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n Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Upgrading of internal roads and stormwater systems in the Sol Plaatje District : urban and rural engineering
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES
The Sol Plaatje District is located south of Durban Deep in Roodepoort, on the West Rand of Johannesburg. The Johannesburg Development Agency, as part of its growth initiatives, has been embarking on spatial plans that are centred on transport-oriented expansion and development. Low-cost housing had been established in the district, thus necessitating the need for the upgrading of gravel roads to surfaced roads, and the laying of stormwater drainage. This project required the upgrading of a series of internal gravel roads to surfaced roads (a total length of 2 194 m), and the laying of stormwater pipes within Sol Plaatje Area 4. Knight Piésold was appointed to implement the construction and commissioning of internal roads and stormwater drainage in Areas 3 and 4 of this district. The main objectives of the project therefore were to provide improved and easier access for all residents to their properties in the area, while preventing erosion of the gravel surface. Run-off water was also channelled away from the properties, with the improved roads significantly reducing vehicle maintenance.
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