Mangwe res­i­dents mo­bilise re­sources for com­mu­nity bridge

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu Plumtree Cor­re­spon­dent

SCHOOL chil­dren in Vaka area in Mangwe District will no longer fail to at­tend school dur­ing heavy rains as vil­lagers have mo­bilised re­sources to build a bridge over Makombela River which hin­dered pupils from at­tend­ing lessons dur­ing the rainy sea­son.

Par­ents have mo­bilised re­sources to build the bridge, but are ask­ing well-wish­ers to chip in to en­sure that the project is com­pleted be­fore the rains.

The coun­cil­lor for the area, Mrs Sakhile Nde­bele, said ev­ery year dur­ing the rainy sea­son, there are days when Vaka Pri­mary and Ivim­ila Se­condary pupils can­not not cross the flooded river, thus miss some lessons.

She said some peo­ple drowned in the river and some par­ents were re­sort­ing to with­draw­ing their chil­dren from school dur­ing the rainy sea­son.

The coun­cil­lor said vil­lagers have contributed bags of ce­ment and money to­wards build­ing the bridge which is about 15 me­tres long.

“Dur­ing the rainy sea­son each year, pupils from Vaka area do not at­tend school be­cause Makombela River will be full. In some cases their guardians ac­com­pany them across the river and wait for them when they have knock off from school and take them across the river once again.

“As a com­mu­nity we saw that there was a need to con­struct a bridge. At first we tried to bring some spon­sors on board but failed and then we re­alised that we had to mo­bilise re­sources amongs our­selves,” she said. Mrs Nde­bele said the project be­gan in May. She said about 250 bags of ce­ment were re­quired to com­plete the project but they had so far man­aged to raise 40 bags as a com­mu­nity. She said rais­ing all the equip­ment needed to build the bridge was turn­ing out to be an up­hill task for the vil­lagers.

“We are not even half way through the project which means that the rainy sea­son might start be­fore we com­plete it. We still need to buy mesh wire in ad­di­tion to the re­main­ing 210 bags of ce­ment”.

Mrs Nde­bele said of­fi­cers from the Mangwe Ru­ral District Coun­cil Road Works and Plan­ning Depart­ment and DDF were pro­vid­ing their ex­per­tise. —@ DubeMatutu.

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