Construction of a new access road to Marula Platinum Mine on the Eastern Limb of the Bushveld Complex in Limpopo is nearing completion.

Jointly funded by Marula Platinum Mine and Roads Agency Limpopo, the new road will quickly and efficiently connect employees from surrounding communities, such as Diphale Village, with the Implats operation.Matlokwa Transport & Construction was awarded the contract to build the road and associated 60m-long bridge over Moopetsi River.

Notably, the design of the bridge incorporates precast-concrete beams, despite the structure being only between 5m and 8m in height and crossing an intermittent river.Lesila Moloka, Site Agent of Matlokwa Transport & Construction, says that while the engineering design initially incorporated cast-in-place concrete beams, a decision was taken by Risimati Consulting Engineers to use precast-concrete beams when a flash-flood washed away all of the earthworks in 2019.