Impumelelo Awards Trust, S. Africa

This Cape Town project turned a polluted rat-infested river into an urban parkway. By taking the longer consultative route, this project helped the residents of Macassar discover an asset, and 25 workers had found employment and skills. In financial terms R1.5million had gone into the community and the 'soft engineering' approach had saved R10million - the estimated cost of burying the river in concrete pipes.

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