The crews are Canadian and American, they get far higher pay than local labour of same category, much to some peoples annoyance, but a welder is only allowed one mistake.
+Joining in a length under road near Sasol, trench has water in it. This is not the main joining team but one cleaning up bits left.
+ a pumping station (to be) at sasol plant, they mix sasol petrol from coal with ordinary petrol from oil for many of the brands & presume this will be done on the line, more shots of sasol plant, much sand in the air from high wind makes things rather thin on pix.
+ Somewhere on the way between sasol and joburg in farmers fields pipe waits to be wrapped and laid, the area is troubled by the wind of this month makes life very unpleasant.
+ Various shots of machine wrapping pipe with fibre glass and bituminous paper along with hot bitumen and laying pipe into trench, this some 45 miles from joburg end, laying some 4 miles a day.
Welding crew at work with only a few days to go from end they are within 3 or 4 miles from joburg boundary, they have to make three welds one over tother to complete, boundary sign.
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Background: The crews are Canadian and American, they get far higher pay than local labour of same category, much to some peoples annoyance, but a welder is only allowed one mistake. Some 10% are examined by x-ray, tonights news is that tests in the first section down near Durban have made several seams split open, pipes are made in SA, crews say they not up to US standards where all seems are x-rayed in production. Crews all sunburnt and covered with layers of sand, August is windy month here, rains due soon but will probably get welding done before they start