The upgrading of a 33-kilometre long rural road, with drainage structures, is being undertaken by Stefanutti Stocks Roads & Earthworks in partnership with Exarro, the Limpopo Road Agency and Lephalale Municipality.
The 24-month contract to upgrade the gravel road that links the village of Ga-Selaka with Rietfontein to Letlora, is being undertaken for client Exarro, and includes:
- Stormwater and drainage structures,
- Block paving, gabions
- stone pitching
- construction of a single seal road.
Construction on the road that is situated ten kilometres from the Botswana border, began in late October 2016, and should be completed in October 2018.
The water shortage and poverty in the area, the high youth unemployment and political interference are factors that whilst affecting the day-to-day operations on the contract, have provided Stefanutti Stocks with countless opportunities to give back, and to engage with the community.
In terms of localisation content, thirty per cent of the contract value must be spent on small local businesses and local SMMEs, and eight per cent of the project value must be spent on employing local members of the community within the local labour force.
The partnership with Exarro, the Limpopo Road Agency and Lephalale Municipality sees Stefanutti Stocks contributing to the accommodation and catering for plant operators and supervisors; supplying the plant/machinery utilised on site; employing and training local safety reps and points-men; as well as security staff.
The site offices have been rented from a local business owner, who will benefit from the conversions, as well as the provision of boreholes for water, building infrastructure and electricity undertaken by Stefanutti Stocks. All these facilities will remain behind, once the project has been completed.
In addition to donating soccer balls and netball balls, as well as grading soccer and athletics fields, the site team has also visited many of the over twenty local schools, to educate scholars on traffic and road safety. Many more activities have been earmarked to invest in the local community, including a tree planting project during Arbor week that in the years to come will provide both shade and fruit at schools.
“Our site team is fully embracing the communities and the opportunity to share their knowledge, be this about construction operations, safety principles or just life lessons,” says Mark Naidoo, senior site agent for the project. “It is our aim to keep politics out of construction and to build strong relationships with all stakeholders on the project, and we are fully committed to once again complete a project with which we are proud to be associated .”
- A Stefanutti Stocks Roads & Earthworks grader unit processing fill layer N0.1 on Road C.
- A Stefanutti Stocks Roads & Earthworks grader unit processing lower selected layer on Road C.