Rain wrecks bridge and leaves family trapped in their home

first_imgAn elderly wheelchair user and his extended family have been trapped in their homes after heavy rain washed away a bridge leading to their homes.The O Duibhir family from An Bun Beag in Gaoth Dobhair awoke this morning to find heavy rain had burst the banks of the nearby River Clady.The heavy swell washed away a bridge leading to the extended family’s three homes being cut off from the main road. John ‘Mor’ O Duibhir, who is in his 70s, requires constant care and receives three home helps to his home.His son Sean said the family are trapped in their homes and need help as soon as possible.“We simply cannot get in or out in our cars. We’re trapped. My father receives visits from the home help services and they will not be able to drive here either.“This has happened a few times before but this is the worst I have seen it. The bridge is completely gone. “We need this fixed once and for all so that this does not happen.“We have spent a lot of our own money fixing this over the years but now the job needs to be done properly,” said Sean who is a part-time fireman.”Local county councillor Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig visited the family and has contacted both Minister Joe McHugh’s office as well as Minister Boxer Moran’s office as well as Deputy Thomas Pringle.He told Donegal Daily “This is not something that can wait a few weeks and a patch-up job done on it. I have been in touch with Donegal County Council and they are acting.“But we need something done from the top on this situation and we need this bridge sorted immediately for these families. “John O Duibhir needs home helps each day as he is in a wheelchair and we need to have access to these houses reinstated as soon as possible.“After that, we need to make sure that a new bridge is built so that this does not simply happen again this winter,” he said.Rain wrecks bridge and leaves family trapped in their home was last modified: September 3rd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bridgeclady riverdonegalfloodsGOATH DOBHAIRhousetrappedlast_img read more

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New take on iconic vuvuzela

first_imgBuilding on the popularity of the iconic vuvuzela, South African National Parks, First National Bank and a local vehicle component company have teamed up to bring sports fans another instrument to pump up the volume at football matches, the spiralled kuduzela.MEDIA CONTACTS • Reynold Thakhuli South Africa National Parks +27 12 426 5170 • Kirsten Edwards FNB Corporate Communications +27 76 191 4878USEFUL LINKS • First National Bank 2010 • South African National Parks • Travelwires.com RELATED ARTICLES • Colourful vuvuzelas – from kelp • Viva the vuvuzela orchestra! • Football – South Africa styleWilma den HartighWhen the novelty of trumpeting on a vuvuzela wears off, South African sports fans can apply their lips to a different kind of wind instrument, the kuduzela, inspired by the spiral horn of the kudu antelope.The new instrument, said to mimic a bellowing elephant, is the result of a joint effort between South African National Parks (SANparks) and First National Bank (FNB), and has been rolled out just in time for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.SANparks chose the kudu horn model as it has great historic significance for African communities.“Traditionally, in some African communities, the kudu horn has been used as an instrument to call people together for gatherings at the royal house or for a community imbizo [a meeting], but most importantly as a call to battle. Now the kuduzela will fulfil the same role,” said Dr David Mabunda, chief executive officer (CEO) of SANParks.“The kuduzela will call all South Africans, international guests and soccer fans to South Africa for what is set to be a spectacular tournament in 2010 and, appropriately, it will be calling the ‘warring parties’ to the symbolic battlefield of soccer,” he added.Novel business ideaAK Stone Guard, a vehicle component manufacturer based in the industrial town of Vereeniging on the outskirts of Gauteng, has set up a separate division called Kudu Kudu Manufacturing to make the kuduzelas.The company got involved in the project as a result of the economic downturn and consequent slowdown in vehicle production. As business was quiet, the owners started looking for innovative ways to keep the plant operational and their staff employed.With some careful planning, a section of the plant was modified to manufacture the kuduzelas.Reynold Thakhuli, media relations general manager for SANparks, said that through the project the company has managed to retain 25 jobs.“These people would have otherwise faced retrenchment,” he said.AK Stone Guard managing director Gary Immelman is optimistic that more workers will be employed as kuduzela production increases ahead of the World Cup.The kuduzelas are mostly made of recycled plastic from the vehicle plant.To ensure that the kuduzela looks authentic, a real horn was used to produce the mould. Thakhudi said the original horn was taken from a kudu that died of old age in the Kruger National Park.Double spin-offNot only is the project saving jobs, it will also boost conservation education in South Africa.A percentage of the manufacturing cost of each kuduzela will be donated to the Kids in Parks conservation project – an education programme which helps children explore South African national parks and understand their place in the natural and cultural world.“SANparks chose this project because it is important to educate children from an early age about conservation issues,” Thakhudi explained.FNB CEO Michael Jordaan said the bank has committed itself to donating 6.24% of the cost of every kuduzela produced to SANparks for the Kids in Parks project.“This will equate to more than R600 000 from the bank’s order alone,” Jordaan said.Finding your kuduzelaIf you’re itching to get your hands on a kuduzela, and are an FNB customer, you can enter a draw to win one. Simply make three or more prepaid airtime purchases per month by dialling *130*321# to stand a chance of winning.Until the end of September 2009 FNB has the exclusive rights to the kuduzelas for their airtime competition, but after that the horns will be available at Makro outlets, Pick ‘n Pay and Kruger National Park camp shops.If you’re an ardent fan of the trusty vuvuzela, don’t worry about them being phased out or playing second fiddle to the new kuduzela.SANpark’s Thakhudi explained that the kuduzela wouldn’t replace its well-known cousin at football games. It will just bring a unique South African flavour to stadiums during sports events, especially next year’s World Cup.“The kuduzela will sound like a herd of elephants trumpeting and we hope that the two instruments will enhance each other,” he said. • Do you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]last_img read more

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