Social Project Aids Paving Skills

4 April 2004



Acquiring paving skillssocial upliftment project in the Ekurhuleni local government region has provided an opportunity for valuable in-service training in paving skills for workers in a black emerging business construction company.

A contract to lay 3 000 m² of Technicrete Double Zig-Zag interlocking paving blocks at Geluksdal cemetery in Brakpan was won by Mzovuyo Building Contractors, whose small team of eight workers completed the big job in less than four weeks, creating a continuous, hard-wearing surface overlay.

"Because of the interlocking design of the blocks, my team were able to work very rapidly, despite having had no previous formal training in paving skills," says the company's MD, Simon Sintu. "Through intensive in-service training, they were able to learn the job as they went along, and after this I am sure they will be well equipped to take on similar jobs."

The company's assignment - from the Ekurhuleni Brakpan Parks and recreation Department - was to pave existing gravel pedestrian and vehicle access roads into the cemetery. "In wet weather it has been very difficult for mourners to visit, because of the muddy ground," says Sintu. "We have used two varieties of bricks - the 60mm thick paver for pedestrian use and the heavier 80mm paver for vehicle traffics."

He added: "The Double Zig-Zag block is certainly one of the fastest paving systems I have experienced, and the interlocking design simplifies the laying process."

The long life of the blocks results in a maintenance free road of a particularly high standard, which does not deteriorate in the short terms and is not affected by variations in the weather.