On the 10th of June 2014 the city at work was at it again as the Executive mayor and the mayoral committee crisscrossed Soweto launching projects.
More than 200 community members gathered next to the railway line separating ward 20 in Naledi and ward 14 in Protea North, Soweto to witness the sod turning marking the start of the construction of a R50 million bridge.
The two communities of Naledi and Protea are separated by a railway line that runs through their townships, making it difficult to inter-link these communities. Some people have lost their lives and others have been arrested trying to cross the unfenced railway line. The new bridge will enable the two communities to come together and be able to access services that are available on either side of the rail line, including clinics, schools and sport facilities.
Executive Mayor Mpho Parks Tau and MMC for Transport Christine Walters unveiled a board and turned a sod to mark the start of the project on 10 June. The bridge is to be completed in September 2015.
The bridge will go under the electrical pylons from the Protea North side and go over the Railway lines to Naledi connecting these communities.
The Executive Mayor said the project will create more than 100 job opportunities for the community. “This bridge will be what we call a complete street, which will have dedicated lanes for vehicles, pedestrians and cycle lanes.” He also invited the public and fellow councilors to participate in the upcoming Soweto Ride on the 28 June.
Stormwater drains mitigate flooding
As the city leaders crisscrossed Soweto, another project by Johannesburg Road Agency (JDA) that is underway was visited to check the progress of stormwater drain in Dobsonville Extension 3.
According to the Managing Director of the JDA, Skhumbuzo Macozoma, the project started in February 2014 and completion is estimated to be at the end of July 2014. The project has created about 40 job opportunities. This project was a response to a petition sent to the council by residents requesting that council intervention as their houses were flooded when heavy rains hit the area.
Mayor Tau applauded the manner in which the residents of Dobsonville had raised their concerns saying they had set an example for a civil way of raising grievances.