23 February 2017
For Methodist minister and grandfather, 67-year-old Tim Attwell from Bettys Bay, a life-long ambition to drive an asphalt paver came true last Valentine’s Day.
We all have dreams – some more outrageous than others – excitement, adrenalin rush or just an experience – and when the opportunity comes along, just grab it!
In Tim’s case, the fantasy was planted at the tender age of six when he saw what he describes as a ‘tar putter’ or asphalt paver in action outside their home in Voortrekkerhoogte, Pretoria.
The steaming, smelly, snarling beast of a machine certainly made an impression on young Tim, and he harboured an ambition to one day pilot the monster and lay some tar which he could call his own.
Aware of her father’s rather strange ambition, and seeing such machines in action while regularly travelling on the N2 between Cape Town and Somerset West – daughter Emma had a lightbulb moment that was to fulfil her father’s 61-year dream. Power Construction has been contracted to widen both sides of the N2 between Borcherd’s Quarry Road and the R300.
On a whim, Emma contacted Power Construction and asked if it was at all possible for her dad to drive an asphalt paver. To her great surprise the answer was ‘Yes – bring your dad along and lay some tar!’
The project contracts manager, Neil Burger, was contacted and made the arrangements; and like a well-oiled machine, Tim’s wish came true on Valentine’s Day 2017.
To say that Tim enjoyed the experience is an understatement. “Mind blowing!” is how he described it to Cape Talk’s Kieno Kammies in an interview during the Good News radio programme, which also feautured daughter Emma and Power Construction’s managing director, Poens Venter, who revealed that even construction companies have a soft side.
“It’s part of our culture to be a caring company that respects the dignity and beliefs of others,” said Poens. “We were touched by Emma’s story on how her Dad and Mom had cared for the family during times of continued adversity, and this was an opportunity to demonstrate good citizenship and make someone’s day”.
We asked Emma how the day went and she told us, “There is so much to say! Not only was it an amazing experience for my dad and for us to see, we got a much deeper appreciation of the skill, planning and team work that is involved.”