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City to build a R16.4-million pedestrian bridge in Diepsloot Print E-mail
07 July 2017
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Little Angel Sibanda, who drowned while trying to cross the swollen Jukskei River in Diepsloot in Region A on her way from school in February last year, has not died in vain.
 
On Thursday July 6, Johannesburg Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba turned the sod at the site where the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA), the City of Johannesburg’s entity responsible for the provision and maintenance of roads and storm water infrastructure, is to build a R16.4-million pedestrian bridge to improve public safety and storm water management in the area.
 
Addressing local residents at the ceremony, Mayor Mashaba said the death of six-year-old Angel had deeply touched him. Accompanied by Member of the Mayoral Committee for Transport Cllr Nonhlanhla Makhuba, Ward 95 Councillor Kate Mphahlele, Proportional Representative Councillor Andrew Maleka and Regional Director Abigai Ndlovu, Mayor Mashaba said Angel’s loss was one loss too many.
 
He said the construction of the Diepsloot pedestrian bridge was reflective of the City’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life in communities. The Executive Mayor said he was excited about the project as it came ahead of this year’s rainy season.
 
“It is our duty as the City of Johannesburg to make sure that communities live in a safe and healthy environment. But at the same time we would like you to work with us to see to it that your dreams come true,” he said.
 
“As we embark on the new financial year, the City is honouring its commitment to residents of Diepsloot by fast-tracking the bridge’s construction. We are committed to the development of the poor through the provision of and access to services. 
 
“In our efforts to improve Johannesburg’s road network and storm water infrastructure, public safety is paramount and will be prioritised. The erection of this pedestrian bridge will play a significant role in the lives of local residents by linking Diepsloot’s Extension 1 to Extension 2, with safe passage during times of heavy rains and flash flooding, and most importantly it aims to prevent accidental deaths and injuries,” the Mayor said.
 
The project, which is to be undertaken by Axton Matrix, is expected to be completed in July 2018. The Diepsloot community will also benefit from the construction process, which requires a percentage of local labour participation.
 

City to build a R16.4-million pedestrian bridge in Diepsloot

 

Little Angel Sibanda, who drowned while trying to cross the swollen Jukskei River in Diepsloot in Region A on her way from school in February last year, has not died in vain.

 

On Thursday July 6, Johannesburg Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba turned the sod at the site where the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA), the City of Johannesburg’s entity responsible for the provision and maintenance of roads and storm water infrastructure, is to build a R16.4-million pedestrian bridge to improve public safety and storm water management in the area.

 

Addressing local residents at the ceremony, Mayor Mashaba said the death of six-year-old Angel had deeply touched him. Accompanied by Member of the Mayoral Committee for Transport Cllr Nonhlanhla Makhuba, Ward 95 Councillor Kate Mphahlele, Proportional Representative Councillor Andrew Maleka and Regional Director Abigai Ndlovu, Mayor Mashaba said Angel’s loss was one loss too many.

 

He said the construction of the Diepsloot pedestrian bridge was reflective of the City’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life in communities. The Executive Mayor said he was excited about the project as it came ahead of this year’s rainy season.

 

“It is our duty as the City of Johannesburg to make sure that communities live in a safe and healthy environment. But at the same time we would like you to work with us to see to it that your dreams come true,” he said.

 

“As we embark on the new financial year, the City is honouring its commitment to residents of Diepsloot by fast-tracking the bridge’s construction. We are committed to the development of the poor through the provision of and access to services.

 

“In our efforts to improve Johannesburg’s road network and storm water infrastructure, public safety is paramount and will be prioritised. The erection of this pedestrian bridge will play a significant role in the lives of local residents by linking Diepsloot’s Extension 1 to Extension 2, with safe passage during times of heavy rains and flash flooding, and most importantly it aims to prevent accidental deaths and injuries,” the Mayor said.

 

The project, which is to be undertaken by Axton Matrix, is expected to be completed in July 2018. The Diepsloot community will also benefit from the construction process, which requires a percentage of local labour participation.

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Last Updated on 07 July 2017