South Africa’s First Plastic Road


The moment I heard of South Africa’s first plastic road, I was extremely inquisitive about the research and input it took to pull this type of project off successfully. I can tell you, personally, I was not disappointed by the difference this could make to the future of our South African roads.

Shisalanga managing director, Donavan Deane Koekemoer stated that this tackles two of South Africa’s biggest problems. One of which is damaged roads and the other is recycling plastic waste. In one of the reports found on Averda, quoted “The unfortunate condition of many of our primary and secondary roads demands an immediate and long-lasting solution. The citizens who use these roads to get to school, work and clinics every day deserve safe roads that are well-maintained,” says Koekemoer. “On the other end of the scale, there is an urgent need to recycle plastic waste in South Africa, to minimise the waste ending up in landfill sites, and to reduce other environmental threats,” he adds. Koekemoer also said that the company would expand the use of this plastic-based road throughout South Africa.


The road was successfully paved by a company named Shisalanga Construction, a subsidiary of road construction company Raubex Group and officially put to use in March 2020. The road consists out of 3 million plastic bags. 1 km of the road makes use of 1,8 Million single-use bags.  The plastic-asphalt mix used to make the road is more durable, less prone to potholes and more heat resistant than tar. This way of paving roads is also much cheaper to maintain than normal tarred roads. The Asphalt is made our of bitumen and stone, which Bitumen can be extended with recycled plastic materials, reducing the amount of fossil fuel used. The roads will eventually only be using waste from the Municipality in the area where the road is being built.

Kouga Municipality is piloting the new approach to tarring roads in partnership with MacRebur SA.
MacRebur is planning on establishing a plant in South Africa. This will be creating more Job Opportunities as well.  

Sources:
News 24
Averda
Getaway
Cape Town etc
SA people


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Featured Tender: Construction of Orlando Non-Motorised Transport Route (NMT) Phase 2

Featured Tender: Construction of Orlando Non-Motorised Transport Route (NMT) Phase 2

Contract Number:

JDACNOTR002 (BMZ No. 2008 65949) – JDA

Description:

Construction of Orlando Non-Motorised Transport Route (NMT) Phase 2. The City of Johannesburg as one of the beneficiaries of the NMT (Non-Motorised Transport) grant by the German Development Bank (KfW) for the implementation of a sustainable NMT network in portions of Orlando in Soweto. The City aims to connect the phase 1 NMT infrastructure with public amenities such as Soweto University of Johannesburg (UJ) Campus, Maponya Mall precinct, Mofolo NMT infrastructure and others. The primary objective of the precinct is to create a more liveable neighbourhood that creates high quality NMT links, to develop community infrastructure and to implement improved security measures in Soweto, South of Johannesburg. The project entails the: Re-alignment of roads at Chris Hani Road bridge and Nicholas Street bridge; The relocation and optimisation of existing traffic signals at various intersections in Chris Hani Road and Nicholas Street; Relocation of existing services along Chris Hani Road and Nicholas Streets; Relocation of existing trees along the NMT Route; The renovation of certain pavement areas, including islands at intersections, in order to provide safe crossing facilities for cyclists and pedestrians; The provision of traffic accommodation as well as ancillary works; and The construction of additional sidewalks where there are no facilities and cycle lanes.

Category Industry
Infrastructure Road, Institutional
Region Site Inspection
Johannesburg 2020-02-18 12:00 PM
Closing Date Contract Period
12 March 2020 at 12:00 No details

 


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Incredible Bridge Structures throughout the World

Researching bridges, who knew it could be this interesting, here are three bridges that caught my attention. A bridge is not just a from of infrastructure for the use of transport, but they turn into historical landmarks within the cities and countries they are built in.

Here are some landmarks:

The longest bridge in the world is known as Danyang – Kunshan Grand Bridge, construction on this bridge started in 2006 and the bridge was opened on 30 June 2011. Employing 10,000 workers, and built at a cost of about $8.5 million. This bridge stretches a length of 165 kilometres over the waters in China, part of the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway. The bridge averages about 100 feet (31 meters) off the ground. This bridge type is called Viaduct.

The longest bridge in South Africa was built in March 1879, there were no details logged as to how long it took to build the bridge. This bridge is situated the Orange River, connecting the Eastern Cape and Free State, situated just outside the towns. The arched D.H. Steyn Bridge (also known as Hennie Steyn Bridge) is 1,152 km long and 51,5 meter high over water levels. This bridge is not only accessible for vehicles, but also has railway access.

The most visited bridge in South Africa is the Nelson Mandela bridge located in Johannesburg. This bridge took a budget of R102-120 million to build. The construction took place over 42 railway lines without disturbing any traffic, there are no logs as to when the construction actually started, but the bridge was completed in 2003. This bridge ranges in length of 284m and 27m high.

A bridge project that is currently taking place in Africa is known as the Bahir Dar Abay Bridge in Ethiopia.

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Sources:
Wikipedia
Mype
Google


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Featured Tender: Electrical installation at Parkstation Blueroom

Electrical installation at Parkstation Blueroom

Contract Number:

RFQ05-201166/05/2019 – Prasa Cres

Description:

Tenders are invited to bid on the Electrical installation at Parkstation Blueroom

Category Industry
Electrical & Instrument Institutional
Region Site Inspection
Johannesburg 2019-06-04 10:00 AM
Closing Date Contract Period
10 June 2019 at 10:3 No Details

 

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Featured Tender: Zonstraal Military Base Oxidation Ponds, Operation And Scheduled Maintenance

Zonstraal Military Base Oxidation Ponds, Operation And Scheduled Maintenance

Zonstraal Military Base

Contract Number:

NST18/026 – Department of Public Works

Description:

Tenders are invited for: Zonstraal Military Base Oxidation Ponds: 12 Months Operation And Scheduled Maintenance. Required at: Mpumalanga: Department of Public Works: Project Management.

 

Category Industry
Infrastructure
Plant & Machinery
Industrial
Region Site Inspection
KwaZulu-Natal 2018-08-29 11:00 AM
Closing Date Contract Period
31 August 2018 at 11:00 Twelve (12) months.

 

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