Miner Kumba resurfaces road in Kathu-Gamagara

30th November 2023 By: Darren Parker - Creamer Media Contributing Editor Online

Miner Kumba resurfaces road in Kathu-Gamagara

Sishen mine team with Kathu Councillor Henriette Du Plessis at newly upgraded road

As part of its social and labour plan commitments, iron-ore mining company Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen mine has undertaken a road resurfacing project, upgrading three major roads in the Kathu-Gamagara local municipality in the Northern Cape over a three-month period to enhance local road infrastructure. 

The project, spanning from Ben Alberts way, Frikkie Meyer street and Karee avenue, involved the development of a traffic management plan, the inspection and repair of the sub-base, the sealing of road cracks, the fixing of potholes, applying asphalt mix and the installation of road markings, studs and speedhumps.

After a seven-month consultation period with municipal representatives, construction company Concor was appointed as the contractor to execute the project, creating short-term employment opportunities for local residents. The road rehabilitation began in September and concluded in November.

Well-maintained roads, beyond stimulating economic activity and enhancing pedestrian and motorist safety, play a crucial role in stormwater management, reducing soil erosion and ensuring efficient and controlled movement. 

“The identified roads are vital traffic arteries in the area. The investment . . . ensures critical public infrastructure is well maintained, prioritising road-user safety. Engaging with Gamagara local municipality over several months facilitated the necessary arrangements for the project’s success,” Kumba corporate affairs and social performance manager George Benjamin says.

He adds that the project is aligned with Kumba’s sustainable mine plan’s collaborative regional development section, and that it is aimed at improving lives by fostering thriving communities through partnerships with the public sector and other stakeholders. 

“We are pleased with the quality of work implemented and its positive impact on the residents of the town,” Benjamin says.