Plascon paints safer roads

Dec 24, 2017

Plascon sent a team armed with litres of Road Marking Paint to create a brand-new pedestrian crossing outside the school.

The absence of a pedestrian crossing outside the gates of Phomolong Primary School in Gauteng, which has about 1 500 young learners under its wing, was a cause for great concern… until Plascon showed up with litres of Road Marking Paint.

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STREET-SMART

Better roads can change lives, and, more importantly, save lives. This is why Plascon, as part of its Designed for Life campaign, stepped in to help raise awareness around road traffic safety at Phomolong Primary School in Gauteng and make a difference in the lives of the learners. The statistics are shocking: Pedestrian deaths account for 38% of all road accident fatalities in our country, according to a 2016 report by the Automobile Association of South Africa. And as if this number isn’t alarming enough, consider that up to 70% of our learners walk to school every day. Plascon sent a team armed with litres of Road Marking Paint to create a brand-new pedestrian crossing outside the school, where at least one child gets injured crossing the street every two months. “The pedestrian crossing that Plascon painted will make a huge difference in terms of saving learners’ lives,” says the school’s deputy principal, Mpho Mogashoa. “This illustrates how paint, which we often take for granted, can have a significant positive impact on people’s lives,” says Mareta le Roux, Head of Industrial and Automotive Business Units. The campaign included scholar patrol training. Learners were taught how to control and direct traffic at the pedestrian crossing in the morning when they arrive for school and in the afternoon when they go home. Phomolong Primary School was the first school to benefit from the campaign, which is set to be rolled out across Africa.

PRODUCT COLD CURE SCREED ROAD MARKING PAINT

The product used is a quick-drying matt-finish paint with good adhesion, durability and resistance to abrasion.

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Plascon sent a team armed with litres of Road Marking Paint to create a brand-new pedestrian crossing outside the school.

Words: Ashraf Booley
Images: Plascon