16 Oct 2013 17:40pm
REHOBOTH, 16 OCT (NAMPA) Over 100 unemployed residents of Rehoboth and surrounding areas will soon get temporary jobs when the rehabilitation and expansion of three bridges on the road between Rehoboth and Mariental start in earnest this month.
The Governor of the Hardap Region, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa on Wednesday ordered contractors to employ mostly unemployed youth from the town of Rehoboth and its surroundings for the year-long project.
The road infrastructure construction is one of the critical areas for the development, because it connects not only the town centres to communities, but also connects country to country, said Hanse-Himarwa during the ground-breaking ceremony of the rehabilitation of the three bridges here.
The bridges are the Mansguber River Bridge, Tsumis River Bridge and Tributary to Rooidam Bridge, all on Trunk Road 01/4 between Rehoboth and Mariental in the Hardap Region.
These bridges are currently in dilapidated conditions, and will be rehabilitated at a cost of N.dollars 47 million.
The major work on all three bridges includes the rehabilitation of the existing bridges and widening of bridges and approaches.
The construction will be carried out by Tecnonam Roads and Bridges Company under the supervision of the experienced Joint Venture of Consulting Engineers from Ulman Withaus Prince (UWP) and Engelbrecht.
The Deputy Minister of Works and Transport Kilus Nguvauva, who officiated at the event, said the three bridges form an integral part of the road network which crucially links Namibia to South Africa.
He said the construction of these bridges will have a positive impact on the socio-economy of the surrounding areas, and the entire Namibian population will benefit from the secured all-weather access.
The deputy minister also used the platform to appeal to road users to take extra caution when transporting people.
The lives of our countrymen and women are in your hands. Please reduce your speed and travel at the minimum speed limit, especially on gravel roads, he urged.