South Africa is in urgent need of rural infrastructure development. In remote rural areas, access to vital amenities, such as healthcare, markets and education is limited. Additionally, for many outlying communities, economic growth is hampered by the challenge of crossing difficult terrain, where rivers, prone to periodic flooding during rainy season, pose a real threat to the people crossing them.
Over many of these rivers, safe pedestrian or vehicular bridging simply does not exist; for generations communities have relied on boats, make-shift bridging solutions or have even risked swimming to reach the other side, sometimes tragically resulting in loss of life, as children attempt to cross the swollen rivers en route to school.
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