Diepsloot pedestrian bridge will bring safety, says Johannesburg Mayor Mashaba
Diepsloot community needed a proper bridge at Jukskei River to provide safety during the rainy season, said Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba on 07 August 2019 at the official launch of a pedestrian bridge.
Situated in Diepsloot West, Ward 95, connecting extension 1 and 2 in Region A. The bridge ilinks the two extensions, providing safe passage across the Jukskei River during heavy rains and flooding.
“In 2016 one family lost a six year old who drowned in the floods,” the Mayor added. “I think this bridge will enhance safety and provide easy access to schools and shops. It will also make communication between the two extensions better and safer.”
The bridge construction commenced in May 2018 and installation of lighting aside is ready to serve the community. The City of Johannesburg and its entity have finally delivered this bridge, said JRA Acting Managing Director Siya Ndou.
“Community members and, especially, scholars had to navigate perilous conditions during the rainy months,” Ndou said. “We envisage this bridge will enhance the safety of the people of Diepsloot.”
“I would also like to urge the community to look after this infrastructure” he continued. “At a time when we have limited resources and massive infrastructure backlogs, it is critical that we do not damage them in any manner whatsoever – no matter the gripe people have with government.”
In total, the project cost R23 million, according to Ndou. “However, what was particularly pleasing was the creation of employment opportunities. The project employed forty local laborers and appointed four SMME contractors.”
“As the JRA, the construction of the pedestrian bridge motivates us because the wellbeing of communities is our priority” he concluded. “The main objective for this construction is to improve the safety of community members particularly children who cross the wetlands every day on their way to school and back”