Many governmental movements aimed at improving South Africa’s infrastructure have been conducted. For more than 22 years, these programmes have tackled economic, social, political, agricultural and many other issues, with one goal: to raise our quality of life as a nation.

However, we need more than governmental movements to achieve this goal. All South Africans are directly responsible for creating the conditions that we live in – that’s what it means to be part of a growing nation! By doing business, providing services and creating new opportunities and jobs, we all contribute to our growing infrastructure, and the part we play is the biggest of them all. Don’t believe us? Let’s take a look at what role bulk aggregate suppliers have played in, for instance, laying the framework for one of South Africa’s most important infrastructure elements: transport.

We’re well aware that getting around anywhere in the world can be a challenge. Locally, however, our transport infrastructure (which has drastically changed in the last two decades) has seen a variety of different systems spring up to get people moving, and what do they all have in common? All of these systems needed better roads and better railways to work; that’s where we come in.

Projects like S’hamba Sonke (a road maintenance programme), the Bus Rapid Transit System, freeway improvements, road safety initiatives and public transport, like the construction of the Gautrain, all needed (and continue to need) a helping hand with laying a powerful foundation to South African transport.

Removing and relocating valuable topsoil, providing fill material and aggregates used in different levels of gravel and tar roads as well as removing and recycling less valuable aggregates from construction sites to make way for the erection of Gautrain bridges, for example, is a call that bulk aggregate suppliers answered and will continue to answer as our country develops.

We’ve seen some magnificent changes arise from major challenges and still have many challenges to overcome as a nation. When South Africans realise that they have a personal part to play in supporting this growth, we’ll soon not only be moving sand and rubble together, but mountains!