How to stay Positive during Lockdown and Prepare for when it’s Over

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With all the tragic things that are happening in the world as a result of the Virus, now might seem like an unusual time to talk about being positive. Yet staying positive is a core ingredient in the recipe of successful coping in a crisis.

Now, more than ever is the time for us to be proactive about creating small moments of happiness daily.

Staying home is the absolute best thing we can do. By staying indoors, we’re hoping to flatten the curve. There’s no denying all this time indoors has given us time to think. Social media seems to make some of us nervous while others use it to spread positivity.

We’re in week two now, some of us feel calmer while others are starting to feel nervous, bored or worried and a whole lot of mixed emotions.

I decided to research: How to keep busy during Lockdown, How to stay positive and what to prepare for once everything starts to go back to normal again. Here are a few things you can try.

For your Business:

During this time, everyone is looking for ways to get more exposure and build up a pipeline for after Lockdown.

Use this opportunity to your advantage by retaining access to our Project and Tender Information plus Advertising opportunities to build up your pipeline and have potential clients gain exposure to your business.

Benefits of L2B during lockdown:

L2B Support Services & Staying Safe during Lockdown

It’s Business as Usual during Lockdown We’re working remotely to ensure you get the latest up-to-date information on Project and Tender leads, wherever you are.

View and manage your information on our website from your laptop, computer or on your mobile device. Our Daily Advisory and News notification emails will be published and delivered directly to your inbox, daily.

We are Here for You: L2B staff will still be available via email, phone, Skype or Zoom for any training or queries you may have.

Work Remotely: Because of the Leads 2 Business design, working from home has never been easier. Have construction industry-related leads at your fingertips – all you need is access to the internet.

Plan for the Future: Now is the best time to prospect, build a huge pipeline and get ready for when things get back to normal. Utilize the time during lockdown to identify potential business for future months. 

Stay Connected while working remotely during Lockdown

Don’t let COVID-19 affect your productivity

1. Utilise video solutions to get face time with colleagues, clients and prospects, we are all little deprived of human to human interaction and video contact will lift everyone’s mood and makes it feel more personal.

2. Stick to your schedule, don’t cancel meetings, instead try to adjust and make sure you stick to your daily work schedule, work your normal working hours, and take lunch when you normally would.

3. Talk to your bosses or boss, proactively schedule one on one time with your boss, this will keep you motivated and keep them up to date with everything you are up to.

4. Talk to a co-worker, video chat at least once a day, exchange tips on working from home and staying positive whilst doing so.

5. Reach out, if you find yourself struggling, don’t just move on or waste time trying to figure things out, your boss and co-workers are still there, so reach out and ask for help.

Mental Health Wellness Tips during Lockdown

For you and your family.

1. Stick to a routine: Go to sleep and wake up your normal time, write a schedule that is varied and includes time for work as well as family or own time. Being at home all the time can result in falling into some bad habits, such as avoiding regular breaks, working longer hours, and not taking regular screen breaks if you are working from home.

To avoid falling into a slump, try to establish a daily routine and stick to it.

Start your day at roughly the same time each day and make sure to set aside time for regular work breaks. Also stick to a routine with your children, who rely on routines constructed by others to make them feel safe and to know what comes next.

2. Dress for the social life you want, not the social life you have.  Get showered and dressed in comfortable clothes, wash your face, brush your teeth.  Take the time to do a bath or a facial.  Put on some bright colours.  It is amazing how our dress can impact our mood.

3. Pamper yourself, sometimes a bit of ‘me-time’ is sorely needed, so why not enjoy the ultimate relaxed night in and pamper yourself? Run a hot bubble bath, light some candles, and unwind with some music while enjoying a relaxing soak. Try some relaxation techniques

If you are having trouble switching off from everything, why not try some relaxation techniques.

4. Get out at least once a day, for at least thirty minutes. In the sun, in the garden. If you can. Spend time with your pets. Maybe take a drive to the shops. If you are concerned about contact, try first thing in the morning, or later in the evening, and try less travelled streets and avenues.  If you are high risk or living with those who are high risk, open the windows and blast the fan.  It is amazing how much fresh air can do for spirits.

5. Staying active, find some time to move each day, for at least thirty minutes.  If you don’t feel comfortable going outside many YouTube videos offer free movement classes, and if all else fails, turn on the music and have a dance party! Staying active not only ensures you keep your body moving, but exercise also helps to reduce stress, boost your energy levels and keep you more alert.

6. Reach out to others, you guessed it, at least once daily for thirty minutes. Try to do FaceTime, Skype, phone calls, texting—connect with other people to seek and provide support.  Don’t forget to do this for your children as well.  Set up virtual playdates with friends daily via FaceTime, Facebook Messenger Kids, Zoom, etc—your kids miss their friends, too! Our sales team does the same, just to check in with each other. Many of us may be fond of messaging, but you can’t beat having a face-to-face conversation with someone. While that may not be possible for most now, you can keep in contact with your loved ones by alternative means and ditch the texts in favour of video calls.

7. Stay hydrated and eat well: This one may seem obvious, but stress and eating often don’t mix well, and we find ourselves over-indulging, forgetting to eat, and avoiding food.  Drink plenty of water, eat some good and nutritious foods.

8. Savour the small moments: This can look different for everyone.  Even during Lockdown, you still have many small moments to savour. The smell of coffee, the feel of the warm shower on your back and so on. When you stop to take in these moments, rather than let them rush by on automatic pilot, you are giving your brain a chance to process the pleasure, which boosts your serotonin – the feel-good neurotransmitter that helps elevate your mood and make you feel calm. Bubbles to blow or blowing watercolour on paper through a straw are visually appealing as well as helps to control breathing.  Mint gum, Listerine strips, ginger ale, ice packs, and cold are also good for anxiety regulation. For children, it is great to help them create a self-regulation comfort box (often a shoebox or bin they can decorate) that they can use on the ready for first aid when overwhelmed.

9. Strengthen your connections: For those of us in family lockdown, now is the opportunity to spend quality time with our loved ones. Take the time to hug your kids or partner, look them in the eyes, have long conversations with them – all of these gestures promote closeness and also boost your oxytocin, which is a hormone that bonds people and also has a calming effect on your body. When your oxytocin levels spike, they tell your body to switch off cortisol, the stress hormone. Children will rarely communicate how they are feeling but will often make a bid for attention and communication through play.  Understand that play is cathartic and helpful for children—it is how they process their world and problem solve, and there’s a lot they are seeing and experiencing in the now.

10. Find your own retreat space: Space is at a premium, particularly with city living. Think through your own separate space for work and for relaxation.  For children, help them identify a place where they can go to retreat when stressed.  You can make this place cosy by using blankets, pillows, cushions, scarves, beanbags, tents, and “forts”.  It is good to know that even when we are on top of each other, we have our own special place to go to be alone.

11. Limit social media and COVID conversation: One can find tons of information on COVID-19 to consume, and it changes minute to minute.  The information is often sensationalized, negatively skewed, and alarmist.  Find a few trusted sources that you can check in with consistently, limit it to a few times a day, and set a time limit for yourself on how much you consume. Keep news and alarming conversations out of earshot from children—they see and hear everything and can become very frightened by what they hear.

12. Notice the good in the world, the helpers: There are also a ton of stories of people sacrificing, donating, and supporting one another in miraculous ways.  It is important to counterbalance the heavy information with hopeful information. Appreciate those who are working to keep us safe. Look for the good in others when we tune into these positive and pro-social aspects of the crisis, we are united in hope.

13. Help others: Find ways, big and small, to give back to others.  Offer to grocery shop, check-in with elderly neighbours, write psychological wellness tips for others—helping others gives us a sense of agency when things seem out of control.  

14. Organize your surroundings: In moments of big uncertainty and overwhelm, control your little corner of the world.  Organize your bookshelf, purge your closet, put together that furniture, group your toys.  It helps to anchor and ground us when the bigger things are chaotic.

15. Give yourself a project, find a long-term project to dive into.  Having a fun project to focus on will not only help to keep you busy every day. Now is the time to learn how to play the keyboard, put together a huge jigsaw puzzle, paint a picture, read a new story, writing, gardening, crochet a blanket. Research has shown that repetitive movement (knitting, colouring, painting, clay sculpting, jump roping etc) especially left-right movement (running, drumming, skating, hopping) can be effective at self-soothing and maintaining self-regulation in moments of distress, find something that will keep you busy, distracted, and engaged to take breaks from what is going on in the outside world. Challenge yourself to learn how to cook something new!

16. Find lightness and humour in each day:  Watch something funny each day: cat videos on YouTube, a stand-up show on Netflix, a funny movie—we all need a little comedic relief in our day, every day.

17. Reach out for help: If you are having difficulty coping, seek out help for the first time.  There are mental health people on the ready to help you through this crisis.  Your children’s teachers and related service providers will do anything within their power to help, especially for those parents tasked with the difficult task of being a whole treatment team to their child with special challenges.  Seek support groups of fellow home-schoolers, parents, and neighbours to feel connected.  There is help and support out there, any time of the day, although we are physically distant, we can always connect virtually.

18. Remind yourself daily that this is temporary: It seems during this lockdown that it will never end.  It is terrifying to think of the road stretching ahead of us.  Please take time to remind yourself that although this is very scary and difficult and will go on for an undetermined amount of time, it is a season of life and it will pass.  We will return to feeling free, safe, busy, and connected in the days ahead.

19. Find the lesson: See the potential positive outcomes this can affect, the meaning and construction that can come out of destruction.  What can each of us learn here, in big and small ways, from this crisis?  What needs to change in ourselves, our homes, our business our communities, our nation, and our world?

20. Stay Positive and Stay Safe!

What is the first thing you’ll do once everything goes back to normal?

It’s a good question, to be honest. Now, life is pretty much on hold which doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll all be free to go about our days again straight away.

Perhaps, when we’re finally allowed back outside, we’ll start to appreciate the little things more.

Rearranging missed dates: Afternoon teas, baby showers, Braai with friends, cinema trips, eating out, theme park visits, weekends away, birthdays, anniversaries- whatever you’ve missed or had to sacrifice during lockdown- don’t let it be forgotten- rearrange it once you can and fill up your diary again. 

Spending time with your friends: Because they are the family you choose and unfortunately can’t live with! You will be able to have a good catch up and an inevitable moan about the last few weeks. 

Spending more time with the family that doesn’t live with you: If the lockdown has taught us anything, it’s the importance of family and being present with them. So, once we are all safe to get out and about again- spend more time with your family and don’t put off visits or give excuses, make the effort because you know what the alternative feels like now. 

Comparing stories: We will all have lived through the same situation however everyone’s experiences will be very different. It’s important, once we can spend time with those outside the family home- to unpack the last few weeks/months by talking it out with others. 

Booking a holiday: If you have holidays left at the end of lockdown, make sure you use them wisely. Given the amount of time you will have spent at home, you might want to fly far away or do day trips every day- whatever you prefer, you have earned a well-needed break from the nest. 

Get back to the Gym: Being active and join your normal Pilates or dance classes, or any activity that provides classes.

Getting back to work: Enjoy your office space again. Working all those leads you have compiled.

Sources:
Cherry Professional
India Today
Edinburgh News
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My journey started in 2015 with Leads 2 Business, as an Account Executive, and gradually grown to take the role of being the Client Liaison Office (CLO) since 2018. Assisting in the delivery of our services and insuring our clients expectations and requirements are exceeded.

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“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius


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I have been working for Leads 2 Business, in the Private Projects Department, for 10 years this July. I am Deputy HoD for Private Projects. Researching mining projects and projects through-out the African continent are my areas of research and I find them most interesting.

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“The 2 most important days in your life are; the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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Leads 2 Business: Lockdown Support

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At Leads 2 Business we’ve got YOU covered, yes, even during the Lockdown. Our friendly staff can still be reached via phone, email or even LiveHelp.

We will still be working remotely and safely from our homes bringing you the latest, up-to-date information where ever you are working.

You can still access our website, view tenders and projects from your laptop, computer or even your mobile, so you won’t miss a thing.

The Daily Advisory email will still be going out every evening, directly to your inbox, so you don’t have to leave your house or even your couch!

 

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” – Henry Ford


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Challenges Women Face in the Construction Industry

There has been a large number of studies done since the 19th century, highlighting the challenges women face in male-dominated industries. An even more alarming amount of research was undertaken after “female friendlier” 20th century. Research in the 20th century focused on challenges women in the construction industry face, whether it is in entering or remaining in the industry. It was interesting to note that even though these studies were undertaken independently of each other, there were a few common factors in all the papers that highlighted. These key papers and factors challenged the status quo and put to question other issues women deal with.

The factors I have identified in my research are presented in this blog with elaboration on each factor. The overall aim in putting together this blog was not to leave female readers feeling defeated but rather, I hope that it becomes a part of a narrative that encourages women in this sector to carry on holding it down and changing the outdated social behavioural norms this industry is built upon despite the hardships. Their time of existence is up!

Factors discussed include:

  • The image of the industry,
  • Career knowledge,
  • Culture and working environment,
  • Male-dominated training courses and
  • Family commitments.

The studies showed that the general image of the sector was a huge deciding factor for both men and women however, it presents more pressures to women. Studies found to illustrate the sector’s image as highly militant as it is a male-dominated sector requiring brute strength, good tolerance for outdoor conditions, inclement weather and bad language and experts have suggested that it is mainly this image that makes females uninterested in gaining entry in the sector.

To add fuel to the fire, the sector has also been infamously defined as being among the most chauvinistic with an extremely macho culture which is hostile and discriminatory to women. This often results in women having to act like men to be successful, or leave if they are not adaptable to the culture. Or they remain in the industry without behaving like men but then they maintain unimportant positions with no real power to make impactful decisions.

The academic training offered by institutions and training organizations create a host of problems for women where they are faced with general disbelief either while in school from the instructors or when they enter the working world from their colleagues that they could be technically competent. My findings also illustrated that women tend to lack access to informal networks that provide access to high-profile development opportunities. Furthermore, women have limited offers presented to them or limited access to a range of developmental experiences and activities that build the credibility they need to advance in this industry. I am uncertain though if the latter finding is due to the academic structures of the sector or the companies hiring these females just not being open to offering these opportunities to them.

And finally, the child-bearing problem, a never-ending issue for women with career aspirations in any sector. I did not need to do much research on this last factor as it touches a personal aspect of my life. The demands the construction industry places on personal relationships is tremendous and damaging. My father was a civil engineer, employed a director in the Department of Transport KZN. The constant site meetings, inspections and whatever else he had on his plate put a strain on our father-daughter bond. Simply put, he was never home and this is a reality for a lot of site-based employees, they are usually subject to the location needs and potential change. As a result, I moved around a lot as a kid and just working at Leads 2 Business and interacting with professionals daily-basis, I am sad to say that the industry is still failing to appreciate some of the issues associated with combining work and family commitments and because of the childbearing innate character in most females, finding a balance between work and family could be a huge factor that poses difficulties for women in the industry.

In closing, I will use the words by Zara Hadid, the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize, the architect-designer for the London Aquatics Centre for the Olympic Games.

It’s still very difficult for women to operate as professionals because there are still some worlds women have no access to. No matter what you do, because you’re a woman, you cannot enter. Sometimes the difficulties are incomprehensible. You cannot believe the enormous resistance I’ve faced just for being an Arab, and a woman on top of that. The moment my woman-ness is accepted, the Arab-ness seems to become a problem. I’ve broken beyond the barrier, but it’s been a very long struggle. It’s made me tougher and more precise – and maybe this is reflected in my work. I still experience resistance, but I think this keeps you on the go.”

I think that sums up the rewards of perseverance in the industry. Just keep going. It will pay off!

Sources:
B Constructive
Semantic Scholar
The Guardian
Building Professions, (University of Sussex: Institute for Employment Studies/CIOB)


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8 Interesting places to visit in Angola

Angola is a country situated in Southwestern Africa with a vast history of civil war and Illegal poaching. The name Angola comes from the word Ngola, which was an iron object that symbolized kingship among the Mbundu & Lunda people. A holiday in Angola with leave you mesmerised with the beauty of the cities, the tropical forests, Pasture lands and animals. I chose the 8 most beautiful places to visit in Angola.

1. Luanda
Luanda is the modern capital city located in Angola and it overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. The city is densely overpopulated but it has not lost its charm and the uniqueness of the city can never fade away. So when you are in Angola, never forget to visit Luanda.

2. Dilolo Lake
The Dilolo Lake is the largest lake located in Angola. The lake has certain mystic happenings that occur there. Legend has it some supernatural forces seem to cover the entire lake which prevents fishermen from fishing in the lake.

3. The Tunda Vala Fissure
The Tunda-Vala volcanic fissure, where you can climb to 2600m above sea level. The view of a sheer drop to sea level is quite spectacular. This area is perfect hiking. Don’t miss out on this wonderful destination.

4. Benguela
Benguela is a city in Western Angola, capital of Benguela Province. Benguela is one of Angola’s most populous cities with a population of 555,124 in the city. On the 13th August 2014 the Benguela Railway, in Angola, was reopened throughout, between the port of Lobito and the town of Luau. The devastating Angolan civil war, which lasted for 27 years, from 1976 to 2002, forced the closure of the entire railway line, except for the 34 km (21 mile) stretch between the coastal towns of Lobito and Benguela. This region has the friendliest people. There are various beautiful beaches located here. A must-see for every tourist!

5. The Arch Lagoon
The Arch Lagoon is located in Tombwa and is famous for the various rock formations in the Lagoon. This park has more than 2000 stone arches, in addition to more than a hundred soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. Do not miss the exotic wildlife species in the area. If you are looking for peace and serenity, Don’t miss the Arch Lagoons.

6. The Lobito
Lobito is a relatively new location and is known for the export and the harbour located in the region. There are numerous beaches situated in Lobito. There are many fine-dining restaurants where you can get a taste of the cuisines famous in the region. Lobito has perfect sunrises and sunsets.

7. Dala Waterfalls
What a spectacular sight to see the water coming down crashing on the rocks is a grand feat. A bridge built below the falls is something which is a place to visit. The Waterfalls capture many hearts of the visitors who give a visit to Angola.

8. Iona National Park
This is the largest national park in Angola. The park holds the best species of plants and animals that one can ever see. The Springbok, The Ostrich, are some of the indigenous species that you can find in the park. These are the best places in Angola which should be visited at least once in a lifetime.

Sources:
Sky Ticket
Travel Tour
Wikimedia
Heritage Portal
PX Here
Britannica

 


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How Climate Change Affects Construction

Many parts of the country and all over the world are experiencing climate change. The weather changes are and will continue to have a prominent effect on the construction industry and the employment rates.

There are four concerns around climate change in terms of the greatest impact it will have on the construction industry:

  • Worker safety
  • Weather-related delays
  • Construction materials design and manufacturing
  • Insurance costs

Journey with me as we explore and investigate The Effects of Climate change on Construction.

Climate change is expected to have an impact on many aspects of building performance. The world’s climate is changing.

We leave little room for error on the construction site, especially if the error is beyond your control. Perhaps one of the most recent concerns is the effect that climate change is having on the construction industry.

According to sources, the global sea level has risen about eight inches in the last 100 years, with the rate in the past two decades nearly doubling, the number of record high temperature increasing, along with increasing numbers of intense rainfall.

With the weather becoming more aggressive and untimely, this can only mean destruction for an industry that relies on weather predictability and clear skies.

Climate change impacts worksite safety with unpredictable rain. Flooding can lead to deteriorating wood and slippery surfaces increasing injuries and high temperatures can cause heatstroke, heat exhaustion and could sadly lead to death. No matter what precautions are taken to protect workers in these harsh conditions, the biggest threat is unpredictability.

Climate change also has an effect on building materials and current structures. Changes in temperatures cause building materials like brick and wood to decay and crack faster.

Construction companies increasingly find themselves facing escalated insurance costs due to project delays, which are related to extreme weather and labour risks. This means construction companies need to increase the costs of the project to accommodate rising insurance costs or stop with certain construction projects due to an inability to afford insurance.

Buildings can be affected drastically by climate change, where in the future there may be the risk of collapse, health breakouts and loss of value as a result of heavy rainfall. Building lifetime is reduced, stronger storms are the greatest challenge and this is a continuous safety risk.

Research has shown that with implications for the future, climate change will have different impacts on different buildings depending on the type, scale, use, construction and location. It is clear that even without the current uncertainties in climate change, science and the potential impacts of climate change on buildings, establishing suitable mechanisms to deal with these issues is also problematic.

In conclusion, the upside of Climate Change, the one thing you can be sure of is that no matter what changes there may be, we at Leads 2 Business will be there to keep you updated.


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About Estelle Pillay

My start here at Leads 2 Business in April 2019 marks a journey so far vibrant and exciting. I function as a content researcher within a dynamic team in the Projects Department, on the other side I am a mother of two beautiful children who bring out the best part of me.

10 Richest Countries in Africa

While most listings of countries’ wealth are determined according to the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of each country, there are two other ways of determining a country’s wealth, namely: GDP (PPP (Purchasing Power Parity)) and GDP per capita.

Definitions:

GDP: the value of all final services and goods produced in a country’s economy over a period of time, usually a year.

GDP (PPP): includes the fact that the same amount of money can buy a different amount of goods in each country (i. e. a basket of goods comparison approach).

GDP per Capita: the GDP divided by the population size. This provides an average GDP for individuals within the country but could be quite misleading.

The data is as follows (These stats are from the 11 October 2019 data report from the IMF, and are based on GDP current prices, U. S. dollars):

As you can see, the lists do differ according to the measurement employed. For instance, the GDP per capita is not a very accurate representation of the average income of individuals within the economy as Equatorial Guinea is listed third and yet they have a very high rate of poverty. Out of these measurements, the GDP (PPP) might be the best measurement to use, as this provides a measure of the standard of living within an economy.

To confuse matters even more, there is also a listing according to “Most Developed Country”. This listing is determined by the Human Development Index (HDI), released by the United Nations Development Programme annually. The HDI is determined by three factors: Healthcare, Education and Life Expectancy.

Accordingly, the top 10 Most Developed Countries are:

Whichever your preference might be, there are only two countries listed on all of these graphs, and they are Algeria and South Africa.

This could be due to the Algerian-South African High Binational Commission for Cooperation (HCBNC) which was formed in 2000, resulting in Algeria being South Africa’s largest trading partner in the region, with steadily increasing bilateral trade.

Establishing the richest countries in Africa, considering all the various factors that need to be taken into account, is more difficult than anticipated, and it might be a better representation of the true state of an economy to look at how many graphs each country is on.

Looking to the future, do you think that these countries will stay the same or might another country emerge to topple all those that came before it?

Sources:
sparknotes.com
quora.com
wikipedia.org
International Monetary Fund
Embassy of Algeria
The African Exponent
Financial Times
World Population Review


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Leads 2 Business Milestone: 25 000 Projects

Milestone Alert:

25 000 Projects

We celebrate another important milestone, the publishing of our 25 000th Project!

“A celebrated benchmark by our research team in relentless pursuit of delivering building and construction opportunities to our subscribers!” – Victor Terblanche, CEO and Founder of Leads 2 Business

Project Publishing Milestones:

5 000 23 October 2007
10 000 03 April 2012
15 000 21 November 2014
20 000 11 May 2017
25 000 04 March 2020

So, what was the 25 000th project?

Below is a screenshot of the Project which falls under Gauteng as it appears for our L2B subscribers. For more information on this project, please check out our Featured Project post on the L2B Blog.

More about L2B:

Leads 2 Business is a niche, construction-industry service provider, offering a sustained source of researched tenders and project leads, a support service that will increase your productivity and free up valuable time so you can focus on the important aspects of taking your business forward in 2020.


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Recycling in SA

When one hears about recycling, the Do’s and Don’ts, that you should recycle and the damage it is causing to our planet, it sometimes falls onto ears that do not care or that are tired of hearing the same thing over and over again “Save our Planet, recycle” Blah Blah Blah.

But what if I told you that recycling has become very fascinating? Don’t believe me? Let us see if I can change your view just a little bit.

As we all know, we should recycle the following: Cans, Paper, Glass and Plastic, however today I will be focusing on one specific material that is recyclable and indeed becoming a very important recycling material in South Africa: Plastic. Yes, plastic!

South Africa has some of the highest recycling rates and recycles more plastic than most countries and has a well-supported and dynamic recycling industry which is steadily improving year by year.

We all know that plastic waste is one of the world’s biggest problems, however, advanced technology and healthy clever brains have found a perfect solution to some of South Africa’s biggest problem areas, Plastic Pollution and Damaged Roads. Combine those two problems and Voila!, some smart people have decided to fix our roads with plastic. Say What!? Um, well okay??

Shisalanga Construction has successfully completed a plastic road in Cliffdale, KZN. The company used a binding agent with unique properties to blend the recycled plastic compounds into the asphalt formula for the road. A recycling plant turns recycled plastic into pellets, which are then heated until dissolved to be mixed with additives. 6% of the asphalt’s bitumen binder is then replaced, the result: for every ton of asphalt roughly 118 to 128 bottles are being used. The repaved road in Cliffdale which is more than 400 meters long, used asphalt made with the equivalent of nearly 40 000 recycled 2-litre milk bottles. Wow! Now that is pretty awesome to me.

Another plastic road was completed in Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape. Roughly 1.5 tons of recycled plastic was used to pave just 1km of road. The 1.5-ton plastic is comparable to 1.8 million plastic bags being used. By the end of the project, roughly 3 million plastic bags would have been used.

The results of this new plastic road make the road stronger and more durable, so that water, which is one of the main causes for creating our lovely potholes, will not be able to penetrate it so easy compared to the more traditional asphalt mixes. These plastic roads will also be more heat resistant.

With this new innovation of using recycled plastic for roads in our beautiful country gives us new hope to tackle our country with its waste problem as well as improve the quality of our roads. Can’t wait to see what else our clever South Africans come up with next.

Sources:
Averda
Plastics Info
Waste Advantage Mag


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About Nadine Vermeulen

I started working at Leads 2 Business in October 2014 in the Leads 2 Quotes Department. I managed all the Daily Tender Bill Requests and followed up on BoQ's for our Daily Tender Subscribers. In 2017, I was promoted to L2Q Assistant and now work with Bill of Quantities for Contractors. 🙂

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