Bamko village welcomes new access road and concrete bridge

The lives of residents in a rural village in EmaXesibeni previously known as Mount Ayliff have been transformed by a new bridge that straddles the village divided by a river. More than 200 residents from Bamko Village will now benefit from the newly constructed bridge and a 4km access road.

The R2.1 million project by Umzimvubu Local Municipality seeks to provide an easier access to essential government services and other economic activities in the area. Moreover the project has employed over 10 residents in their respective special groups with an invested amount of R 40 500 on labour.

According to the Honourable Mayor, Cllr B.P Mabengu “The project shows what we can accomplish when all our communities work together to improve the lives of their residents. The bridge will now connect these community residents to the graveyards situated in the upper regions of Bamko Village. It’s also pleasing to note that all economic opportunities will now be accessed with ease.”

“As part of encouraging local economic development, local subcontractors are being given work opportunities to assist the main contractors. This is to ensure that local people are increasingly being employed to do the work, contributing to job creation and skills transfer in the community.” She concluded.

The complete structure is yet to be officially handed over to the Bamko community.

UPHUHLISO KUMNTU WONKE