MEC unveils multi-million rand bridge

2018-05-16 06:00
PHOTO: suppliediLembe Mayor Siduduzo Gumede together with Maphumulo Mayor Zibuyisile Khuzwayo-Dlamini go on a walkabout around newly built uThukela Bridge with MEC Mxolisi Kaunda.

PHOTO: suppliediLembe Mayor Siduduzo Gumede together with Maphumulo Mayor Zibuyisile Khuzwayo-Dlamini go on a walkabout around newly built uThukela Bridge with MEC Mxolisi Kaunda.

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MAPHUMULO local municipality mayor Zibuyisile Khuzwayo-Dlamini together with municipal councillors joined the MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Mxolisi Kaunda in the unveiling of the Nyakana uThukela River Bridge on Monday, May 7.

Facing crocodiles and the possibility of drowning while crossing the Uthukela River will be a thing of the past for pupils of KwaDukuza, Mandeni and Maphumulo following the completion of three major bridges across the stretch of the river.

The community is now able to safely use Nyakana, Mabhobhane and Mvumase bridges to access important amenities such as schools, clinics, taxi ranks and to connect to the nearest towns.

The Nyakana uThukela River Bridge was constructed at an investment of R89.5 million with a provision for pedestrian crossing and serves pupils and communities from Mankenganeni community on the northern side of the river to Mandeni.

Previously, the communities had relied on the services of a good Samaritan Amos Dludla (65) who used his boat over the years to help pupils cross safely every morning from Mankenganeni to Emdlebeni.

In addition, this bridge links District Road D1533 to main road P710 and will also provide a much-needed link to the towns of Mandeni and Eshowe.

Mvumase uThukela River Pedestrian Bridge also built for R9.5 million assists pupils who attend Mvumase Primary School, Empungeni Primary School, Siyacothoza Primary School and the Ezithabeni Senior School. It also provides access to the Uqaqeni and the Mtabaqumbi Provincial Clinics.

MEC Kaunda said that the visit to the site comes just before the department’s budget speech and they are happy with the completion of the bridge committed.

“The construction of these bridges has ensured the safety of travellers, markedly reduced late-coming and absenteeism. The construction of these bridges has also completely eliminated incidents of drowning.

“Pupils relayed to me their stories of having to cross the river in freezing conditions when going to school,” said Kaunda.

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