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President Jacob Zuma visited Nelson Mandela on his birthday
on Monday July 18 and presented him with the model of a bridge planned between
two villages in the Eastern Cape to be called the
Nelson
Mandela
Legacy Bridge
in honour of the icon.

Zuma visited the former president at his home
in Qunu to wish him well on his birthday where he was celebrating quietly with
his family.

Zuma gave Madiba an architect’s
impression of the Nelson
Mandela
Legacy Bridge that will be constructed
across the Mbashe
RiverNdondolo
Village
in the Mbashe
Local
Municipality
and the Mvezo
Village
in the King Sabata
Dalindyebo
Local
Municipality.



The Department of Rural Development and Land
Reform will construct the bridge and road which will link Mvezo village to the
N2 and reduce the travel distance to Idutywa by nearly 50km. The bridge, spanning 180 meters and
the associated access road, of approximately 10km, will also provide improved
access to about 20 000 people living in 21 villages in the respective local
municipality areas.

The building of the bridge is
expected to start at the end of July and will cost about R100 million, creating
about 100 jobs over a two-year period.

Wednesday 20 July 2011 12:56

Google map of the planned bridge


View Mvezo in a larger map