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Villagers' plea for bridge

By Frank Maponya | Sep 25, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

VILLAGERS at Pickum, near Senwabarwana in Limpopo, are risking their lives wading across the Tswatjane River to go to shops and schools in neighbouring villages.

The villagers have been crossing the dangerous river because there is no bridge.

But the river becomes impassable on rainy days since the water rises todangerous levels.

This affects pupils, who have to cross the river to attend classes at the Mankgakgatla Secondary School.

The villagers have accused theBlouberg municipality of failing to build a bridge on the river, preventing them from accessing schools and attending to other important matters.

The pupils wade through the waters every day on their way to and from school on school days.

The principal of Mankgakgatla, who only identified himself as JM Phihlela, said it was difficult for pupils from Pickum to attend lessons on rainy days.

"I was sent from pillar to post when asked for a bridge to be built to enable pupils access school easily," Phihlela said.

He said the pupils' lives were in danger on rainy days when the river overflowed.

"That also derails the progress of the pupils in terms of catching up with other pupils as far as the syllabus is concerned," he said.

Nhlanhla Mashele, municipal spokesperson, said they would consult the department of roads and transport to see if they could help since the building of bridges was not the responsibility of the municipality.


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