CoreCivils helps reduce growing road maintenance backlog

16 October 2018

CoreSlab directors, Jaco de Bruin and Tiaan de Jager, have launched CoreCivils, a company that specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of a wide range of precast concrete bridge beams.

The new company is manufacturing high-quality T, Y, I and M-type bridge beams, in addition to barriers and parapets, at its state-of-the-art factory in Randfontein, Gauteng.

Jaco de Bruin, MD of CoreCivils, says that the factory is almost an exact blueprint of CoreSlab’s sophisticated Polokwane operation, which is known for the quality of its precast-concrete systems, including a comprehensive range of bridge beams and related structural elements.

“It also features cutting-edge manufacturing technologies and we have our own maintenance team to mitigate downtime. To ensure the same consistently high quality levels achieved at our operation in Polokwane, CoreCivils will also conduct its own daily tests and send cubes for further inspection to independent laboratories,” De Bruin says.

The launch of the new company comes at a time when transport infrastructure has been placed high on both policymakers’ and decision makers’ agendas as part of state’s economic stimulus plan. The programme will be funded via the new R400-billion infrastructure fund over the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework.

Meanwhile, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) has resumed awarding contracts and has committed to accelerating the rollout of projects, including strategic upgrades that also involve widening structures and lengthening culverts.

CoreCivils’ precast-concrete factory is strategically located to service many of these anticipated road projects and bolsters the existing reach of CoreSlab’s Polokwane operation. Meanwhile, CoreCivils will also harness the skills and capabilities of CoreSlab’s installation teams, which comprise seasoned project managers and foremen, as well as riggers and crane operators.

“Roads remain the ‘lifeblood’ of our economy, considering that more than 80% the country’s freight is moved via this overland mode of transport. If we intend retaining our competitive edge at a global scale, we will need to continue investing in these assets,” the MD of CoreCivils concludes.

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