Ensuring the safety of rural learners in kwazulu natal

The DBSA is constructing a bridge that will serve over 125 learners from the remote villages of KwaShukela and Nondabuya, in the Jozini and uMhlabuyalingana local municipalities.

A lack of transport and direct access routes to the schools mean that rural learners walk long distances and swim across rivers daily to get to school and to return home. This poses significant safety and health risks to the children including drowning, waterborne diseases and the threat of crime. The pedestrian bridge will be constructed as a permanent solution providing direct access to the schools across the uHlanjana River. In the meantime, the Bank is providing two buses for scholar transport to affected learners.

The children catching the bus as an interim measure until the pedestrian bridge is constructed