Impumelelo Awards Trust, S. Africa

This provincial initiative to repair flood damage to the scenic Meiringspoort road explores innovative ways for involving the locals. Not many years ago the solution to flood damage would have been expensive and highly mechanical. The only people to benefit financially would have been the engineering company that was awarded the repair contract. Instead, flood damage repairs were performed at the local level. At the end of the project R23 million had been invested in local labour, contractors and materials, and 20 permanent jobs were created at the recreation facilities. Perhaps more importantly, tourism had been stimulated by the upgrading of the roadside rest and sightseeing spots, and a number of unskilled labourers had found they now had marketable attributes.

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