One of the oldest steel bridges in Nelson Mandela Bay has been given a long overdue make-over by the Nelson Mandela
Bay Municipality as it had been found to be structurally unsafe and a danger to
Today, the Swartkops Bridge which has
gone through a meticulous transformation, is one of the City’s iconic
landmarks, and has had its lifespan extended by 15 to 20 years.
The bridge was originally built in
1879 and reconstructed in 1974.The municipality recently took a decision to
refurbish the structure to prevent it from rusting further and possibly
All the badly rusted steel has been
removed and replaced with new material, and the remainder of the bridge has
been sandblasted, primed and painted in colours that will be visible from the
N2 as the bridge is a landmark in the metro.
Mayor Athol Trollip said: "You’ve turned this bridge into a significant
landmark and have done it on record time, which should be important in
government. This river (Swartkops) is the lung of the city and is currently in
a bad state, we need to clean it up. We look to our young professionals for
innovative ideas in dealing with this river. We are aware of economic and
recreational significance of the river. Thus, we appeal to metro residents to
understand that we will work on it.”
The bridge is an entry and exit point
to Swartkops, and as such, plays a significant role for both business and the
community at large. It is also a popular spot for fishermen who use the
structure as a shelter during their fishing excursions.
Tourism plays a crucial role in
growing an economy which is why the Municipality has embarked on a programme of
refurbishing iconic landmarks and facilities. This will hopefully attract more
and more tourists to our shores. This is one of many transformative strategies
the municipality is embarking on to reposition the metro as one of the iconic
cities in South Africa.
Nelson Mandela Bay is a city of rising
opportunity for all.
Issued on behalf of Nelson Mandela Bay
Municipality Executive Mayor Athol Trollip. For more information, please don’t
hesitate to contact the Mayoral Spokesman Sibongile Dimbaza on 083 371 8708 or