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26 November 2010
busy tarred road leading to the Karan Beef feed-lot in southern Gauteng was breaking up after 11 years of punishment from heavily laden trucks rumbling over it every day. But Karan Beef’s management are confident they’ll get twice that service from a new road surfaced with Technicrete’s Double Zig-Zag concrete blocks.
“At first we considered restoring the existing road with a new tar surface, but found that that would only last about 10 years,” says Jannie Botha, general manager of the feed-lot. “The Technicrete concrete block surface, which will give us vastly superior wear, was the best option. We believe we’ll get 20 years’ service from it.”
As many as 100 heavily laden trucks a day pass along the 2,2km-long road, which links the Karan Beef feed-lot with the R549 highway, near Heidelberg, south of Johannesburg.
Well before the entire length of the road was completed, between 50 and 100 trucks a day were already using the new surface. “It’s been performing brilliantly,” Botha reports.
Over 20 000m² of grey-toned Double Zig-Zag interlocking paving blocks were employed to re-surface the road, which has also been edged with 3000m² of Technicrete kerbing. Renowned for their hard-wearing capabilities, the pavers are one of he most widely used concrete block surfacing for roads, heavy-duty industrial areas and depots.
With over 120 000 head of cattle, the 2 330 hectares Karan Beef feedlot is the largest fully integrated beef production organisation in Africa. But it's more than a source of food for millions of South Africans: an adjacent game farm and wetlands eco-development is home to one of the widest selections of native wildfowl in Southern Africa.