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Media Release: KNP secures major structural award

Date: 26th August 2005

The Kruger National Park’s (KNP) Road Construction Department secured the distinction of winning the Vintage Category of the Armco Multiplate and Superspan Structures Awards this month.

The Kruger National Park’s (KNP) Road Construction Department secured the distinction of winning the Vintage Category of the Armco Multiplate and Superspan Structures Awards this month.

“We are very proud of this achievement as it shows that the KNP is being recognized for achievements on other fronts, not just in our core functions of tourism, conservation and community relations,” said Mr Blake Schraader, the KNP’s HOD for Technical Services.

Many of the culverts that run underneath the KNP’s 906km tar and 1 662km gravel roads were constructed with corrugated steel, all of which were hot dip galvanized, during the park’s road construction programme during the 1960s, ‘70s and early ‘80s.

The KNP’s road construction programme was one of the first major construction programmes to use this technique and approximately 800 tons of steel was used. Due to the performance and 25 – 40 year longevity of the method, other uses such as fencing, steel water tanks and communication towers have been identified and put into practice.

“This achievement should be attributed to all the management and staff of the KNP’s roads department. In particular, Mr Soekie Schoeman who has since moved on to become a project manager and many others who have retired or moved forward in their respective careers but they should nevertheless receive credit for this achievement,” concluded Mr Schraader.

The design for many of the culverts originates from Armco Canada and was improved by adding a bitumen coating between the hot dip galvanized surface and the soil. This should ensure that most of these culverts continue to give the KNP good service.

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Caption:
Construction Champions: The Kruger National Park recently scooped the Vintage Category of the Armco Multiplate and Superspan Structures Awards. Seen celebrating the award is, from left, Mr Blake Schraader (KNP HOD Technical Services), Dr Bandile Mkhize (KNP Executive Director) and Mr Aurel Nyambi (KNP Roads Project Manager).

Issued by:
Raymond Travers
Media Relations Practitioner
Kruger National Park
Tel: 013 735 4116
Cell: 082 908 2677
E-mail

Enquiries:
William Mabasa
HOD: Public Relations and Communications
Kruger National Park
Tel: 013 735 4363
Cell: 082 807 3919
E-mail

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