An awarded submission of the 2015/2016 AfriSam-SAIA Sustainable Design Award, community-driven project bridgingMzamba addressed the urgent need for a safe crossing of the Mzamba River in the Eastern Cape. The end result? A 140m-long suspension bridge that came about through an intensive collective approach between users, students and experts.

A team of 20 residents from both sides of the river, alongside eight volunteers from Europe, collaborated closely to enable skills development. Bridge maintenance benefited from the inhabitants’ identification with the bridge, so establishing a sense of ownership.

In terms of sustainability, design and technology for the project were guided by the reduction of the environmental impact, available resources, implementation with laypersons and the remote construction site.

Find out more about this winning project and watch the video here.