There was great rejoicing at the official opening of the new Shonga Bridge. The people of the area will now have year round access to health and education services and to markets. Before the bridge was built the villagers were cut off from these services as, in the rainy season, the whole area floods and the old bridge is submerged to a depth of 6 feet. To cross the flooded river safely, the new walkway bridge has been built some 9 feet above the old bridge level. The length of the bridge is 130 feet and was designed by Prof Alan McGown.