R5,7-m bul­l­do­zer for Gar­den Rou­te ro­ads

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A new Ca­ter­pil­lar (CAT) D7R bul­l­do­zer was of­fi­ci­al­ly han­ded o­ver to the Gar­den Rou­te Dis­trict Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty (GRDM) Ro­ads De­part­ment on T­hurs­day 6 De­cem­ber at a bor­row pit ne­ar Ri­vers­da­le.

Han­dré S­try­dom, chief en­gi­neer at the We­stern Ca­pe De­part­ment of Trans­port, to­get­her with Henk van der Mer­we of CAT South A­fri­ca, com­ple­men­ted the GRDM ro­ads ser­vi­ces' fleet count at the han­do­ver.

The ma­chi­ne was re­cei­ved by GRDM port­fo­lio chai­r­per­son of Ro­ads Ser­vi­ces, Cl­lr Ro­wan S­pies, in the pre­sen­ce of GRDM exe­cu­ti­ve ma­na­ger of Ro­ads Ser­vi­ces John Da­niels, GRDM ma­na­ger for Main­te­nan­ce, Con­structi­on and Me­cha­ni­cal Ser­vi­ces Ja­pie S­try­dom, GRDM de­pu­ty ma­na­ger: re­gra­vel Li­o­nel Coet­zee, and of­fi­ci­als from the GRDM Ro­ads De­part­ment.

The new R5,7-mil­li­on bul­l­do­zer is one of two ma­chi­nes that we­re de­li­ver­ed to GRDM by the De­part­ment of Trans­port this ye­ar and is just w­hat the de­part­ment needs to main­tain the ro­ads of the Gar­den Rou­te dis­trict mo­re re­gu­lar­ly. The 28-ton ma­chi­ne is strong e­nough to hand­le a mass of up 30 tons. It has a li­fe­span of 20 y­e­ars but can be in use for up to 30 y­e­ars, if well main­tai­ned. All parts of the ma­chi­ne are a­vai­la­ble in South A­fri­ca, which will help en­s­u­re that re­pla­ce­ment of parts won't cau­se too long de­lays in ro­ad main­te­nan­ce o­pe­ra­ti­ons. The bul­l­do­zer will be u­ti­li­sed to stock­pi­le u­se­ful ro­ad ma­te­ri­al from 38 bor­row pits si­tu­a­ted in the Gar­den Rou­te, but will mos­t­ly be re­spon­si­ble for stock­pi­ling of ma­te­ri­al from the DR1524/18.5/0.5R bor­row pit ne­ar Ri­vers­da­le.

Ja­pie S­try­dom said that the pro­cess to mo­ti­va­te for the ma­chi­ne of this mag­ni­tu­de does not hap­pen o­ver­nig­ht. "The pro­cess re­qui­red mont­hs of tho­rough plan­ning and mo­ti­va­ti­on to the De­part­ment of Trans­port, to fi­nal­ly be in pos­ses­si­on of a ma­chi­ne of this na­tu­re." He than­ked Han­dré S­try­dom and the De­part­ment of Trans­port for the y­e­ars of con­ti­nu­ed sup­port in en­su­ring that the GRDM Ro­ads De­part­ment has the re­sour­ces a­vai­la­ble to gi­ve the Gar­den Rou­te ro­ads the ne­ces­sa­ry at­ten­ti­on.

Re­ad the full story at www.ge­or­ge­he­rald.comRe­pre­sen­ta­ti­ves from Gar­den Rou­te Dis­trict Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty, the We­stern Ca­pe De­part­ment of Trans­port, CAT South A­fri­ca and Bar­lo­wor­ld at the of­fi­ci­al han­do­ver of the Ca­ter­pil­lar D7R bul­l­do­zer.

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