkomaas bridge, which is in a state of disrepair and presents a danger to pedestrians, with metal hanging off the roof and huge blocks of concrete falling onto the pavement and road.

A new watchman hut at the entrance to Mills Bomb Shell Hole contributes to the safety of the area and there is a day guard and a night guard at times.
“My Sapphire CommUnity needs more volunteers and support to complete and maintain this community upliftment project,” says Barrett Neilson, My Sapphire CommUnity project manager.

“In order for this project to be a success, we need to sustain what we have done through continued maintenance of the area.
“The final major painting project is the completion of the world flags on the walls. After that, we as a community need to ensure that the area doesn’t become overgrown with weeds and undergrowth, which will attract the type of people who were here before the project started.”

If you would like to help with the flags, or would like to find out how to contribute towards the maintenance of the subway area, you can contact My Sapphire CommUnity’s Facebook page.

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