Introduction To Labour Intensive Road Surfacing
LBS Asphalt (labour based road repair and surfacing) is a cold asphalt formulated mixture of inert fillers, bitumen extenders and binder enhancers designed to be blended with selected aggregates and water. Manufactured by Road Material Stabilisers (Pty) Ltd, it was originally developed in 2004 in response to a request from the Road Agency Limpopo’s Gundo Lashu project team which included representation from the International Labour Organisation and BKS Consulting Engineers. The brief was to design an asphalt seal to the highest possible recognised standards whilst maximising the labour component. A product was required that would be suitable for implementation and inclusion in poverty relief or EPWP programmes where contractors and their labour force have little or no prior experience and skills.
In order for this to be achieved the LBS Asphalt system was designed specifically focusing on 6 key principles:
The LBS Asphalt technology has been used by numerous municipalities and road authorities across South Africa since 2004. The technology has been approved as an asphalt surfacing option for SANRAL Southern & Western Region’s Contractor Development Programs on various projects in the Eastern & Northern Cape.
The ultimate goal of the LBS Asphalt system is to create an environment for community empowerment by stimulating the creation of new jobs, converting them into sustainable businesses, turning job seekers into job creators and adding real value to road authority, road repair and maintenance programs.
- Rural and residential roads
- Road maintenance and repair
- Labour intensive road construction
- Poverty relief programmes