ON THE COVER: Latest from Babcock is the 21-tonne (t) Volvo EC210DL crawler excavator, which plugs the gap between the existing Volvo EC200D and EC220D models in the 20-t plus market segment. A major talking point is the machine’s ability to work with a range of attachments, making it the ultimate tool carrier and a go-to machine for different tasks on any site. Getting the most out of a machine is a key factor in fleet owners’ buying decisions. With a special design focus on versatility and best-in-class fuel efficiency, the new Volvo EC210DL excavator from Babcock meets the ever-changing needs of a market that is continuously searching for increased productivity at the lowest cost per tonne of material moved.
NEW-GENERATION PLASTICISER USED ON MUSINA BRIDGE PROJECT
An advanced new-generation water reducing plasticiser – CHRYSO® Plast Omega 174 – has notched up another successful application. The product has been used in the concrete mixes for the new Nancefield bridge, which forms part of SANRAL’s Musina Ring Road Project in Limpopo Province. The R640-million project, which allows the N1 to bypass Musina, is due for completion in Q2 2022.
The N1 will pass under the 77 metre long bridge. SANRAL wanted visitors from Zimbabwe and South Africa travelling on the N1 to experience a feeling of being welcomed and the bridge therefore features a prominent pair of 13 metre high ‘hands’ – which are essentially extensions of the centre piers – which express this message. The deck is supported by the columns of the hands and the bridge is aesthetically held on the palms of the hands.
CONCOR STARTS WORK ON FAST-TRACK STUDENT BLOCK
Concor is hard at work on the latest student accommodation project in Braamfontein, Johannesburg – a much-needed contribution to the national shortage of these facilities.
The Groove, a substantial 13-storey development, will provide space for 899 students, and is conveniently located just opposite the South Gate of Wits University. Concor is working with developer Growthpoint Properties, who in turn is operating on behalf of Durban-based fund manager Vulindlela.