AsAc/SARF Courses

The Asphalt Academy in association with South African Road Federation (SARF) have launched their virtual (online) courses and we encourage delegates to register  as soon as possible.

Here is the virtual courses for August – October 2020. Should you want more information,  click on the link below

Registrations are now open for the following:

  1. Virtual Bituminous Binders for Roads 24 – 25 Aug 2020 (2 ECSA CPD)


  1. Flexible Pavement Design Techniques: DEMAC Materials Classification & Pavement Number Method 7 September 2020 (1 ECSA CPD)


  1. ASPHALT: An Overview of Best Practice 29 – 30 September 2020 (2 ECSA CPD)


  1. Design & Construction of Surface Treatments 7- 9 October 2020 (3 ECSA & 1.7 SACPCMP CPD)

For more information and online registration please click below:

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**Group rates are also available

Sabita CEO Merit Award for Health & Safety

The Sabita CEO Merit Award for Health and Safety was introduced to the bituminous product industry in 2010 with the first nominations received and evaluated the following year.  The criteria for any nomination included:

  • Innovative excellence in implementation of HSE initiatives in the workplace
  • A strong advocate and champion for HSE
  • For demonstrating significant improvement over previous conditions
  • For maintaining good safety performance over several years
  • For special effort given to a specific aspect of safety in the bitumen industry.

To date, nominations received from industry has been of a very high standard and this year was no different.  At the Sabita AGM & Awards event held in Gauteng on 4th April, the joint recipients for 2018 were announced:

Gugu Sithole – Senior Safety Officer at Actop Asphalt (Pty) Ltd

She began her career in safety in 2015 and is currently responsible for managing the health & safety at four plants.  Her incredible work ethic, along with her theoretical and practical experience in safety matters is some of her notable characteristics that has had a huge impact on the entire team at Actop Asphalt.

During the evaluation interview Gugu demonstrated a refreshing and mature problem-solving ability to get buy-in for behavioral changes in the workplace.  She firmly believes that often minor changes to working conditions on site can have a major impact on workers which results in a change of their attitude and behavior.  She is incredibly delighted to have a management team fully supportive of health and safety initiatives and under her able leadership, Actop Asphalt proudly boasts of 100 000 Lost Time Injury Free hours.

Gugu with SS and FK

Francois Kemp (MD Actop Asphalt) with Gugu Sithole and Saied Solomons


The quality nominations received each year bodes well for the superb safety management drive in the overall bituminous products industry which invariably led to a decision to have joint recipients of the award for 2018. The Group award went to

Tosas Bitumen Rubber Management Team

This nomination was received from Pierre Karsten, the General Manager – Operations of Tosas (Pty) Ltd who gave noteworthy praise to a team that embarked on a safety drive in 2016 to not only reduce but eliminate Lost Time Injuries (LTI) within their Group.  Their safety focus was particularly on bitumen rubber plant sites, and moreover on mobile sites due to the hot product, and the additional dangers from the “non factory environment” made it more prone to injuries.

At the time of receiving their nomination, they were more than two and half years LTI free and by April 2019 they have achieved an LTI free period of three years which is a massive accomplishment considering the product and the environment they work in. This team, under the superb leadership of Dickie Werner and Cornelius Vorster has proven that they know how they reached this sterling success along with the ability to sustain it to ensure the continuous improvement of safety on every level.  They truly have a reason to celebrate this achievement.

On receiving the award, the team also acknowledged the unwavering support of the executive management of Tosas (Pty) Ltd and the site team who have made it possible.

“We want to thank each and every employee on site that made this possible, without you guys this would not have been achievable.

DP and PK with Team

 Deon Pagel (MD Tosas) with Dicker Werner, Cornelius Vorster and
Pierre Karsten (Operations Manager) 

Careers in the bitumen industry

BITUMEN  – helping to make South Africa great!

The bituminous industry, a great place to work

Have you thought of bituminous or asphalt roads as a career choice?

Every day, nearly every one of us will drive or walk on a road or pavement. This might be a municipal road in a suburb or a national highway linking major cities across our country. Whatever the road you use, bitumen has played a major role in the development of South Africa and achieved this almost unnoticed by many.

Can you imagine what some parts of our country would be like without blacktop roads.  When we step outside our homes, we expect to arrive at our destination without major hiccups.  Imagine what our travel times would be like if we did not have bituminous surfaced roads to take us there? Research tells us that 80% of passenger travel in SA is by road and the same figure applies to freight. So clearly, roads are a vital element of the fabric of society.

Roads are the arteries in which the country’s economic lifeblood flows.  In SA we have more than 600 000kms of roads that must be maintained on a regular basis. To do this, we need people. Maybe you have never thought of “building roads” as a career of choice. Have you considered working as a technician in an asphalt plant laboratory where strict adherence’s to specifications are required?  Or provide managerial or accounting support to an asphalt company?  Careers in the bituminous industry includes asphalt plant managers, administrators, road crews, researchers, engineers and a host of support personnel.All of whom play important roles in building and maintaining the roads we use every day.

So, regardless of whether you drive a car, receive mail at your home, or buy goods at the local shop, we are all affected by the roads network and its condition.

Sabita and the bituminous industry are paving the way forward to promote skills development and promote sustainable employment to enable a decent standard of living for all its’ people.

So, can you think of one career where you can see the benefits every time you walk out of your home?




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BitSafe Training – Register now!

This is your opportunity to register for the next BitSafe training to be held in Gauteng in April 2018.

Should you wish to register for this 3 day Train-the-Trainer course, contact us on 021 5312718 for more details