Manuals and DVDs

A number of technical manuals have been produced by Sabita, covering the selection, handling and use of bituminous materials in a wide range of applications.

These manuals are supplied at a nominal charge to Sabita members. To the wider public, the manuals are available at a higher cost to cover the printing, distribution and administration costs.

Prices are inclusive of VAT, but excludes handling and postage outside of the Republic of South Africa.

On 22 July 2010, Sabita council reversed its 2006 decision which made those manuals freely available, in electronic format, to all visiting the Sabita web site. These are now only available as a free download from the Sabita members website.

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Manual 1: Construction of bitumen rubber seals
Manual 2: Bituminous binders for road construction and maintenance – download manual
Manual 5: Guidelines for the manufacture and construction of hot-mix asphalt – download manual
Manual 7: SuperSurf – Economic warrants for surfacing roads – download manual
Manual 8: Guidelines for the safe and responsible handling of bituminous products – download manual
Manual 10: Bituminous surfacings for low volume roads and temporary deviations – download manual
Manual 11: Labour enhanced construction for bituminous surfacings – download manual
Manual 12: Methods for labour intensive construction for bituminous surfacings – download manual
Manual 13: LAMBS – the design and use of large aggregate mixes for bases – download manual
Manual 17: Porous asphalt mixes – design and use – download manual
Manual 18: Appropriate standards for the use of sand asphalt – download manual
Manual 19: Guidelines for the design, manufacture and construction of bitumen rubber asphalt wearing courses – download manual
Manual 20: Sealing of active cracks in road pavements – download manual
Manual 22: Hot-mix paving in adverse weather – download manual
Manual 23: Code of Practice – Loading bitumen at refineries – download manual
Manual 24: User guide for the design of hot mix asphalt – download manual
Manual 25: Code of Practice: Transportation, off-loading and storage of bitumen and bituminous products – download manual
Manual 26: Interim guidelines for primes and stone precoating fluids – download manual
Manual 27: Guideline for thin layer hot mix asphalt wearing courses of residential streets – download manual
Manual 28: Best practice for the design and construction of slurry seals – download manual
Manual 29: Guide to the safe handling of solvents in a bituminous products laboratory – download manual
Manual 30: A guide to the selection of bituminous binders for road construction – download manual
Manual 31: Guidelines for calibrating a binder distributor and ensuring satisfactory performance – download manual
Manual 32: Best practice guideline for warm mix asphalt – download manual
Manual 33: Design procedure for high modulus asphalt (EME) – download manual
Manual 34a & 34b: Guideline to legislation on the transportation of bitumen and Bitumen spill protocol – download manual
Manual 35/TRH8: Design and use of Asphalt in Road Pavements – download manual


TG1 The use of modified binders in road construction


TG2 Bitumen stabilised materials


TG3 Asphalt reinforcement for road construction



DVD100 Testing of bituminous products (2 DVDs)

DVD200 Training Guide for the construction and repairs of bituminous surfacings by hand


DVD300 The Manufacture, Paving and Compaction of HMA

DVD 410

DVD410 The safe handling of bitumen

DVD 420

DVD420 Treatment of bitumen burns

DVD 430

DVD430 Working Safely with Bitumen


DVD440 Firefighting in the bituminous industry

CDDVD450 Safe loading and off-loading of Bitumen.

Student CD of manuals 2, 3, 8, 19, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, TG1, TG2 and TG3. Available FoC to bona fide students registered at a South African educational institution. To be ordered via the lecturer with a substantiating student list.


Posters and First Aid Kit

Sampling Bitumen

PPE – Sampling bitumen

Working with Bitumen

PPE – Working with bitumen

Loading Bitumen

PPE – Loading bitumen

Off-loading Bitumen

PPE – Off-loading bitumen

Spraying Bitumen

PPE – Spraying bitumen

First Aid Kit

HSE first aid kit

See kit contents here.

Reporting poster

Reporting incidents poster

 Induction training

Induction training poster

   First Aid

First Aid poster

  HSE Charter Poster

HSE Charter poster