Cape Town - Despite various challenges that ranged from vandalism of contractor machinery to violence and hostility from community members, the City’s transport directorate announced the completion of the Welcome Zenzile Street Project, a bridge linking Nomatse and Ndlulamthi streets to connect two communities from Kuyasa in Khayelitsha.
“Welcome Zenzile is the true epitome of resilience and speaks to our commitment to delivering services to our communities, despite challenges and delays,” said Transport Mayco member Rob Quintas.
Residents from Makhaza East and West previously used dirt tracks to visit each other, the construction of the new bridge now allowed for safe connecting and socialising between the two communities.
Quintas said the project originally commenced last year and was set to be completed within 11 months.
However, due to disruptions of the Covid-19 pandemic, violence and hostility from some members of the community, vandalism of contractor machinery, harassment, intimidation and assault on the contract workers – the initial contractor terminated his contract with the City and a new contract had to be awarded.
“Although it may have taken longer to complete this project, I am happy that we have managed to complete it before the busiest time of the year. Thus, our residents will be able to move around and visit each other in a safe manner,” said Quintas.
Quintas warned those behind the disruptions and delays of projects, those making unnecessary demands and intimidating selected contractors, will not be tolerated.