Diep­sloot res­i­dents to get pedes­trian bridge

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THE City of Joburg yes­ter­day launched the Diep­sloot pedes­trian bridge, to en­sure res­i­dents are safe dur­ing flash flood­ing.

Joburg mayor Her­man Mashaba and MMC for trans­port Nonhlanhla Makhuba were at the launch of the project, to be funded by the Jo­han­nes­burg Roads Agency.

The bridge will as­sist Diep­sloot res­i­dents to cross the Jukskei River dur­ing pe­ri­ods of flood­ing.

To com­mem­o­rate the con­struc­tion of the bridge, Mashaba held a sod-turn­ing cer­e­mony at the site of the de­vel­op­ment, watched by a group of ex­cited com­mu­nity mem­bers.

The struc­ture of the bridge forms part of the city’s com­mit­ment to im­prove pub­lic safety and stormwa­ter man­age­ment, and ar­rest res­i­den­tial flood­ing.

Mashaba said that as it em­barked on the new fi­nan­cial year, the city was hon­our­ing its com­mit­ment to res­i­dents of Diep­sloot by fast-track­ing the bridge’s con­struc­tion.

“The erec­tion of this pedes­trian bridge will play a sig­nif­i­cant role in the lives of lo­cal res­i­dents by link­ing Ex­ten­sion 1 to Ex­ten­sion 2 with a safe pas­sage dur­ing times of heavy rains and flash flood­ing. Most im­por­tantly, it aims to pre­vent ac­ci­den­tal deaths and in­jury,” said Mashaba.

He also said con­struc­tion of the pedes­trian bridge was re­flec­tive of the city’s com­mit­ment to en­hanc­ing qual­ity of life by im­prov­ing ser­vices and fos­ter­ing car­ing, safe and se­cure com­mu­ni­ties while also be­ing re­spon­sive to en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors.

The bridge will be built in the area where An­gel Sibanda lost her life after be­ing swept away by flash floods when she tried to cross a stream last year.

Many of the res­i­dents were happy to know that the con­struc­tion will soon be un­der way.

Sal­phina Nen­zhelele, one of the res­i­dents of Diep­sloot, said she was very happy that jobs would also be avail­able to the com­mu­nity for this project.

The project is ex­pected to be com­pleted next July.

It aims to pre­vent ac­ci­den­tal deaths and in­jury

BUILD­ING: Mayor of Joburg Her­man Mashaba and MMC Nonhlanhla Makhuba

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