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A ‘plastic roads’ idea faces ANC dead stop

“Plastic roads” may hold an answer to dealing with the Eastern Cape’s R100-billion roads infrastructure backlog, the Democratic Alliance in the province believes.

The party says “plastic roads” had proven popular in countries such as the Netherlands, India and other parts of Europe

PLASTIC ROAD: Plastic is collected from rubbish dumps, packaged into bales and then melted down with bitumen to make a road

In a motion tabled at the provincial legislature this week, the party wants the provincial government to investigate the possibility of adopting the plastic roads method instead if bitumen.

They said this was more reliable, cost-effective, easy to maintain and had a lifespan three times longer than that of a conventional road.

The party wants the provincial roads and public works department to investigate whether such innovation could be used in the province.

Tabling the motion, DA MPL and shadow MEC for Roads and Public Works, Vicky Knoetze, told the legislature that time had come for the province to “think outside the box” and explore more innovative solutions to modern-day problems.

“Let’s be a province of new opportunities and pioneering solution-driven initiatives. Let us be game-changers and be on the forefront of progress,” Knoetze urged.

She said currently the province was faced with a roads construction and maintenance backlog of R100-billion.

She said the implementation of plastic roads would address thorny issues such as the backlog, poor quality of roads, lack of rural roads, lack of funds to provide and maintain provincial roads, unemployment and the waste plastic epidemic.

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