RUNDU: Over 150 learners and teachers of the Ngwangwa village on the southwestern outskirts of Rundu will now have easy access to and from school via a new bridge that had been constructed over a stream.
The new bridge replaced a narrow, unsafe wooden bridge that was established in 2005. Villagers have welcomed the new bridge, as many people have fallen into the flowing water, and some have died while trying to cross to the other side.
Rundu mayor Hilka Levi said during the inauguration of the new bridge on Wednesday that although the town council has many developmental projects, it deemed it necessary to prioritise the bridge at Ngwangwa, because it will make villagers’ lives easier. She urged residents to take ownership of the bridge by looking after it and guard it from vandalism.
Meanwhile, Rundu Town Council Management Committee Chairperson, Councillor Johannes Murenga advised the villagers to use the steel bridge solely for pedestrian crossing and not to ride bicycles on it.
During the same occasion, Ngwangwa village headman Donald Kandjimi requested the town council to consider constructing roads, and to provide them with clean and safe drinking water, as the water in the stream is unfit for human consumption. Residents have over the past years been drawing water from wells, but use water from the stream during the rainy season.
The Ngwangwa village, situated between the Sauyemwa informal settlement and the Rundu Military Airport in the Rundu Rural West Constituency, has a population of more than 500 people.
The Rundu Welding and Construction Company constructed the steel bridge that is about 90 metres long and one metre wide at a cost of N.dollars 800 000.