Southern African Bitumen Association
The Southern African Bitumen Association, established in 1979, is a non-profit organization that representsproducers and applicators of bituminous products, consulting engineers and educational institutions. Its main activities are in the fields of advancing best practice in Southern Africa in the:
- use and application of bituminous materials
- in worker safety and environmental conservation;
- education and training;
- and contact with government on the value of road provision and preservation.
Sabita places emphasis on engaging with stakeholders, particularly government, with regard to the need to maintain and improve roads infrastructure, and to create sustainable jobs. It interacts with all levels of government on these issues, and through its Local Government Empowerment Programme (LCEP) has given local government decision-makers a solid technical understanding of how maintaining their largest asset – their roads network – can improve overall service delivery. Similarly, Sabita places great store in sustainability.
In 2007 it introduced a Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Charter, that presents a framework for developing a schedule of requirements to endorse membership of Sabita and to formulate a certification scheme to incentivise member continually to strive for improved performance in terms of health, safety and the environment. In terms of the Charter, all Sabita members undertake to implement the best available techniques to protect the health, safety and well-being of all employees and conserve the environment during the handling and application of bituminous materials.