Soshanguve- In a remarkable achievement that has brought pride to the local community, Ronnie Masindi , a former talented Grade 12 student at Soshanguve Automotive SOS, emerged victorious at the prestigious Eskom Expo competition held at Birchwood Hotel in December 2022.
Ronnie Masindi’s groundbreaking project, aimed at addressing South Africa’s pervasive pothole problem, garnered him a well-deserved gold medal and also a bursary.
“As far as safety is concerned on our roads, I discovered that potholes are one of the main course of accidents that occur which some of them damage cars and also lead to the deadliest car accidents,” said Ronnie Masindi.
The Eskom Expo, known for celebrating young scientific minds, attracts participants from across the nation who showcase their innovative solutions to real-world issues. And Ronnie’s project stood out among the impressive array of entries, earning him the highest honor in the competition.
With roads riddled with potholes posing a major concern for motorists throughout South Africa, Ronnie’s ingenious solution demonstrates his commitment to making a tangible difference in His project.
“My aim is to make a composition that would be used as a permanent pothole patch and I did a thorough research on understanding the construction theory of the road and the materials that are used to build a road,” said Ronnie.
“ During my research, I discovered that the major cause of potholes is when water penetrate on the asphalt layer, which is the black surface where traffic passes,” he said.
“I searched for unique elements and components that I should use to enhance the mechanical stress of asphalt to promote longevity. This is the mixture of my additives Polyvinyl chloride, Crumb rubber and Vegetable Oil,” added Ronnie.
This project had an immense positive impact on the young innovator’s life personally because it exposed him to the world of Engineering, of which that’s where his passion lies.
Ronnie concluded by saying that he wants to contribute to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), and hence he is further studying Civil Engineering at Vaal university of Technology.