Kouga searches underground for pothole solutions

Could a mining solution be a way forward toa more permanent solution to repairing portholes?

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the municipality would be piloting a new pothole filler similar to shotcrete used underground in mines for ground consolidation, rock reinforcement and water control.

“We are very excited to be putting this product to the test. Kouga has been looking for innovative solutions to fix pothole-ridden roads. If this roadcrete works as promised, it will be a giant step in the right direction,” he said.

Hendricks recently launched a special Mayoral intervention programme to boost the municipality’s capacity to repair roads.

As part of the programme, 70 additional workers have been employed on a temporary basis while 32 permanent staffers recently completed intensive training on road maintenance.

“Our road teams have been doing a commendable job and repaired almost 8 000 potholes this past financial year. One of the great frustrations, however, is how quickly potholes wash open again when it rains.

“The purpose of the intervention programme is to strengthen the municipality’s ability to maintain its roads. It will not mean the end of potholes but will set a new standard for repairs and bring us closer to more permanent fix,” he said.

Kouga is piloting the new pothole filler in partnership with Amathole MTC, a mining technology company.

Jonathan Auld, from the company’s Bedford office, was in Jeffreys Bay to introduce the product to the municipality and demonstrate its application.

“There is a standing joke in our company that we have been operating underground for too long,” he said.

“With road conditions in South Africa deteriorating fast, we realised there was also a market above ground that could benefit from the technology we have been using in mines.”

He said the cement-based roadcrete product had better adhesive qualities than traditional asphalt and bitumen mixes.

“This means it locks better with the tar and filled potholes are then less likely to wash open when it rains. If applied properly, we estimate the roadcrete plug could stay in place for anything from 10 to 25 years.”

He said the application of the product further required less manpower and machinery.

“Roadcrete is currently more expensive than bitumen and asphalt mixes, but this is off-set by the reduced cost of labour, fuel and machines, which can be cut by up to 90%.

“The fact that the same pothole will not have to be repaired over and over again also saves on costs.”

He said a total of 120kg roadcrete will be applied to potholes in the Kouga region for the pilot.

Jonathan Auld (right) show Jacques Jenneker how to level the roadcrete while (from left) East Cape MPL Vicky Knoetze, Kouga municipal workers Eric Bezuidenhout and Julio Manuel look on.

Meanwhile, work is also under way on Kouga’s eco-friendly road, incorporating waste plastic.

“The stormwater infrastructure is in place at the pilot project in Jeffreys Bay and work on the sidewalks and curbing is almost completed,” Hendricks said.

“The contractor expects to start stripping off the tar soon and will then lay the top layer which includes the special plastic mix.”

Calm As… Launches Their Revamped First Aid Kits For Surfers

Manly, Australia – Due to popular demand, the Calm As… First Aid Kits For Surfers have been revamped, and the new-look kits are already available for sale here https://bettersurf.com.au/

The Calm As… First Aid Kits For Surfers came about as a collaboration between a number of Doctors with one thing in common – they all surfed. In fact they were all members of the Surfing Doctors – a close-knit group of like-minded individuals who have filtered out of various specialties and areas of medicine to combine the love of two totally different passions; the surfing sport and lifestyle, and a lifelong career in medicine.

Every year the Surfing Doctors gather in Grajagan to discuss various medical and surfing topics in their Annual Conference. Conference topics vary, but the conversations remain around medical procedures, emergency surgery, eye injuries and fin chops, as well as the latest surfboard technology and the best equipment needed to take on the fabled waves of Grajagan

It was while in the jungle that Dr Jon Cohen from Australia, along with the help of Dr Phil Chapman from South Africa, came up with the concept of Calm As… surfers medical kits that are specific for surfers when traveling into remote areas, and who might experience surfing or travel injuries.

The first edition of the Calm As.. First Aid Kits For Surfers were an immediate success, and as more information and knowledge came through from end-users, so Dr Cohen tweaked and updated the kit into this current iteration.

“We knew what most surfers would need in a medical emergency while in the jungle or off the beaten track, but we needed some more information as to the quantities of the gear they would get through when using the kit,” said Dr Cohen. “As a result we have increased the quantities of certain gear, including the basics like bandaids and alcohol wipes, as well as including some heavy duty gloves and reorganizing the layout of the kit for more intuitive use.”

“It’s been fun just slightly modifying the contents so that the kits fit a wider variety of needs than originally intended,” continued Dr Cohen. “We found that a lot of surfers were keen to have a kit sitting in their cars or utes after getting back from overseas for those unexpected accidents when kicking around home, or on mini road trips.”

Dr Cohen on a G-Land bomb.

“The ongoing support of Calm As… has been encouraging, and surfers have been quick on the uptake,” said Dr Cohen. “Those surfers who have dealt with medical emergencies before will feel comfortable with the contents of the kits, and those ones who find themselves in an emergency situation for the first time should be comfortable with the contents and the straight-forward instructions that come with it.”

The crew at Calm As… will be giving away a few of the kits online via their social media channels some time in the future, so check them out on Facebook and find them on Instagram on @bettersurfoz

The Calm As… first aid kits for surfers are available on http://www.bettersurf.com.au

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Mixed fortunes for South African Surfing Men on Day 6 of ISA World Surfing Games

Miyazaki, Japan, September 12, 2019 – The three men in the Mercedes-Benz Buffalo City South African Surfing team suffered mixed fortunes on Day 6 of the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games presented by Vans in Japan today (Thursday).

Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga) confidently advanced to Repercharge Round 3 at the ISA World Surfing Games presented by Vans at Myazaki in Japan on Thursday – Photo: ISA / Jimenez

Jordy Smith (Durban), Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga) and Michael February (Kommetjie) were all surprisingly relegated to the cutthroat Repercharge Rounds when they finished outside the top two in their respective Main Event Round 2 heats early in the day.

The trio then confidently progressed from their next heats to keep their medal hopes and potential qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games alive.

Smith slipped to third place behind heat winner Peter Devries (Canada) and current world No. 2 Filipe Toledo (Brazil) in his opening match-up, but redeemed himself with a solid second place result behind defending ISA Men’s champion Santiago Muniz (Argentina). The pair finished ahead of Julian Wilson (Australia) who was eliminated from the event in a major upset.

After finishing third in his morning heat, de Vries bounced back with vengeance in his Repercharge clash by delivering three great rides, the best two of which totaled 15.94 out of 20, one of the top 5 heat totals of the day’s action.

February also opened his account with a third place finish, behind Gabriel Medina (Brazil) and Israel Barona (Ecuador), but an excellent 8.03 and a backup score of 6.93 gave the lanky Capetonian a solid heat win over 2017 ISA champion Jhony Corzo (Mexico) and a berth in the next round.

Upsets continued throughout the day with Australia dealt a major blow in the chase for the team title when Owen Wright joined Julian Wilson on the sidelines after suffering two defeats on the day. Other favourites who find themselves in the Repercharge rounds include Jeremy Flores and Michel Bourez (both France), the USA’s Conner Coffin and New Zealander Ricardo Christie.

The provisional standings after six days see Brazil out front followed by Peru and the USA, with South Africa currently in fourth position, Spain fifth and host nation Japan, last year’s team Gold Medallists, back in sixth place.

The 2019 ISA World Surfing Games presented by Vans is streamed live from September 7-15 on www.isasurf.org starting at approximately 1 am SA Time daily.

The tentative schedule for the remainder of the competition is as follows:

Friday and Saturday, Sep 13-14

  • Open Men competition continues

September 15

  • Finals Open Men
  • Closing Ceremony