- Jeffreys Bay will be the venue for the first plastic road in South Africa
- The ground-breaking new project will greatly reduce maintenance costs and reduce the amount of plastic waste
- A backlog of road repairs to the tune of R500m led the DA-led Kouga Council to search for alternatives to the conventional method of building roads
South Africa’s first plastic road will be built in the Eastern Cape.
A collaboration between the Kouga Municipality, local engineers and MacRebur has resulted in the innovative project.
Through the project, it is envisioned that maintenance costs will be reduced significantly and it will lead to a great reduction in plastic waste.
Kouga Mayor Horatio Hendricks explained that the region has a backlog of road repairs to the tune of R500 million.
As a result, the DA-led municipality has been looking for alternative solutions to solve the problem.
This is where Scottish company, MacRebur, come into play.
The construction company has already implemented the new technology in the United Kingdom.
The plastic roads will be made from recycled plastic broken into pellets and have a longer life span than tar roads.
Cape Town Etc reported that potholes would also cease to exist. DA MPL Vicky Knoetze said, “Water won’t be able to seep through as easily.”
Although the pilot is taking place in the Eastern Cape, it will be rolled out to the rest of the country if the initial result is a success.
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