A group of community activists in KwaZulu-Natal is connecting communities that have destroyed floods, one bridge at a time. The Pompeni River Bridge Project has launched a restoration campaign to help areas still affected by the deadly April floods.
So far, the group has repaired two bridges around Durban. The cost of the floods in April is estimated at ISK 25 billion.
Twenty-five community members have successfully completed two major bridge repairs. This bridge, which connects the communities of Shallcross, Chatsworth and Pinetown, was badly damaged and forced drivers and schoolchildren to take other routes.
When the group realized that it would take the authorities weeks if not months to repair the bridge, the group decided to take it on. After about five days on site, the bridge became accessible to members of the community.
“The hours that residents spent in traffic, their travel time was four hours. People were leaving home between four and five in the morning to get to the office at eight o’clock. “Four hours of traffic, shops, shelves were not well equipped because trucks did not arrive,” said Marcus Richards, a spokesman for Pompeni River Bridge.
The group is made up of people in different professions. Some are in the construction industry. They rely on group funding and also use their own resources. The two projects have cost over 300 000 rubles.
“We refuse to sit or stand by and see what is happening. We take action. We step in where the government has failed and do what is needed of us. That’s our belief in life, “Richards added.
The group says it has already received numerous calls from other parts of the district and beyond. They say their next step is to help rebuild houses and repair damaged schools.
Social activists connect flood-affected communities, one bridge at a time – SABC News
Source link Social activists connect flood-affected communities, one bridge at a time – SABC News