n IMIESA - Concrete solutions to flood concerns : cover story

Volume 41, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0257-1978
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  • Source : IMIESA, Volume 41, Issue 6, Jun 2016, p. 6 - 7
  • Accreditation : Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)



A major farming town situated some 32 km north of the Loskop Dam (with its estimated 178 million cubic metre capacity), Groblersdal is situated in Limpopo province's Sekhukhune district and is South Africa's second largest irrigation settlement, receiving healthy downpours during the summer season.

While heavy rains are welcomed by farmers, their potential toll on road infrastructure and drainage is another factor, which needs to be countered by upfront design interventions, plus scheduled maintenance.Within the town of Groblersdal, one section - the Kanaal Roadthat links to the industrial centre and serves as a strategic bus route - was under constant pressure. Kanaal Roadborders an irrigation canal, which has led to significant flooding during the rainy season, making it virtually impassable and resulting in the structural deterioration of the road prim, aggravated by heavy truck traffic. In response, Limpopo's Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality approved the reconstruction of this route, under the management of consulting engineers Tumber Fourie. The company has a three-year contract with Elias Motsoaledi and forms part of the municipality's engineer panel.

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