Most fruit farms in South Africa consist of a series of unsealed dirt roads or tracks to transport picked fruits. Dust generated by the movement of light duty vehicles, tractors with trailers and big trucks will inevitably settle on the vegetation leaves and fruits due to the roads being unsealed. Further compounding this issue, areas without vegetation also contribute as a source of dust particularly on windy days.
Background This road stabilisation project was carried out by Dust-A-Side at Teberebie village in Ghana. The village road is a thoroughfare to the AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Ltd mine. The roadway carries a medium level of traffic consisting of taxis and LVDs to and from the mine.
The benefits of stabilising primary haul roads with Dust-A-Side product on one of the coal mines in South Africa were apparent after 110 mm of rain. This amount of rainfall left the haul roads extremely muddy.
It is common for some of the mines in South Africa to implement an independent, do-it-yourself program for dust control to avoid perceived risks around bringing in new service providers unfamiliar with their operations, or repeating prior experiences with poor performing suppliers.
Specially formulated dust control products, such as polymeric binders or lignosulphonates, are widely recognised to be highly effective at suppressing dust on mine haul roads.
At Dust-A-Side Coal, one of our core values is caring and this includes caring for the people and the places we work in. Our philosophy is to give back to local communities wherever we can, not only in areas where we operate, but throughout South Africa.