BSE recently visited the KZN region where a number of Bridges are being deployed as part of the Bridge Programme, some pedestrian and some vehicular. It was an eye-opening experience which left us with a great sense of honour and pride to be able to work hand-in-hand with both the NDPW and the SANDF in order to aid communities in several ways.
The Bridge Programme is not just an infrastructural project, it is one with a beating heart, one that has far reaching impacts on communities and one which can genuinely influence lives and affect change.
At Mangwanya, Four Bridges are being erected (three pedestrian and one vehicular). Sadly, in this community, the rape culture is prolific and young women are being attacked on their route to and from school- the implementation of these Bridges will create a direct line of site from the school to the route back to the community thus providing an new element of safety.
The rainy seasons cause immense flooding resulting not only in children being stranded on one side of the river, but loss of life to drowning- these Bridges will put an end to that.
Both sites, Mangwenya and Greytown are underway and we are so excited for the end result! Thank you NDPW and thank you SANDF for all your endless efforts; let’s keep moving!
Our Bridge Programme is driven by the belief in African Solutions for African Problems, we believe in extending our hand to our neighbours and fellow African States and we believe in the overall betterment of human life. Where we can help, we will help and this Bridge erection in Zimbabwe is a tangible example of these fundamental beliefs.
Another Successful Bridge launch with Premiere Patricia de Lille officially opening the Bridge for public use. As the Premiere so aptly infers, the time is now and we are the ones who must take action. We thank all of those who continuously support the Bridge Programme and we salute those who continue to fight for this ever-important cause.
Bawa Bridge was a particularly special project for us as it represents what is at our core as BFA; Building a Better Future. We were forced to look back and see what suffering and loss had been caused as a result of insufficient infrastructure and we were called to do something about it; an honour and a privilege. To this call, we responded with the erection of the Steel, Modular Type Bridge which will stand in remembrance of those who lost their lives and it will stand too, as a beacon of hope.
The Hammanskraal Bridge erection was one of our earliest projects. This Pedestrian Bridge was erected in a small village in Hammanskraal. The river over which it was erected is prone to flooding, leaving the community separated from much needed amenities. Thus, the erection of this Bridge allowed for access to these amenities, such as schools, clinics and churches. Not only was this beneficial for the community in that way, but it also allowed for skills transfer, enabling workmen to acquire new skills which would stand them in better stead when job seeking. It also allowed for some long-term employment for those who were tasked with maintaining the Bridge. This Bridge was a great success and an indication of things to come.