New engine boats to service the Enkovukeni community
July 16, 2018
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: The Deputy Minister of Transport, Sindisiwe Chikunga, today, July 16, 2018, handed over three engine boats to the community of Enkovukeni in Umhlabauyalingana, north of KwaZulu-Natal.
The initiative is a second phase of the Umhlabauyalingana Outreach Programme which was launched in September 2016 by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA).
The deputy Minister Chikunga donated one boat during the first phase of the programme in 2016.
The three new boats that were handed over today are said to increase the number of engines boats servicing the community to four and this will make travelling to the neighbouring inland communities much easier for the community of 157 people.
The goal of the project is to bring relief to the island community of Enkovukeni.
Enkovukeni is a thin 5km strip of land, practically an island, stretching from Bhanga Neck to Kosi Bay Mouth with the Indian Ocean on one side and the Kosi Bay lake system on the other.
The community has to cross the Enkovukeni Dam by foot to access the neighbouring inland communities for essential services such as schools, health care facilities, post and Home Affairs offices.