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Cumakala Bridge
Stutterheim, Eastern Cape




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32°33'53.23" S 27°26'13.09" E

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The official hand-over of the Cumakala Bridge and access road took place on 09 June 2012. The Cumakala Bridge was designed to provide residents of the Mlungisi Township easier access the town centre of Stutterheim.

The bridge and access road, which was funded by the National Treasury's Neighbourhood Development Partnership Grant and was implemented by Aspire and the Amahlathi Municipality, halved the distance between Stutterheim and Mlungisi.

The construction of the bridge was originally suggested by the community to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Stutterheim's existence. Residents envisioned a pedestrian bridge linking the two communities, however the project was upgraded to accommodate motorists.

To maximise the benefit to the community, the bridge was designed to be built with labour-intensive face-brick cladding on a reinforced concrete structure.

(William Martinson, August 2013)

Foundation stone wording in Xhosa
Foundation stone wording in Xhosa
Foundation stone wording in English
Foundation stone wording in English

All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.