Mandela bridge launch in Mvezo
The project involves the building of a bridge over the Mbashe River and a 10km tarred road
THE Nelson Mandela Legacy Bridge and River Valley project was launched in Mvezo in Eastern Cape yesterday, the Department of Rural Development said.
The project involves the building of a bridge over the Mbashe River and a 10km tarred road.
The road will link Mvezo, the hometown of former president Nelson Mandela, with the N2 and cuts the travelling distance to East London, Mthatha and Dutywa.
President Jacob Zuma arrived at 10am for the launch, his spokesman, Mac Maharaj, said.
The Rural Development Department was funding the bridge, which it said had so far seen an investment of R127-million, and the Eastern Cape department of roads and public works was funding the road.
Several other government departments and private sector companies were also involved.
"The bridge and the road will serve as economic catalysts in the area," the department said in a statement.
The bridge was 53% complete, and was expected to be finished by January 2013.
Mvezo is a small village on the banks of the Mbashe River.
The project started in September 2011 and had led to certain skills transfers that may empower local communities.
At least 102 job opportunities were created, 18 of which were for women, the department said.