[Johannesburg, 16 November 2018]: Actop Asphalt, a leading producer of innovative asphalt products, has donated both the asphalt and construction of a new parking area for Pretoria-based New Hope School, a non-profit organisation and one of the largest schools for special needs education.
In a kind gesture that has helped improve a big and critical area of New Hope School, Actop Asphalt, part of the Actophambili Group, has donated 40 tonnes of its Fine Mix, a new asphalt product within its product portfolio, as well as taking care of the costs of paving the school’s parking area.
Karen Meyer of New Hope School says the school is very thankful for this act of kindness by Actop Asphalt. “We thank them for being a friend of the school and helping us to improve a big area of the school that really needed a lot of attention,” she says.
The paving of the school’s parking area, undertaken by Leadway Roads on behalf of Actop Asphalt, has made a big difference to the setup of the parking lot at the school. It was such a significant project for the school. Every time it rained, the parking area was a no-go area due to resultant muddy conditions. For teachers to go in and out of the school was just a nightmare.
“Whenever it rained, it was just a big mess. During dry seasons, the area also produced a lot of dust, which is not ideal given its proximity to the playground. Actop’s kind gesture is such a big relief on our tight budget and we are very thankful for such a big donation,” says Meyer.
Apart from providing the much needed parking for the teachers, Meyer adds that the new carports can now be used for the school’s Entrepreneurs’ Days because of the smooth and neat surface area. “It can also be used for functions, for example, it can be rented out to the Woodwork Association for its exhibitions,” says Meyer.
Francois Kemp, MD of Actop Asphalt, says the donation was motivated by the company’s understanding that business is not separate from society, but inextricably bound to the fortunes of it. “It was a significant project for the school because they really needed it and we are glad we could help. Getting in and out of the school whenever it rained was just a nightmare for the teachers,” says Kemp.
Kemp says Actop Asphalt, and the Actophambili Group at large, believes that it is very much in the interests of any company to be a good corporate citizen, and that should take sustainable development as its starting point, with a view to working towards sustainable development of communities.
The Actop donation was for a worthy cause. Today New Hope School has 410 learners receiving education ranging from preschool to matric, as well as vocational and life skills. These are learners from diverse cultural backgrounds, each with a disability such as cerebral palsy, physical disability, traumatic head injury or specific learning disability.
The project benefitted from Actop’s newest member of its product portfolio, the Fine Mix, which is specifically designed for parking areas, driveways and small works around buildings. It is produced at Actop’s Meyerton Plant. “We are still testing the market with this product. However, it has already made an early impact as we have sold about 2 000-3 000 tonnes to date. Of note is that we recently had a big order of about 1 000 tonnes,” concludes Kemp.
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