Interlock road workers proud of development

21 Jul 2017 17:30pm
By Patience Smith
KEETMANSHOOP, 21 JUL (NAMPA) – Ashley Thomas is one of 25 men who on Friday completed the interlocking of a 580-metre road in the Keetmanshoop central business district and held a barbeque to celebrate the achievement.
The occasion was held with senior staff members of the Keetmanshoop Municipality that commissioned the project to road consulting engineers Knight Piésold and contractors Shouli Investment and Pelico Engineers.
The party was held on a section of the road, signalling its opening to the public.
Thomas, 23, expressed his pride at being part of the project, stating it was his first employment opportunity.
“The road is very beautiful. I saw it at night and even then it was beautiful. Our town is very dusty, so I am proud to say that I laid down some of these bricks,” he said.
Thomas said he learnt a lot about the job itself and also about teamwork.
“The men I worked with taught me a lot, so I just hope there will be more roads built in Keetmanshoop,” he said.
The young man appealed to road users to take care of it and not to dump trash on it.
“While we were working, we chased people off and told them not to come playing or to bring alcohol. They should not break bottles on the road,” Thomas said.
His colleague, Alfeus Nakasole, said drivers and pedestrians should take care and go slow when using the road.
“It is close to schools, so people must be considerate and safety-conscious,” he appealed.
The municipality’s Head of Department for Infrastructure, Samuel Nashima said the local authority’s aim was to create local jobs and develop skills.
He added that the municipality saved N.dollars 350 000 by completing the layer works in-house.
“We have limited funds, so we prepared the foundation ourselves while the contractor only did the block paving and laying of curbs.”
He said the plan is to continue constructing more roads using interlocks.
It is cheaper than tar roads, both on construction and maintenance, Nashima said.
The road connects two streets, namely 3rd and Mittel, and took three months to complete.