Residents of Shallcross, Durban, are tired of waiting for the government – national, provincial or local – to help rebuild flood-damaged infrastructure. So they rolled up their sleeves and did it themselves. “Team Pompene” is what the residents called themselves after the Pompene Bridge was repaired in their area following the devastating flood in April this year. After numerous requests for help from the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) and the Department of Transport went unanswered, the Pompene team rebuilt the bridge without assistance from the municipality. They did it in just four working days and spending just over…

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