Africa's first plastic road project launched in J'Bay

14:08 (GMT+2) Mon, 11 Mar 2019
Gareth Nel from MacRebur, East Cape MPL Vicky Knoetze and Kouga Mayor Horatio Hendricks take a closer look at the pellets that are used in the asphalt mix.

Africa's first plastic road project was officially launched at the Kouga Municipality earlier on Monday.

The project will make use of 1.8 tons of non-recyclable plastic per 1 kilometre and will include a complete reconstruction of Koraal street in Jeffreys Bay.

The first phase of implementation will take place in about three weeks time when a large amount of waste plastic is expected to be imported from Scotland and will be used in the first pilot project.

DA MPL Vicki Knoetze says it took more than a year's planning to reach this stage.

"I am delighted with the outcome and that Kouga has agreed to become the first municipality in South Africa and the continent to put the technology to the test".

Jeffrey's Bay Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, says the project gives them the opportunity to start dealing with the huge backlog in road infrastructure.

"Poor roads have a devastating impact on communities. It's not only a danger to motorists, but it is also bad for the economy as it scares off potential investors and makes it difficult for existing businesses to ply their trade."

He said should the trial be successful, the municipality would like to see a factory being established in Kouga to produce the pellets locally in order to create more job opportunities.

The trial would be done at no cost to the municipality, with the respective partners set to foot the bill.