The Letsema Campaign led by Chief Albert Luthuli Municipality (CALM), its a community service project aimed at restoring the dignity of local communities, initiated its efforts on September 15 in Bettysgoed Ward 6. The primary goal of this campaign is to construct a footbridge for the residents of this area.
According to CALM spokesperson Thapelo Phetla, the community in this area faces a significant challenge during the rainy season .
Crossing the river to access the graveyard and lay their loved ones to rest has become exceptionally difficult.
“Consequently, the installation of a footbridge is of paramount importance, as it will greatly facilitate safe and convenient river crossings for the community,” he said.
Phetla added that while there are plans in place for a larger vehicle bridge, Municipality recognized the urgency of the situation and decided to take immediate action by initiating the construction of the footbridge.
“This collaborative effort will continue on Monday (September 16 and will involve the active participation of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) and dedicated volunteers, as the campaign remains an ongoing initiative,”
Phetla, further said the coordination of this campaign in Bettysgoed was undertaken by Councillor Sibusiso Dube, who played a pivotal role in its organization. The campaign received valuable support from various members, including MMCs, Councillors, and volunteers. Additionally, Mbuso Magubane, the Director for Technical, and Amstrong Maqolo, the Road Manager, contributed their expertise to the construction of the footbridge.
This initiative represents a significant step toward improving the lives of the residents in Bettysgoed Ward 6, exemplifying the spirit of community and cooperation.