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15 February 2012
Extensive upgrading of roads and footpaths is under way in Limpopo province townships, with Technicrete's Polokwane manufacturing plants gearing up to meet the new year demand for concrete paving and kerbing.
As 2012 resurfacing projects got under way after the construction industry seasonal break, one common feature was the repeated specification by engineers of Technicrete's Double Zig-Zag interlocking concrete paving block, which has won a reputation as one of the best-performing blocks, with applications ranging from pedestrian routes to heavy-duty main roads.
The current focus of a number of projects in Limpopo is putting long-lasting concrete block surfaces on townships' existing gravel walkways.
At Alldays, in the Blouberg municipality, the construction of 2km of walkways with the Double Zig-Zag pavers is well ahead, and completion is expected early in the New Year by the contracting company, Nkotheleni Business Enterprises. The work involves the laying of 4 000m² of 60mm pavers, as well as 4 000m² of Technicrete concrete kerbing.
The Alldays project follows similar upgrading work at Bochum, where the company late last year laid 1,2km of footpaths – also using 6 800m² of the Double Zig-Zag pavers. More upgrades elsewhere in the Bochum area using the Technicrete paving blocks and kerbing are planned, according to Rodney Tshivhandekano, managing director of Nkotheleni.
"The interlocking paver is very robust, long-lasting and ideal for this purpose," he said. "2012 is also going to keep us busy upgrading other roads in the Polokwane area, and we currently have contracts that will keep us busy into November. We plan on using the same paving block on these projects."
The blocks are also being used in upgrading projects in urban areas of Limpopo Province. At Seshego Hospital near Polokwane, work is under way to lay some 4 000 m² of Double Zig-Zags for a parking area and entrance road leading to the hospital's rehabilitation wing, while another 3 000m² surface a new parking area at Lepelele Water's offices in the city.
"The Double Zig-Zag paver is excellent," says Andre Halgreen, owner of the contracting company, Rockcotta Crete. "It all boils down to this – a top quality product, top quality service backup and ready availability of the pavers when we need them."