R44m bridge on the cards for Lepelle

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

The department of roads and transport in Limpopo will spend R44million to build a bridge across the Lepelle River in the Sekhukhune district later this year.

The bridge will connect eight villages that are cut off from the rest of the world when the river overflows.

The construction of the bridge follows years of repeated pleas by residents of Mankele, Nkotokwane and Mmemogolo, among others, who had been constant victims on rainy days.

On rainy days, schools had to close and life in general came to a standstill as the residents were cut off from the rest of the province.

Last month, schools in Mankele were closed for about six weeks after teachers from Burgersfort, Driekop and Lebowakgomo could not reach their schools because the river was too flooded to cross.

MEC for roads and transport and now acting premier Cassel Mathale visited the area on February 11 to check on the situation.

Mathale formed a task team led by the Roads Agency Limpopo to conduct feasibility studies on the river.