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Lafarge partners with Saldanha Municipality in quality affordable housing project

A handover ceremony of ten houses on 15 May 2017 in Saldanha showcased the active commitment to sustainable development of Lafarge Mining South Africa (Lafarge), a member of the international LafargeHolcim group, the world leader in building materials. For the delighted beneficiaries of the 42 square metre houses in the White City community, the ceremony marked a day that was beyond their dreams. The quality new homes have been built by Lafarge in collaboration with the Saldanha Bay Local Municipality.

 

Human Settlements Deputy Minister, Zou Kota-Fredericks, who attended the handover ceremony, commended Lafarge Mining South Africa for their commitment and hard work, which ensured that ten destitute families in White City, Saldanha Bay Municipality, have houses over their heads. Amongst the beneficiaries were the elderly, persons with disabilities, as well as women and child headed households.

 

"As government, we're here today to support this positive initiative and thank all those who have contributed in the construction of these houses. This gesture of good will from Lafarge and their partners indicate that the call by government for partnerships between the public and private sector in the provision of houses is now bearing fruit," said Kota-Fredericks.

 

The land the houses are built on was donated by Premier Fishing and serviced by the municipality, with the project creating a total of 88 jobs for members of the community.

 

Speaking at the handover ceremony, Lafarge General Manager for Aggregates, Noriko Solomon, wished the new homeowners good health and happiness for many years in their surroundings. She added, "While the challenge to house South Africa's people is a daunting one, the stakeholders in Saldanha can be proud of the positive milestone reached. More than anything, this occasion celebrates the importance of working together - partnerships where each one contributes what it is best able to provide."

 

Chantelle Williams, the youngest beneficiary of the project, said she was grateful for the houses her community received. She thanked all the stakeholders, especially employees of Lafarge and the municipality for working hard and not giving up on making their dream come true when times were hard. She said she is looking forward to living happily ever after in her new home, and that this year's winter will not be the same, because she and those around her will finally be staying in decent, quality housing.

 

 

LafargeHolcim has sustainable development as a core value, and promotes awareness of the important role that architecture, engineering, urban planning, building materials and construction have in achieving a more sustainable future. The group's technical leadership in sustainable innovative building material solutions impacts all aspects of construction, from advanced design ‘green' structures for building better cities, to the requirement for all of its subsidiary companies to contribute to building better communities in the areas surrounding their operations.

 

"While these ten houses comply with the Social Labour Plan statutory requirement for a mining licence, they also demonstrate our belief that quality, durable construction can be achieved," added Solomon. The foundations and floors of the houses were built using guaranteed quality Readymix concrete from the Lafarge Saldanha Readymix plant, formulated with slag extender to enhance durability while reducing the carbon footprint of the construction. The Saldanha Quarry supplied the 19mm aggregate used in the concrete.

 

In the affordable housing sector, Lafarge has exciting developments in the pipeline. To enhance our offering in this area, we have put together an experienced project team who are taking a holistic look at affordable housing from finance to design and innovative materials. The aim is to ensure the benefits of LafargeHolcim's technical leadership in sustainable development flow not only to the broader residential and commercial property market, but also help to build better communities.

 

 

Lafarge South Africa is a leading building solutions provider offering the local construction industry an extensive range of quality, lower-carbon footprint products ideally suited for the construction of houses. This includes innovative cements, mortars, plasters and ready mix concrete with guaranteed consistent quality, as well as global branded products such as ArteviaTM decorative concretes and the unique HydromediaTM permeable concretes. We also provide a convenient service for homeowners' projects in the form of ready-to-use quality concrete and mortar in the 500 litre EkhayaBag. 

Lafarge Service Centre brings global innovation and local delivery to Orlando, Soweto

The local economy of Orlando in Soweto is about to benefit from the opening of the Lafarge Service Centre that will provide on-the-ground expertise, advice, insight and hands-on assistance in all building and construction projects in and around the area, at no cost.

 

The Lafarge Service Centre opens its doors officially on June 10, bringing the community and its construction entrepreneurs all the knowledge and expertise of this leader in the global building supply sector, coupled with the unrivalled local insight and understanding that Lafarge holds.

 

Tshepiso Dumasi, General Manager: Cement at Lafarge South Africa says, "This is both a business decision and a decision motivated by our determination to be more involved with the communities within which we operate. Lafarge is deeply committed to the Orlando and broader Soweto community. Our Service Centre not only brings our products into Orlando, it also brings a range of services that will streamline the building process for our customers, thus ensuring speedier and more efficient construction, and contributing significantly to both expertise and infrastructure development in Orlando."

 

As part of the service offering and to foster enterprise development, the company will also offer Lafarge-accredited training to local entrepreneurs in the construction and brickmaking sectors.

 

The Service Centre is by no means a one-off initiative. More Service Centres of this nature are in the pipeline for under-served communities throughout South Africa to boost skills, expertise and contribute to infrastructure development. The Service Centre initiative will stimulate construction and infrastructure development in these communities.

 

The Lafarge Service Centre brings a full suite of services and advice points, all under one roof and all in the heart of communities. Services at this pilot project include planning and design advice (to optimise site-use, human requirements of a structure, and best economies of scale); product advice (to ensure optimal materials are used and a durable and cost-effective build); financial advice (to streamline the finance application process to get projects off of plan and onto site as speedily as possible); advice on finishes and interiors; access to a pool of Lafarge-approved contractors (for the peace of mind that comes with having competent, skilled and experienced people and supervisors on site); and regulation-issues support (to help people plan and build within local authority rules and regulations).

 

"There are communities across South Africa that have not had access to a service like this for far too long," Dumasi adds. "We look forward to opening our doors in Orlando, and deepening an already excellent relationship with the community to grow its economy, together."

 

Lafarge products will continue to be readily available in large retail outlets. The company reiterates that it values the business relationship that exists between itself and its critical retail stakeholders.  "People can continue to buy our products from retail outlets. However, the Orlando and surrounding communities may now also source products - and all the building and construction advice it needs - direct from Lafarge at the Orlando Service Centre," he says.

 

Traditional hardware and building supply retailers stand to benefit from the rollout of these Service Centres. Demand for tools, materials and so on will be directed to these businesses. This is not only an expansion of the Lafarge services and expertise, it is also an opportunity for all players in the sector to benefit from the stimulation that the Centre will bring to the industry."

 

The Lafarge Service Centre is located on the corner of Adams and Mofokeng Streets, Orlando, Soweto.

Lafarge South Africa is a member of LafargeHolcim, the world leader in the building materials industry. The company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates and readymixed concrete and fly ash through its various business units.

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