Paving the Way to Economic Success 

INFRASTRUCTURE: ROADS IN AFRICA

Building a self-sufficient, home-grown economy in developing nations requires tackling complicated issues by introducing innovations like science-based farming techniques, modern factory equipment and sustainable, reliable packaging.

But before you can have thriving trade, you have to have a viable path to trading partners, and that means solving a ground-level issue: creating reliable roads to get goods and services to market.

Turning rutted dirt and gravel pathways into long-lasting streets and byways is the first step to building local economic trade -- and it requires more than just a shovel and bucket of asphalt.

In Mozambique, only 23 percent of the roads are considerable usable for sustained traffic, and even those that are passable are not immune to potholes and ruts. Truck drivers who manage to avoid these hazards find themselves dodging other swerving drivers who are doing the same thing.

How dangerous does it get? "Every time I set out on the road, I think about my family," says Ivanilso Enes, a truck driver who plies his trade every day along Mozambique's N4 Toll Road. As he sees it, "part of my job is to return home in one piece, home to my waiting family."

Along the N4, a major trade route between Mozambique and South Africa, local contractors are partnering with DuPont to repave the road with asphalt modified with DuPont™ Elvaloy® RET asphalt modifier, an elastic-like polymer that extends the life of asphalt by both reducing rutting and cracking over years of use and reducing its reaction to sun and chemicals.

Local construction companies have been turning to polymer resins as an additive to paving asphalt in an attempt to extend the life of distant and rural roads. Contractors are now adopting Elvaloy® RET because it offers long-term performance and performs well at lower concentrations in the asphalt, making it a financially attractive construction component.

But all Ivanilso Enes knows is that he can get home to his family on time -- and in one piece.