MegaBanner-Right

MegaBanner-Left

LeaderBoad-Right

LeaderBoard-Left

Home » Featured » Road forum meeting hosted online

Road forum meeting hosted online

With the promise of a plethora of road construction projects on the cards as part of Governments Covid-19 economic relief stimulus packages the 39th Road Pavement Forum (RPF) was an eagerly anticipated event and was successfully organised as an online event in September this year.

Hosted by surface mining industry association, ASPASA, the event was well attended by approximately 300 attendees via meeting streaming software and featured hard hitting presentations and high levels of interaction.

First on the agenda was Louw Kannemeyer of the South African National Roads Authority Limited (Sanral) who provided an update of future project roll outs and the position of the agency at present. With a lack of funding due partially to E-Tolls collection difficulties and compounded by Covid-19 restrictions the Agency is keeping a careful reign on its existing and future projects.  As seen there can only be projects for which there is budget.

He added that the impact of the ongoing E-Toll debacle had been a reduction in toll, as well as non-toll revenue which was used to service toll infrastructure debt. This shortfall amounted to approximately R17bn which effectively put a halt on any expansive projects in future. The Covid-19 pandemic also led to losses of about R1.1 billion which was reallocated from Sanral to the Covid-19 relief fund by the Department of Treasury.

Equally interesting was a presentation by Gerrie van Zyl of the South African Bitumen Association who spoke about the associstion’s new Sabita Manual 40 which will be used to replace or compliment the current TRH3 manual. The manual, which is available from Sabita incorporates new technologies and other important updates for the industry to observe and synchronises carefully with COTO standards. The sections of the manual includes general information, materials, performance, seal type and binder selection, design, construction, quality assurance and the repair of premature failures.

Cobus Van der Walt of Sanral covered the latest draft of the eagerly anticipated COTO Standard Specification for Road and Bridge Work for South African Roads Authorities, saying it has been a long project leadng to a complete overhaul of the old COLTO document. Barry Pearce of Learning Matters updated the audience on Laboratory Testers Certification ISO 17024 and the deeming of “competent persons” in the eye of legislators.

Prof Wynand Steyn of Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology, discussed the University’s new Engineering 3 Faculty which is currently under construction and promises to provide its students with world leading facilities to be used in the construction and study of roads.

  • Aspasa, Nico Pienaar, Tel: (011) 791 3327, Fax: 086 647 8034, Email: nico@aspasa.co.za, Web: www.aspasa.co.za
To enquire about Cape Business News' digital marketing options please contact sales@cbn.co.za

Related articles

Rail, maritime infrastructure investment needed for Africa to thrive

Deputy President Paul Mashatile says Africa needs to reduce structural and regulatory barriers in order to unlock investment in road and maritime infrastructure, and...

New Mattei RVR series compressors 

MATTEI Group, the Italy-based rotary vane compressor company, is proud to announce the launch of its new RVR Series compressor range, which provides significant...

MUST READ

City proposes modification of weirs at Zeekoevlei and Rondevlei to improve...

THE City of Cape Town proposes the redevelopment and upgrade of the weirs at Zeekoevlei and Rondevlei that are located within the False Bay...

RECOMMENDED

Cape Business News
Follow us on Social Media