: Lafarge http://www.lafarge.co.za Lafarge, building better cities. @: Lafarge 2015 @: Lafarge 2015 : Lafarge /wps/themes/html/CommonFiles_za/img/logo_lafarge_en_int.gif /wps/portal/za : Lafarge Lafarge provides concrete solution for Ladyrinth http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1432817420378/PR#1287575984&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>Located in Mbombela (formerly known as Nelspruit), the Lowveld National Botanical Gardens is famous for its many plant species and the largest collection of cycads in Africa. It now has an exciting project to build a new attraction in the form of a labyrinth.</p><p>Labyrinths appear in various societies from way back in history and can be thought of as symbolising life's challenges or a means to divorce oneself from the trials of daily life and achieve a meditative state. The project team has decided on an intriguing triple spiral labyrinth and approached Lafarge South Africa for a solution to the challenging building material requirements.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"As a caring member of the community, we are delighted to be a partner in this marvellous project to create an attractive asset for posterity in the Botanical Gardens," says Lafarge South Africa's Trudie Heinemann, Readymix Area Manager for Mpumalanga. "We had previously provided a solution for constructing durable non-slip pathways in the Gardens by supplying our unique rapid draining permeable concrete, Hydromedia<sup>TM</sup>."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge South Africa is the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, a world leader in building materials with unparalleled technical capability. Locally, the company has a well-recognised track record for providing the local construction industry with innovative products, solutions and services in line with the Group's brand baseline of &lsquo;<em>Building better cities'</em>. This embodies its ambition to contribute innovative solutions for the construction of cities that are sustainable, more durable, more beautiful and more desirable living environments for local communities.</p> <p>The plans for the labyrinth are close to implementation: the Lafarge Readymix team has been working closely with both the project's architect and a Lafarge approved concrete placing and finishing specialist, Riaan van Doorn of Spectacular Concrete, to finalise details. The current proposal is to build the labyrinth using Lafarge Artevia<sup>TM</sup> decorative concrete, which is a strong, durable structural concrete that&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 0.814em; line-height: 1.231; background-color: #ffffff;">offers a wide range of colour, texture and patterned finishes. The scheme will use a scarified, non-slip finish for the walkways with an attractive, easy to maintain border in Artevia</span><sup>TM</sup><span style="font-size: 0.814em; line-height: 1.231; background-color: #ffffff;"> Polish.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"It is a fascinating project that we have ahead of us," comments Lafarge South Africa's Andrew Solomon, Sales Manager for Mpumalanga. "The triple-spiral labyrinth will probably be the first in South Africa and definitely the first in any of the country's botanical gardens. Our contribution to the project will be a donation of some R18&nbsp;000 worth of product, together with the active participation of our Technical Controller, Reginald Masuku."&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The symbolism of a labyrinth has many interpretations: in this case, the project team feel it is the three stages of man, from child to adult to elder, finishing life in the centre of the circle. It is far larger and more complicated to construct than initially realised from looking at the design proposal. From the beginning to the destination and back again is a 400 metre walk!</p> <p><span style="font-size: 0.814em; line-height: 1.231; background-color: #ffffff;"><span style="font-size: 0.814em; line-height: 1.231; background-color: #ffffff;">&nbsp;"Lafarge South Africa is proud to be involved in the labyrinth project," adds Heinemann. "It will be an additional tourism draw card for the Lowveld Botanical Gardens and help boost the economy of the surrounding communities."&nbsp;</span>&nbsp; </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>note to editor</p> <p>A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 63,000 people in 61 countries, and posted sales of &euro;12.8 billion in 2014. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.</p> <p>In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, ready-mixed concrete, pulverised fly ash, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings through its various business units. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better rural towns and villages.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Additional information is available on the website at </em><a href="http://www.lafarge.co.za/" target="" title=""><em>www.lafarge.co.za</em></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>For further information, please contact:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Chant&aacute;l Stewart</p> <p>Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com" target="" title="">Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Glasshouse Communication Management</p> <p>Bridget von Holdt</p> <p>011&nbsp;646 9992 / 0826100650</p> <p><span style="font-size: 0.814em; line-height: 1.231; background-color: #ffffff;"><a href="mailto:bridget@ghcm.co.za" target="" title="" style="font-size: 0.814em; line-height: 1.231;">bridget@ghcm.co.za</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 19 May 2015 12:50:14 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1432817420378/PR#1287575984&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2015-05-19T12:50:14Z Lafarge Readymix team achieves ISO 9001:2008 Certification http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1432819757794/PR#1000456859&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>Lafarge South Africa's Readymix business line has been awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification after a two year rigorous auditing procedure. This internationally highly-respected Quality Management System (QMS) gives customers peace of mind by verifying that the procedures and people in the organisation are focused on continually meeting or exceeding customers' expectations.&nbsp;</p><p>Handing over the ISO 9001:2008 certificate on 13 May 2015 at a ceremony held in Lafarge South Africa's Johannesburg head office, the Business Development Manager for the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), Tony Fillmore said: "This certification is the foundation phase of entrenching quality management practices throughout your organisation. Now that it is in place you can build on it. Lafarge Readymix should now aim for the Environmental Management System ISO 14001 as the next step in the QMS certification process."&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"While one of the outcomes of the successful QMS certification process is reliable product quality, it actually embraces everything that we do to provide quality service to our customers, from raw material control to delivery and invoicing," comments Anton Combrink, General Manager of Lafarge South Africa's Readymix business line. "It acknowledges that our company structure and the hard work we put into ensuring the effective control of all activities which are related, either directly or indirectly, to satisfying our customers are of a high international standard."&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge South Africa is the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, a world leader in building materials. Lafarge's commitment to use its unparalleled technical strength to contribute products and solutions for <em>Building better cities:</em> cities that are more compact, have more housing, are more durable and better connected, while being more beautiful and desirable places for everyone to live in.</p> <p>The core principle of the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System is accepting that the success of an organisation depends on its customers and it should focus on working closely with them to understand current needs, as well as anticipate how to add value to their businesses in the future. While traditionally being thought of as the sales team's job, this principle has to be entrenched in the minds of staff at all levels of the company and their active contribution motivated at all times.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>QMS certification is by no means a once off exercise and requires continual vigilance, reinforcement and innovation to establish new and better ways of giving customer service. To ensure the standards are maintained at all levels of the organisation, Lafarge Readymix has established an internal team of auditors trained in the ISO processes and procedures. The ongoing validity of the ISO 9001:2008 certification is contingent upon their diligence and effectiveness being confirmed in spot surveillance audits by the SABS.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;"This has been a Lafarge Readymix team effort to enhance our standing in the marketplace and ensure continued growth our business," says Lafarge South Africa's Hennis van Zyl, Area Manager for Concrete (Cape Town). "Everyone deserves congratulations for this successful outcome from their hard work and commitment: from the strong belief and leadership of our management to every member of our operating teams in ready-mix concrete plants throughout the country. Our appreciation also goes to our internal audit teams as well as the SABS."&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>note to editor</p> <p>A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 63,000 people in 61 countries, and posted sales of &euro;12.8 billion in 2014. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.</p> <p>In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, ready-mixed concrete, pulverised fly ash, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings through its various business units. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better rural towns and villages.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Additional information is available on the website at </em><a href="http://www.lafarge.co.za/" target="" title=""><em>www.lafarge.co.za</em></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>For further information, please contact:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Chant&aacute;l Stewart</p> <p>Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com" target="" title="">Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Glasshouse Communication Management</p> <p>Bridget von Holdt</p> <p>011&nbsp;646 9992 / 0826100650</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="mailto:bridget@ghcm.co.za" target="" title="">bridget@ghcm.co.za</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 18 May 2015 13:29:29 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1432819757794/PR#1000456859&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2015-05-18T13:29:29Z Castcrete solution from Innovative Lafarge technology http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1427289959685/PR#122383312&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p><span style="font-size: 0.814em;">.</span>Lafarge South Africa continues to demonstrate its leadership in cement and concrete innovation with the launch of CastCrete bulk cement. Designed specifically to meet the needs of the precast and ready-mixed concrete producers in coastal regions,<strong> </strong>this quality cement offers excellent all-round strength performance, enhanced workability and concrete with superior durability.</p><p>The company is the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, a world leader in building materials with unparalleled technical capability. Locally, Lafarge South Africa has a well-recognised track record for providing the local construction industry with innovative products, solutions and services in line with the Group's brand baseline of &lsquo;<em>Building better cities'</em>. This embodies its ambition to contribute innovative solutions for the construction of cities that, with more housing, are more compact, while also being more durable, more beautiful and a more desirable living environment for local communities.</p> <p>Working closely with their coastal customers, Lafarge South Africa identified that in general these customers would prefer not to blend cement themselves and needed a consistent quality high performance product. "We believe that our products should add value to a customer's business," comments Desmond Maharaj, GM of Lafarge South Africa's Cement business line. "Reflecting this, we have the widest range of designed for purpose products covering every application."</p> <p><strong>Lafarge CastCrete offers precast and ready-mixed concrete producers in coastal regions an innovative cement designed to meet their need for excellent all-round strength performance, enhanced workability and concrete with superior durability.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>CastCrete is a bulk cement formulated from Portland cement clinker and siliceous fly ash, together with a performance enhancing additive, at the Lafarge Richards Bay clinker grinding plant. The result is a pozzolanic fly ash cement that embodies the company's extensive experience with incorporating the properties of a quality fly ash to produce cost-effective, high performance, workable mixes and concretes. Lafarge South Africa's innovative formulations have proven their strength and durability in a wide range of coastal construction projects, including Richards Bay Harbour extensions, Coega Harbour and Mozal aluminium smelter in Mozambique &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"The properties of CastCrete are tightly controlled at our plant in a way that is not possible with a general blending operation," says Lafarge South Africa's Dirk Odendaal, Technical Sales Manager - Cement Product Line. "To meet the productivity needs of manufacturers of precast units such as lintels, garden benches, bricks and blocks, we formulate for a 2-day strength of at least 18 MPa and a 28-day strength in excess of 48 MPa. The fly ash enhances workability, which is also a huge benefit for ready-mixed concrete producers."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Other significant advantages for coastal producers of larger precast units and concrete structures are the increased resistance to sulphate and chloride attack provided by CastCrete's formulation, as well as the product's contribution to reducing and controlling the heat of hydration.&nbsp;</p> <p>"What differentiates us in the marketplace is our investment in research and industrial engineering and our focus on customer service," adds Maharaj. "We ensure that end-users enjoy consistent high quality and performance from Lafarge products, tailored to their needs."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 0.814em; line-height: 1.231; background-color: #ffffff;">note to editor</span></p> <p>A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 63,000 people in 61 countries, and posted sales of &euro;12.8 billion in 2014. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<em>ENDS</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, ready-mixed concrete, pulverised fly ash, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings through its various business units. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better rural towns and villages.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Additional information is available on the website at </em><a href="http://www.lafarge.co.za/" target="" title=""><em>www.lafarge.co.za</em></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>For further information, please contact:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Chant&aacute;l Stewart</p> <p>Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com" target="" title="">Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Glasshouse Communication Management</p> <p>Bridget von Holdt</p> <p>011&nbsp;646 9992 / 0826100650</p> <p><a href="mailto:bridget@ghcm.co.za" target="" title="">bridget@ghcm.co.za</a></p> <p><span style="font-size: 0.814em; line-height: 1.231; background-color: #ffffff;">&nbsp;</span>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <table align="left" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%" summary=" "> <tbody> <tr> <td width="680" colspan="2" valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="680" colspan="2" valign="top"> <p>CONTACTS</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="340" valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td width="340" valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="680" colspan="2" valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="680" colspan="2" valign="top"> <p><em>Additional information is available on the website at&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.lafarge.co.za/" target="" title=""><em>www.lafarge.co.za</em></a></p> <p><strong>For further information, please contact:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Chant&aacute;l Stewart</p> <p>Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com" target="" title="">Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Glasshouse Communication Management</p> <p>Bridget von Holdt</p> <p>011&nbsp;646 9992 / 0826100650</p> <p><a href="mailto:bridget@ghcm.co.za" target="" title="">bridget@ghcm.co.za</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Chant&aacute;l Stewart</p> <p>Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com" target="" title="">Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Glasshouse Communication Management</p> <p>Bridget von Holdt</p> <p>011&nbsp;646 9992 / 0826100650</p> <p><a href="mailto:bridget@ghcm.co.za" target="" title="" style="font-size: 0.814em; line-height: 1.231;">bridget@ghcm.co.za</a></p> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:26:42 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1427289959685/PR#122383312&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2015-04-17T12:26:42Z Lafarge QDSA's innovative service to customers http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1432816555219/PR#1910575021&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>A strong focus on innovation is one of the key differentiating features of Lafarge South Africa, the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, a world leader in building materials.&nbsp; Customers who have sought the technical services of Lafarge South Africa's&nbsp; Quality Department Southern Africa (QDSA) based at Industria, Johannesburg, have come to appreciate the unique scope of services available from Lafarge and the ability of the QDSA staff to empathise with their needs.&nbsp;</p><p>This local technical facility illustrates the essence of Lafarge's new branding with its ambition to contribute to <em>Building better cities. </em>The Group is committed to using its unparalleled technical strength to provide customers with products and solutions for building better cities that are more compact, have more housing, are more durable, more connected, more beautiful and are more desirable places in which all people can live, work and play.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>QDSA operates one of the largest and most respected SANAS (South African National Accreditation System) Accredited Civil Engineering testing facilities in South Africa. Complying with ISO/IEC 17025, the facility has a proud nineteen-year track record of continuous accreditation. It has a fine track record for being a one-stop technical solution centre for Lafarge customers and the local construction industry in general.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The scope of QDSA's innovative holistic technical support embraces the full value circle. Customers can commission assistance for any part or the whole process: product mix design, validation, on site implementation, and optimisation.&nbsp; The technical support covers services such as complete aggregates evaluation; solutions for concrete from recommendations on suitable binders and admixtures to final mix designs; mix design solutions and optimisation for precast concrete and tiles; solutions for mortar and plasters; materials evaluation for bricks, blocks and domestic pavers; grouts and backfill solutions for mines, including product performance comparisons using a climate simulation chamber. The QDSA team also offers on-site trouble shooting and a range of sophisticated specialised testing such as full chemical oxide analysis by XRF. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 0.814em; line-height: 1.231; background-color: #ffffff;">A unique strength that benefits customers and sets Lafarge South Africa further apart from its competitors, is QDSA's affiliation to the Lafarge Group's Research Centre in Lyon, France, one of the largest building materials research and development centres in the world. QDSA also exchanges information with over 60 material technology laboratories worldwide.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Comments QDSA Manager, Sibusiso (&lsquo;Sibu') Hlatshwayo: "Our capability of providing innovative technical solutions for product and project building material issues is directed at adding value to the businesses of our customers."</p> <p><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>-Ends-</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>note to editor</p> <p>A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 63,000 people in 61 countries, and posted sales of &euro;12.8 billion in 2014. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.</p> <p>In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, ready-mixed concrete, pulverised fly ash, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings through its various business units. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better rural towns and villages.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Additional information is available on the website at </em><a href="http://www.lafarge.co.za/" target="" title=""><em>www.lafarge.co.za</em></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>For further information, please contact:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Chant&aacute;l Stewart</p> <p>Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com" target="" title="">Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Glasshouse Communication Management</p> <p>Bridget von Holdt</p> <p>011&nbsp;646 9992 / 0826100650</p> <p><a href="mailto:bridget@ghcm.co.za" target="" title="">bridget@ghcm.co.za</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 07 Apr 2015 12:36:59 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1432816555219/PR#1910575021&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2015-04-07T12:36:59Z Lafarge links up with Orlando Stadium http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1427289898743/PR#1966532158&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>Johannesburg: Two seemingly diverse entities with proud long histories in South Africa signed an exciting joint venture agreement on 1 February 2015. Lafarge South Africa, one of Southern Africa's leading building materials manufacturers, concluded a sponsorship deal with Stadium Management South Africa (SMSA) for the exclusive naming rights to the famous Orlando Stadium in the heart of Soweto: to be known as the Lafarge Orlando Stadium. Branding is currently underway and the dramatic transformation of the Stadium's appearance will be revealed at a prestigious launch function scheduled to be held in May.</p><p>"There is good brand synergy between Lafarge South Africa and the Orlando Stadium: in particular in their long-standing commitments to sustainable development in local communities. I am passionate about skills transfer and look forward to Lafarge contributing their strength in this area and their experience with education upliftment in disadvantaged communities," said SMSA's CEO, Jacques Grobbelaar.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>First built in 1959, the Stadium has a rich and proud history associated with soccer, entertainment and the surrounding community's involvement in the political struggle for recognition. Demolished in 2008 and rebuilt at a cost of R280 million, the new 35&nbsp;000 capacity showplace featured strongly in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Commented Jaco Beukes, CEO of SAIL, the exclusive commercial agents to SMSA: "SAIL is all about connecting brands with quality platforms in the sport industry. We are proud and excited to have facilitated this association between a leading international brand such as Lafarge and an iconic South African soccer landmark. Together with SMSA, SAIL is looking forward to building a strong and fruitful partnership."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge South Africa is the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, a world leader in building materials. The company is highly regarded in the local construction industry for continually introducing innovative cement and concrete solutions to this region. The Group's brand baseline <em>&lsquo;Building better cities'</em><strong> </strong>is founded on the huge global trend to urbanisation and reflects Lafarge's commitment to help create cities that are desirable, sustainable environments for all people.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"Everywhere you look in South Africa, you see the reality of urbanisation," says Ken MacLean, Lafarge South Africa's Country CEO. "The rural village of today will be the city of tomorrow. Informal settlements, villages, towns and existing cities are growing rapidly and must become viable, sustainable communities. Communities that need decent housing, hospitals, schools and offices, together with the associated infrastructure to connect and service cities, such as roads, airports, water and power utilities. Lafarge South Africa aims to play a significant role in addressing this major challenge for town planners, municipal engineers and the whole construction industry."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With its technical strength and skill at innovation, Lafarge South Africa is in a unique position to contribute products and solutions for this process of <em>Building better communities</em> through having a strong presence in all its construction related business lines: cement, aggregates, ready-mixed concrete, fly ash and plasterboard systems.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>All of Lafarge South Africa's operating sites have active corporate social responsibility programmes that contribute to the betterment of their neighbouring communities, and also encourage the involvement of employees through a global Group Volunteering initiative. The local company is especially focused on helping to improve the education environment for our youth. This is being implemented through the Lafarge Education and Community Trusts, which have introduced ongoing holistic programmes of education upliftment at 11 schools in Bodibe Village, North West, and 26 schools in the Mzimela community of northern KwaZulu-Natal. In addition, the Trusts collaborate with the SA National Council for the Blind to help those with visual impairments obtain qualifications and take their place in society.</p> <p>With particular emphasis on helping to create sustainable communities, Lafarge South Africa recently extended its highly regarded cement and concrete technical support service, now known as &lsquo;Ask for Thuso', (&lsquo;Ask for Help' in Sesotho), to emerging building contractors, entrepreneurs and DIY homeowners. This service had previously been mainly in support of the company's larger customers in the construction and concrete products industries.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"The exciting branding project with Orlando Stadium will emphasise that we have always been, and always will be, very much a part of the South African community," comments Lafarge South Africa's Country Marketing Manager, Alta Theron. "Our contribution to education and skills development reflects that the people in the communities close to our sites are future Lafarge customers, employees, engineers and leaders."</p> <p>ENDS</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Note to Editor</strong></p> <p>A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 63,000 people in 61 countries, and posted sales of &euro;12.8 billion in 2014. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates and ready-mixed concrete. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better cities, rural towns and villages.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Additional information is available on the website at </em><a href="http://www.lafarge.co.za/" target="" title=""><em>www.lafarge.co.za</em></a></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>For further information, please contact:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Chant&aacute;l Stewart</p> <p>Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com" target="" title="">Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Glasshouse Communication Management</p> <p>Bridget von Holdt</p> <p>011&nbsp;646 9992 / 0826100650</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="mailto:bridget@ghcm.co.za" target="" title="">bridget@ghcm.co.za</a></p> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:25:12 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1427289898743/PR#1966532158&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2015-03-19T13:25:12Z CHRONOLIA™ - The versatile time-saving concrete from Lafarge http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1427289539733/PR#2127853155&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>Chronolia&trade; ready mixed concrete is another technological breakthrough from the Lafarge Group, a world leader in building materials. It is the fruit of five years of extremely advanced research in nanotechnologies, focused on understanding the clear need from customers to control their construction schedules and to be able to work as rapidly as possible. Chronolia&trade; has already achieved considerable success on various construction projects in the USA, Canada, Europe and, more recently, South Africa.</p><p>The local presence of the Group, Lafarge South Africa, and established leader in readymix innovation, recently introduced Chronolia<sup><sup>TM</sup></sup> technology to the local construction market. As its name suggests, Chronolia<sup><sup>TM</sup></sup> is about time: about saving a remarkable amount of time for contractors. The product's ability to quickly develop high strength means that formwork can be removed considerably faster than for standard concrete, allowing twice as many daily formwork cycles.</p> <p>Chronolia<sup><sup>TM</sup></sup> is an example of Lafarge's commitment to use its unparalleled technical strength to contribute products and solutions for <em>Building better cities:</em> cities that are more compact, have more housing, are more durable and better connected, while being more beautiful and desirable places for everyone to live in.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"We believe that the performance of our concrete should add value to a customer's contract<em>,</em> rather than the traditional situation of their work schedule being limited by a concrete's characteristics," says Lafarge South Africa's Dave Miles, National Performance and Technical Manager - Readymix. "There was a need to have a concrete that could be transported and handled in the same way as conventional readymix but, once placed, would enable the formwork to be removed when it optimally suited the customer's programme: this normally means far quicker than with a normal concrete mix. In Chronolia<sup><sup>TM</sup></sup>, Lafarge has developed the solution to these seemingly contradictory requirements and we are adapting it to our climate and regionally available concrete materials. Trials have shown that, with certain grades of Chronolia<sup><sup>TM</sup></sup>, formwork can be removed in as little as 2 hours after casting has been completed."</p> <p>The remarkable versatility of Chronolia<sup><sup>TM</sup></sup> is facilitating a new approach to concrete work scheduling. Whereas it takes between 12 and 20 hours from batching before formwork can be removed using conventional concrete for general applications, the range of Chronolia<sup><sup>TM</sup></sup> grades guarantees concrete performance at the required early age. The range of grades embraces 4&nbsp;hours, 6 hours and 15 hours after batching, as well as 24 hours or 48 hours for higher strength applications. Chronolia<sup><sup>TM</sup></sup> has the same workability as conventional readymixed concrete and can be used on all construction site applications.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The formulation of the grades gives 2 hours of slump retention followed by the selected</p> <p>rapid strength gain. For example, the 4-hour grade gives a minimum compressive strength</p> <p>of 1 MPa, 4 hours after batching, while the 15-hour grade achieves a minimum compressive strength of 15&nbsp;MPa, 15 hours after batching. The 48-hour grade guarantees a minimum compressive strength of 25 MPa, 48 hours after batching.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"As with any concrete, the performance characteristics are influenced by the quality of the available local concrete constituents and the prevailing weather conditions," comments SivuyileNgobazana, National Product Manager of Lafarge South Africa's Readymix business line. "The rapid setting time of Chronolia<sup><sup>TM</sup></sup> combined with exceptionally high early strength, backed by the Lafarge South Africa guarantee, makes it an ideal solution for repairing road surfaces and civil engineering structures, enabling them to be brought back into service with minimal disruption to users."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The key advantage of Chronolia<sup><sup>TM</sup></sup> is that it allows much more flexibility in construction planning because the schedule is no longer governed by the formwork. Its use can double the daily rotation of formwork for walls, precast elements, columns and beams, while accelerating the loading of load-bearing concrete elements! It enables a fresh approach to the traditional organisation of a building site to achieve a more efficient work flow.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"We listened to our customers and appreciated that in today's competitive construction market, saving time can be a profit or loss decider. By factoring in the potential for cost saving in time and equipment offered by Chronolia<sup><sup>TM</sup></sup>, our customers' tendering becomes more competitive," adds Ngobazana. "Consequently, Chronolia<sup><sup>TM</sup></sup> has already aroused tremendous interest in the market and is set to further enhance Lafarge Readymix's reputation as innovators and the leading readymix concrete solution provider."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Readymix innovation by Lafarge</strong></p> <p>Building practices and productivity in the local construction industry have been transformed by Lafarge South Africa's introduction of innovations such as the Artevia<sup><sup>TM</sup></sup> range of decorative concretes; the self-compacting concretes in the Agilia<sup><sup>TM</sup></sup> range; andHydromedia<sup><sup>TM</sup></sup>, the technology breakthrough in fast draining permeable concrete.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>ENDS</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;<strong>Note to Editor</strong></p> <p>A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 63,000 people in 61 countries, and posted sales of &euro;12.8 billion in 2014. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates and readymixed concrete. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better cities, rural towns and villages.</p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>Additional information is available on the website at </em><a href="http://www.lafarge.co.za/" target="" title=""><em>www.lafarge.co.za</em></a></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>For further information, please contact:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Chant&aacute;l Stewart</p> <p>Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com" target="" title="">Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Glasshouse Communication Management</p> <p>Bridget von Holdt</p> <p>011&nbsp;646 9992 / 0826100650</p> <p><a href="mailto:bridget@ghcm.co.za" target="" title="">bridget@ghcm.co.za</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 13:19:51 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1427289539733/PR#2127853155&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2015-03-06T13:19:51Z Lafarge South Africa’s white concrete solution for Chevron headquarters http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1424701767873/PR#1688156097&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>When Chevron South Africa, a leading refiner and marketer of petroleum products, looked for a landmark sustainable design for its new headquarters in Century City, Cape Town in 2011, it invited architects to compete for the design contract. Winners, Louis Karol Architects &amp; Interiors, proposed a &lsquo;naked' white concrete building but the client was initially sceptical that the local construction industry could successfully build a major structure in white concrete. As the concrete solution, Lafarge South Africa proposed its innovative Artevia&trade;&nbsp;decorative concrete.</p><p>"Lafarge was totally confident of being able to provide solutions for building in white concrete, no matter what challenges might arise. This was a key factor in Chevron accepting our design concept," says architect Robert Silke, design director at Louis Karol. "The white concept was not purely an aesthetic one; it was also an elegant solution to the client's sustainable development requirement. Most buildings are built twice: the main structure goes up and then a decision is made on the expensive cladding to be used, be it aluminium, stone, glass or plaster and paint. Raw grey shutter concrete can be considered too &lsquo;brutal' and is often painted over within six months."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge South Africa is the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, a world leader in building materials. The Group is committed to creating innovative materials and solutions that contribute to <em>Building better cities</em> that are more durable and beautiful environments for all. With the world's leading building materials research facility, innovation is at the forefront of the Group's major investment in research and development. It aims to meet the challenges of the fast-moving construction industry and to better serve architectural creativity.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Artevia<sup>TM</sup> decorative concrete is a high quality structural concrete combining durability and low maintenance with a high standard of aesthetic finish. The product is produced with an integral UV stable colour pigment. The homogeneous mix minimises the effect on appearance if the concrete surface is chipped or damaged in any way. The innovative Artevia<sup>TM</sup> range is available in an extensive range of colours and textures, providing almost unlimited scope for architectural expression.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Main contractor, Stefanutti Stocks Building Western Cape, started construction of the</p> <p>9&nbsp;500 m&sup2; Chevron head office in 2012, and completed the project in March 2014 at a cost of over R200&nbsp;million. The building has met the client's requirement to achieve a 5 Star Green Star SA Office Design v1 rating and is on track to have a 5 Star As Built rating confirmed.&nbsp; The striking building is a high-end, world-class structure in off-shutter concrete with infill glass panels between the white concrete columns. It is divided into four quadrants by two major expansion joints and consists of three floors of offices with basement parking, as well as recreation areas, a canteen and laboratories on the ground floor, surrounding an open-air courtyard.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"We believe the Chevron project involved the largest volume of white concrete ever used in the Western Cape," commented Johann van der Merwe, Contracts Manager for Stefanutti Stocks. "The extent of the challenges that had to be addressed was hard to envisage but Lafarge Cape Town Readymix worked closely with us as a team to ensure a successful outcome. Lafarge is very solutions focused and are able to call on the unparalleled technical resources of the international Lafarge Group."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"An area that tested the technical skills of the team at the beginning of the project was maintaining concrete workability for the contractor, which was resolved by our technical team and the admixture supplier," said Lafarge South Africa's Craig Mills, Regional Technical Manager. "We are fortunate in having back up from a team of concrete experts based at the Lafarge Centre of Research in France, should we require assistance with challenging projects such as this one. The problem was due to the reactivity of the white cement. In one instance, a particular cantilever had to be removed due to retardation. Technical Department investigated the problem and, identifying the root cause, put preventative measures in place to mitigate any reoccurrence."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"As a unique high-class white concrete project, cleanliness and quality management throughout the production, supply and placement of our white Lafarge Artevia<sup>TM</sup> concrete</p> <p>had to be carefully planned and meticulously controlled," comments Lafarge South Africa's Sivuyile Ngobozana, National Product Manager - Readymix. At the Lafarge batch plant, special white cement was used and the white colour of the mix enhanced further with white pigments. The plant team had to use a dedicated truck loading hopper for the white Artevia<sup>TM</sup> mix and carefully wash all conveyor belts before loading the Lafarge truck mixers, which had been washed and inspected thoroughly. Sand colour variation was a continual concern and this, combined with the reactivity of the white cement, required a Lafarge technical representative to monitor the concrete for all the pours.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"We had to purchase new equipment purely for white concrete use," commented Van der Merwe. "There could be no risk of contamination. Ironically, the special shutters that we used were made from an extremely smooth specific resin board called Black Resin Board. Our trucks could not have been used for standard grey concrete previously. All placing equipment had to be set aside purely for white concrete use, including two banana buckets and even the compacting vibrators."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Cleanliness wasn't the only factor in ensuring the white finish was of the required high standard; shutter release oil was a critical area to avoid staining and, after extensive trials,</p> <p>a water-based product was selected. Similarly, rusting of the rebars was a concern and a sealant was used to close plastic shrinkage cracks to minimise the risk of rusting. This was particularly relevant because shrinkage of the white mix proved to be abnormally high. To minimise cracking, the tops of the columns were covered with wet hessian immediately after casting and, as soon as the formwork was stripped, the columns were wrapped in plastic wrap and then Perspex. The Perspex worked well to prevent damage that would not have been possible to repair.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"At the end of all these challenges, we managed to deliver a finished product that did not</p> <p>just meet but exceeded the client's expectations," added Stefanutti Stocks' Van der Merwe. "The finish is outstanding, by far the best white concrete off-shutter result we have seen in our experience. We could not have achieved this without the strong support from Lafarge South Africa's product and technical solutions."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Standing back to appreciate the overall effect, the superb Chevron building gleams like travertine marble. While initially it has been expensive to create, the monolithic external structure will only require cleaning every seven or eight years. "We are overwhelmed by the outcome," enthuses architect, Silke. "The building looks beautiful and demonstrates that in partnership with Lafarge's technical resources, the local building industry has the construction skills to create a world-class result. We were fortunate to have Chevron as a client, who insisted on a high quality, sustainable project as the overriding priority."&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, readymixed concrete, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better cities, rural towns and villages.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge South Africa also demonstrates active concern for the conservation of the country's wildlife heritage and is a major supporter of the world's first dedicated baby rhino orphanage in Limpopo Province.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>note to editor</p> <p>As a world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of &euro;15.2 billion in 2013. As a top-ranking player in Cement, Aggregates and Concrete, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><em>Additional information is available on the website at </em><a href="http://www.lafarge.co.za/" target="" title=""><em>www.lafarge.co.za</em></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>For further information, please contact:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Chant&aacute;l Stewart</p> <p>Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com" target="" title="">Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Glasshouse Communication Management</p> <p>Bridget von Holdt</p> <p>011&nbsp;646 9992 / 0826100650</p> <p><a href="mailto:bridget@ghcm.co.za" target="" title="">bridget@ghcm.co.za</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 09 Feb 2015 14:29:42 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1424701767873/PR#1688156097&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2015-02-09T14:29:42Z The way forward on waste http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1424701742106/PR#1933827564&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>The purpose of the National Environmental Management Waste Act, 2008 (NEMWA) is to reform the law regulating waste management, in order to protect public health and the environment. Among the wide-ranging topics that NEMWA addresses is the establishment of a national waste information system and provision for the licensing and control of waste management activities. While society increasingly recognises the importance of promoting recovery, recycling and reuse in sustainable development, this has to be balanced against potential health issues. The current reality is that waste disposal remains the principal way of dealing with waste in South Africa as evidenced by an estimated 1 200 active landfill sites. The fact is that defining &lsquo;waste' is by no means as easy as it appears, and it is difficult to establish an integrated approach to waste management. &nbsp;</p><p>The National Waste Management: Amendment Bill, which was approved by Parliament on 28 February 2014, seeks to address some of the challenges of waste management by amending the definitions of &lsquo;waste', &lsquo;reuse' and &lsquo;recovery'to provide more clarity and certainty. While the Bill is still a &lsquo;work in progress', it is a significant step forward. Recognition is being given to waste that is being put to beneficial use, although the proposed regulations are still struggling to adequately address situations where material reverts to being waste, or a portion of it was never recovered and used for a value adding purpose. The latest Bill also introduces &lsquo;Schedule 3', a comprehensive list of what constitutes &lsquo;waste', divided into hazardous and general waste. The use of the term &lsquo;by-product' has been removed in order to provide more legal clarity on &lsquo;waste', &lsquo;recovery' and &lsquo;reuse' of waste.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The case for fly ash</strong></p> <p>An important debate in the building materials industry is whether fly ash should be classified as a &lsquo;waste', and whether it should be regarded as hazardous.&nbsp; It would seem to be totally unwarranted to classify it as &lsquo;waste' when Ash Resources, South Africa's leading manufacturer and supplier of fly ash products, pioneered the recycling of a material that was originally considered a waste product of the Eskom coal-fired power stations. For over thirty years, the company has been processing it into value-added cementitious building materials for the local cement and concrete industries.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ash Resources has also developed fine fly ash inert fillers for plastics and rubber products, while the company's ongoing research is opening up an exciting range of applications in mining and waste management. Today, the local demand for processed fly ash products exceeds 2 million tons a year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The company operates five plants that receive the raw fly ash through direct links to Eskom's coal-fired power stations and process it into fit-for purpose products, which are sold in compliance with technical specifications SANS 50450 and SANS 197. Fly ash is virtually zero carbon rated and its development by Ash Resources is playing an important &lsquo;green engineering' role in South Africa's cementitious building materials by reducing process and energy input, carbon dioxide (CO<sub>2</sub>)<sub> </sub>emissions and reducing the consumption of non-renewable natural resources. During the last ten years, the use of Ash Resources' products by the local cement, readymix and construction industries has saved over 17,5&nbsp;million tons of greenhouse gas emissions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>However, the coal-fired power stations are continuing to dispose of a significant amount of ash material on landfill sites, which would logically be classified as &lsquo;waste'. The problem of defining when a material has a &lsquo;waste' status and when it does not is one of the issues complicating the drafting of waste management regulations.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The health issue</strong></p> <p>"South Africa is taking a different approach to categorising fly ash," comments Professor Richard Kruger, President of the SA Coal Ash Association. "While obviously benefiting from monitoring the overseas regulatory developments, the Department of Environmental Affairs is not trying to emulate Europe or the USA. In the USA, fly ash was never referred to as &lsquo;waste' but rather as a &lsquo;by-product' in their Resource Conservation Recovery Act and the main concern is whether a material is hazardous or not. In Europe, the implementation of the Waste Framework Directive and compliance with the European Chemical Agency's REACH* criteria facilitates the categorisation of fly ash as a by-product. NEMWA excludes this option but includes the possibility of exemption for fly ash."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The trace element content of South African fly ash differs from that in the northern hemisphere and the concentrations of many of the toxic elements (e.g. arsenic) are much lower than their counterparts elsewhere in the world. Normal handling precautions for a powdery material need to be taken i.e. goggles should be worn. Exposure to eyes and skin should also be minimised because fly ash is alkaline and can cause irritation. Testing in terms of GHS indicated that there could be harm to aquatic life but normal environmental good practice says that materials of any sort should not be dumped in rivers or lakes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The next step</strong></p> <p>The National Waste Management: Amendment Bill makes provision in Section 74 for the Minister to exempt or exclude any waste stream or portion of a waste stream from the definition of &lsquo;waste'. This would seem to be a logical approach to classifying South Africa's vitally important processed fly ash. "The Amendment Bill is definitely a step in the right direction," says Professor Kruger. "But I believe it could still be made clearer. The Bill will now be presented to the National Council of Provinces and we await any new developments."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The role of Ash Resources</strong></p> <p>"Ash Resources contributes immensely to the country through reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and other greenhouse gases," commented Ash Resources MD, Tshepiso Dumasi. "Most importantly, the company is positively contributing to the country's National Development Plan through employment. However, this can be accelerated if processed fly ash is exempted from NEMWA as a hazardous waste. The exemption would lead to avenues of ash usage in other sectors, which will require more labour to develop thereby reducing unemployment in our society."</p> <p>&nbsp;<strong>*</strong>REACH is a regulation of the European Union adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>NOTES TO EDITORS</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Lafarge</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of &euro;15.2 billion in 2013. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, readymixed concrete, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better cities, rural towns and villages.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge South Africa also demonstrates active concern for the conservation of the country's wildlife heritage and is a major supporter of the world's first dedicated baby rhino orphanage in Limpopo Province.</p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>Additional information is available on the website at </em><a href="http://www.lafarge.co.za/" target="" title=""><em>www.lafarge.co.za</em></a></p> <p><strong>For further information, please contact:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Chant&aacute;l Stewart</p> <p>Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com" target="" title="">Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Glasshouse Communication Management</p> <p>Bridget von Holdt</p> <p>011&nbsp;646 9992 / 0826100650</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="mailto:bridget@ghcm.co.za" target="" title="">bridget@ghcm.co.za</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 09 Feb 2015 14:29:14 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1424701742106/PR#1933827564&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2015-02-09T14:29:14Z Lafarge to highlight its global support capability at Mining Indaba http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1424702157400/PR#687752441&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>The Lafarge Group's team at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, the world's largest mining investment conference, aims to highlight the Group's commitment to contribute to the success of regional and national mine infrastructure development programmes. Attending the event in Cape Town from 9-12 February 2015, Lafarge is to be represented by delegates from its local presence, Lafarge South Africa, and from Lafarge Zambia.</p><p>A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 64 000 people in 62 countries and operates the largest research centre in the world dedicated to building materials. With its industrial background, coupled with a proven technical capacity, Lafarge has the right resources to contribute to the success of large scale operations by offering innovative customised products and services for each and every type of mining site.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"Lafarge South Africa has a uniquely strong presence in all of its construction and mining related business lines of cement, aggregates, readymix, coal ash products and plasterboard," says Ken MacLean, Country CEO - Lafarge South Africa. "Our Group's brand baseline of &lsquo;<em>Building better cities'</em> reflects its ambition to provide innovative products and solutions for building better, more compact cities with more housing; cities that are more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. This clear mission stems from the huge worldwide trend for urbanisation and is particularly relevant in Africa. We recognise the vital role that the mining industry plays to meet these needs by providing the resources, employment and powering the countries' economies."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge's involvement with the mining industry in southern Africa ranges from the Sishen iron ore mine extensions, the Karoo manganese mines, the Reef's gold mines and Limpopo's platinum mines, Mpumalanga's coal mines, diamond mines in South Africa and Botswana, and Zambia's copper mines. Lafarge is able to offer<em> </em>a wide-range of products covering the company's unique cements, aggregates, road stabilisation products, grouts, underground shotcrete, products for shaft sinking and shaft lining, as well as solutions for acid mine drainage, backfilling and land rehabilitation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"At the Mining Indaba, we will be highlighting Lafarge's offerings for mine development, backfilling during mine operation, and the increasingly important area of tailings and land rehabilitation following mine closure," adds MacLean. "A major benefit of partnering with Lafarge is the Group's understanding of key African markets arising from its successful strategy of investing in emerging countries. In addition to being by far the largest cement producer on the African continent, this strategy has created a significant, knowledgeable presence in thirteen African countries." &nbsp;</p> <p>Ends-</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>note to editor</p> <p>As a world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of &euro;15.2 billion in 2013. As a top-ranking player in Cement, Aggregates and Concrete, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.&nbsp;</p> <p>In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, readymixed concrete, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better cities, rural towns and villages.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge South Africa also demonstrates active concern for the conservation of the country's wildlife heritage and is a major supporter of the world's first dedicated baby rhino orphanage in Limpopo Province.</p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>Additional information is available on the website at </em><a href="http://www.lafarge.co.za/" target="" title=""><em>www.lafarge.co.za</em></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>For further information, please contact:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Chant&aacute;l Stewart</p> <p>Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com" target="" title="">Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Glasshouse Communication Management</p> <p>Bridget von Holdt</p> <p>011&nbsp;646 9992 / 0826100650</p> <p><a href="mailto:bridget@ghcm.co.za" target="" title="">bridget@ghcm.co.za</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 14:36:57 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1424702157400/PR#687752441&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2015-02-06T14:36:57Z Innovative Lafarge solution provided for first green taxi rank http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1424702180108/PR#430681577&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>South Africa's leading building materials company, Lafarge South Africa, worked closely with Cape Town architects Stauch Vorster right from the design phase of South Africa's first green taxi rank in Wallacedene, in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. For the construction of the building, Lafarge supplied its innovative, market-leading product, Agilia&trade;&nbsp;self-consolidating concrete.</p><p>Agilia<sup><sup>TM</sup></sup> met the requirement that all materials used in the taxi rank had to be environmentally friendly and contribute to a low carbon footprint for the facility. As well as producing high strength, durable concrete, Agilia<sup><sup>TM</sup></sup> is popular with architects for extending the avenues of creative concrete expression.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge South Africa is the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, the world leader in building materials. The Group is committed to creating solutions that help to build better cities that are more durable and desirable environments to accommodate the enormous global trend to urbanisation. Innovation is a core strength of Lafarge, which operates one of the largest building materials research and development centres in the world.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Lafarge Tygerberg Readymix plant supplied 133 m&sup3; of Agilia<sup><sup>TM</sup> </sup>concrete to construct the columns and beams of the taxi rank structure.&nbsp; The product's exceptional fluidity enables it to fill all corners and areas in formwork or moulds without the need for vibration, while remaining homogeneous. It is also an ideal product for achieving smoother architectural concrete finishes with minimal need for remedial work. The Lafarge Readymix team from the company's Cape Town branch provided technical advice and on-site support for the project.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Durability is a key issue in this type of high traffic public facility. Costing approximately R25&nbsp;million, the taxi rank is expected to serve around 5&nbsp;000 commuters daily travelling in</p> <p>50 minibuses. The challenging aspect of running cost has been exceptionally well addressed with the structure's PV panels and battery backup almost eliminating Eskom power usage. Stormwater is captured and stored in underground tanks and recycled for washing vehicles.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"This has been a fascinating project," comments Herbert Groenewald, Building Marketing Manager - Lafarge South Africa. "Lafarge is proud to have provided the concrete solution for this taxi rank initiative and firmly believes it will be the model for future transport infrastructure development."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>-Ends-</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>note to editor</p> <p>As a world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of &euro;15.2 billion in 2013. As a top-ranking player in Cement, Aggregates and Concrete, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.&nbsp;</p> <p>In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, readymixed concrete, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better cities, rural towns and villages.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge South Africa also demonstrates active concern for the conservation of the country's wildlife heritage and is a major supporter of the world's first dedicated baby rhino orphanage in Limpopo Province.</p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>Additional information is available on the website at </em><a href="http://www.lafarge.co.za/" target="" title=""><em>www.lafarge.co.za</em></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>For further information, please contact:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Chant&aacute;l Stewart</p> <p>Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com" target="" title="">Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Glasshouse Communication Management</p> <p>Bridget von Holdt</p> <p>011&nbsp;646 9992 / 0826100650</p> <p><a href="mailto:bridget@ghcm.co.za" target="" title="">bridget@ghcm.co.za</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:36:32 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1424702180108/PR#430681577&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2015-01-23T14:36:32Z New General Manager for Lafarge Aggregates http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1424701254049/PR#1192845130&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>Lafarge has recently welcomed Praveen Bechoo as its general manager for aggregates.</p><p>Praveen, whose appointment commenced on 1 October 2014 is based at the Lafarge head office in Longmeadow, and is a member of the country executive.</p> <p>A qualified engineer, Praveen holds degrees in BSc mechanical engineering, bachelor of commerce and master's in business administration.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Prior to joining Lafarge, he occupied various senior management roles with companies like Eskom, Holcim and M-Web Commerce Zone. His recent position was Business Unit Chief Executive Officer at Macsteel Coil Processing and Macsteel Special Steels where he spent thirteen (13) years.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Praveen replaces Jacques Schutte, who has been overseeing the Aggregates Product Line for the past nine (9) months.&nbsp; Jacques will return to his position as strategy and business development manager.</p> <p><strong>Note to Editor</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>As a world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of &euro;15.2 billion in 2013. As a top-ranking player in Cement, Aggregates and Concrete, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, readymixed concrete, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better cities, rural towns and villages.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge South Africa also demonstrates active concern for the conservation of the country's wildlife heritage and is a major supporter of the world's first dedicated baby rhino orphanage in Limpopo Province.</p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>Additional information is available on the website at </em><a href="http://www.lafarge.co.za/" target="" title=""><em>www.lafarge.co.za</em></a></p> <p>Chant&aacute;l Stewart</p> <p>Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com" target="" title="">Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Glasshouse Communication Management</p> <p>Bridget von Holdt</p> <p>011&nbsp;646 9992 / 0826100650</p> <p><a href="mailto:bridget@ghcm.co.za" target="" title="">bridget@ghcm.co.za</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:21:30 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1424701254049/PR#1192845130&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2015-01-19T14:21:30Z Omdev: World class projects require world class products http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1424701234119/PR#1560701528&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>A South African leader in the design and installation of modern Commercial and Residential Interiors, OmDev Interiors offers fast, efficient and cost effective solutions in creating Internal Walls, Bulkheads, Suspended Ceilings and Flush Plastered Ceilings.</p><p>According to Rajesh Bhula, Managing Director of OmDev Interiors, interior design is art. "For OmDev, making any interior look good is a passion. In our years of operation, we have completed countless modern commercial and residential projects, from the entirely practical to the very elegant."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Bhula says Lafarge Gypsum's Steel Brandering, Galvanised Angles, Plasterboards and Skim Lite are among the products OmDev uses regularly for the high standards expected by clients. "These are the best ceiling products for our particular bulkhead designs," he says, adding that the Lafarge Gypsum Standard Plasterboard range of 6.4mm, 12mm and 15mm comply with SANS 204 energy efficiency standards, enables Designers and Architects to enhance their "green" offering.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge South Africa is the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, the world leader in building materials and for many years an industry leader in sustainable development.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Officially listed on the eco-specifier, the leading global source of sustainable development and life-cycled assessed green product information, Lafarge Gypsum's Plasterboard is produced in a number of standard lengths, widths and thicknesses; as well as a variety of characteristics, depending on the intended use of the board.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Jean-Paul Croze, Managing Director of Lafarge Gypsum South Africa says: "In line with the Lafarge Group's ambition, our commitment to Building better cities with our innovative products, solutions and services includes Lafarge Plasterboard meeting critical technical specifications while ensuring design flexibility. Besides raising the environmental-friendliness of interior designers' and architects' work, the Lafarge Gypsum's Plasterboard range also includes fire-rated and moisture-resistant products."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>OmDev finds Lafarge Gypsum's drywall partitioning the ideal solution for Commercial and Industrial environments that must be completed quickly and economically, with minimal disruption to day-to-day business processes. "Drywall partitioning is lightweight and allows for greater speed of construction, lower cost and easier transportation to site than traditional masonry products," Bhula says.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity. According to Croze, Lafarge Gypsum spends a great deal of time and resources ensuring its products are in-line with the latest architectural and innovative design techniques. Lafarge Gypsum prides themselves in the building of better cities with world-class properties that raise safety and comfort levels in every building. ". Every client is important to us as their work ultimately houses our communities."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As Managing Director of OmDev, Bhula says he takes every opportunity to make sure all of OmDev's projects are running smoothly, staying abreast of how his staff are doing and whether his clients are satisfied with the products and workmanship. "In this regard, Lafarge Gypsum is an excellent company to work with, their aftercare service surpasses what other players in the industry offer."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>-Ends-</p> <p><strong>Note to Editor</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As a world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of &euro;15.2 billion in 2013. As a top-ranking player in Cement, Aggregates and Concrete, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, readymixed concrete, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better cities, rural towns and villages.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge South Africa also demonstrates active concern for the conservation of the country's wildlife heritage and is a major supporter of the world's first dedicated baby rhino orphanage in Limpopo Province.</p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Additional information is available on the website at </em><a href="http://www.lafarge.co.za/" target="" title=""><em>www.lafarge.co.za</em></a></p> <p><strong>For further information, please contact:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Chant&aacute;l Stewart</p> <p>Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com" target="" title="">Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Glasshouse Communication Management</p> <p>Bridget von Holdt</p> <p>011&nbsp;646 9992 / 0826100650</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="mailto:bridget@ghcm.co.za" target="" title="">bridget@ghcm.co.za</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 14:20:48 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1424701234119/PR#1560701528&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-12-04T14:20:48Z A3,Lafarge Gypsum bring form and function to Life Parklands Hospital http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1424701033457/PR#303847291&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>In line with the Lafarge Group's commitment to innovation and Building Better Cities, Lafarge Gypsum South Africa offers a wide range of Plasterboard and Ceiling Solutions, working closely with built environment professionals to put together custom interior solutions that deliver thermal, acoustic and fire rated requirements.</p><p>Justin Behrendt, Associate at A3 Architects in Johannesburg, highlight's A3's use of Lafarge Gypsum on a recent project that involved the transformation of the St Mary's Hospital to Life Springs Parklands.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"The project consisted of a new 2600m&sup2; consulting suite block designed to accommodate existing doctors from the adjacent houses and attract new doctors," says Behrendt. "We worked on a new maternity ward of 2400m&sup2; situated on the first floor of the new build with 2400m&sup2; ground floor comprising two overflow wards for Life Springs Parklands.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"The bulkhead detail in these areas was a new design by A3 and very different from traditional hospital design. The bulkhead has received great praise from Life Healthcare Head Office."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A3 incorporated Lafarge Gypsum Plasterboard for all Flush Plastered Ceilings and Bulkheads and 89mm thick Macklock Drywall system from Lafarge Gypsum for all the drywalling in the consulting suites.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With more than 45 healthcare projects undertaken by A3 in its 17 years of practise, the company is an architectural leader in this field. "We spend a lot of time consulting with business / hospital owners, specialists, administrators and staff before any planning gets underway on a project in order to create the best result for the client within a reasonable time frame and budget," Behrendt says.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"In a hospital environment, sound proofing and infection control are both very important. General drywall isn't usually used in a clinical area, but with Lafarge Gypsum's new product offerings we can now do so with peace of mind."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Jean-Paul Croze, Managing Director of Lafarge Gypsum South Africa, says: "The company is committed to Building Better Cities and answering the call for innovative solutions that provide flexibility without compromising the environment. This is particularly pertinent with buildings like hospitals and care facilities, which require huge sensitivity to patients and medical practitioners."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge Gypsum has SANS 266 certification of its successful Gypsum Plasterboard range, which means Architects and Designers are using products that have been rigorously tested by an independent SANS-accredited body. "Lafarge Gypsum's commitment to quality means this compliance is backed by a 10-year service warranty," Croze says. "For many years an industry player in sustainable development, Lafarge is environmentally sensitive and focused on providing products that are safe for the environment and communities."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Behrendt says the Lafarge Gypsum product range is comprehensive the company offers excellent service. "This makes it possible for us to bring inventiveness and functionality together in buildings that have to work efficiently around the clock."</p> <p>ends</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Note to Editor</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As a world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of &euro;15.2 billion in 2013. As a top-ranking player in Cement, Aggregates and Concrete, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, readymixed concrete, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better cities, rural towns and villages.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge South Africa also demonstrates active concern for the conservation of the country's wildlife heritage and is a major supporter of the world's first dedicated baby rhino orphanage in Limpopo Province.</p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Additional information is available on the website at </em><a href="http://www.lafarge.co.za/" target="" title=""><em>www.lafarge.co.za</em></a></p> <p><strong>For further information, please contact:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Chant&aacute;l Stewart</p> <p>Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com" target="" title="">Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Glasshouse Communication Management</p> <p>Bridget von Holdt</p> <p>011&nbsp;646 9992 / 0826100650</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="mailto:bridget@ghcm.co.za" target="" title="">bridget@ghcm.co.za</a> <a name="_GoBack"></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 14:17:13 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1424701033457/PR#303847291&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-12-04T14:17:13Z Lafarge,MND enterprises make 'life-changing' centre a reality http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1424700325948/PR#1845117833&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>When The Break-Through Centre - a facility in Katlehong, Gauteng that aims to ensure basic early learning education is accessible to all children - asked Lafarge to contribute towards its expansion, leading local contractor MND Enterprises brought its Light Steel Frame Building (LSFB) construction expertise to the project.</p><p>Mfundeni Mthembu, Director of Operations, MND Enterprises, says: "It gave us great pleasure and sense of fulfilment to have been part of a life-changing project to this underprivileged community and to work with Lafarge in delivering the highest possible standards in LSFB construction."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Mthembu says MND's use of the technology means it can deliver robust, high-performance buildings with speed and accuracy. "Lafarge Gypsum provided the Light Steel structure, external and internal cladding and various other components, and we used Lafarge Ready-Mix for the foundation. The benefits of LSFB technology include minimal waste and savings on logistics, when compared to the massive weight of delivering traditional materials to construction sites." He added that the speed of building using LSFB technology means an 80m2 house can be erected in just 15 days after the setting of the slab, which takes a minimum of seven days to cure.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge Gypsum's Managing Director Jean-Paul Croze says the additions to The Break-Through Centre included three new rooms, which will ensure children assisted at the Centre have a safe, warm environment in which to thrive. "As evidence of our commitment to Building better cities that are more durable and help sustain a healthy prosperous society for all our people, all Lafarge metal products are ecospecifier-listed and our steel frame technology complies with SANS 10400-XA as well as the additional requirements of SANS 204, a further enhancement of energy efficiency.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"In constructing the new rooms, MND Enterprises insulated the wall cavities to make the building quicker to warm up in winter or to cool down in summer; for both comfort inside the Centre and lower running costs," he says.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Mthembu adds: "Although challenges were experienced during construction of this particular project, both Lafarge and MND ensured that the building was completed to the highest standards possible.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"MND's experience in working with a number of products from various companies has proven that Lafarge products are among the best in the industry. As an emerging contractor, MND Enterprises is honoured to have been chosen as a preferred contractor by a reputable company like Lafarge to participate in this project."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Says Croze: "Lafarge believes that building better cities and better communities requires investing in projects like this to ensure the well-being of our future leaders - the children. Lafarge Gypsum's motto for 2014 is &lsquo;Restoring faith in Humanity', and this project enabled us to put that motto into action."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>note to editor</p> <p>As a world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of &euro;15.2 billion in 2013. As a top-ranking player in Cement, Aggregates and Concrete, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.&nbsp;</p> <p>In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, readymixed concrete, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better cities, rural towns and villages.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge South Africa also demonstrates active concern for the conservation of the country's wildlife heritage and is a major supporter of the world's first dedicated baby rhino orphanage in Limpopo Province.</p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>Additional information is available on the website at </em><a href="http://www.lafarge.co.za/" target="" title=""><em>www.lafarge.co.za</em></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>For further information, please contact:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Chant&aacute;l Stewart</p> <p>Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com" target="" title="">Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Glasshouse Communication Management</p> <p>Bridget von Holdt</p> <p>011&nbsp;646 9992 / 0826100650</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="mailto:bridget@ghcm.co.za" target="" title="">bridget@ghcm.co.za</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 14:06:22 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1424700325948/PR#1845117833&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-12-04T14:06:22Z Lafarge Wins Global Award http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1424700667027/PR#579410569&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>On the 28th of November 2014, Lafarge South Africa, the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, paid tribute to the company's six local winning teams as well as its global winning team in recognition of their excellent performance during the 2014 annual Global Lafarge Awards. The programme was designed to promote and transfer best practices and processes within the Lafarge Group.</p><p>Lafarge South Africa, won in the global &lsquo;Capital Allocation' category - its Moregrove Quarry's "Innovative fines management gives better returns" initiative, executed under team leader and Quarry Manager, Peter Willemse, was chosen as one of the six worldwide winners out of 170 top project submissions from 35 countries. Says Ken MacLean, Country CEO of Lafarge South Africa: "Winning this Global Award shows that commitment to the success of our company, through hard work and creative initiatives will be recognised at the highest level. It means we have the ability to compete against any other country in the world!"</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Moregrove Quarry's award-winning project addressed the problem of the high fines content of its stone that was limiting sales of Asphalt sand. After an investigation it was found that the quarry's air separator had the ability to remove much of the fine sand particles. The Asphalt sand's quality was improved and a profitable outlet for the recovered fines in the manufacture of bricks, blocks and other precast concrete products was determined.</p> <p>The project's benefits were numerous:</p> <ul> <li> Successful reduction in fines -0.075mm from 16% to 10%.</li> <li> The fines are separated and can be blended with another product (-4.75mm) to produce a blend which is in high demand from a brick and block precast producer.</li> <li> The improvement in fines quality was cost effective.</li> <li> Low maintenance solution.</li> </ul> <p>This proactive thinking resulted in R8 million revenue per year and an increase in Asphalt sand sales.</p> <p>The global winners were announced at a Lafarge Awards Group ceremony in October during the Lafarge Group's Country CEO meeting in Sitges, Spain. The judges of the award submissions praised the quality of this year's entries, saying they were high impact, results driven programmes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The six winners of the final global Lafarge Awards were:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Category: Capital Allocation - Winning Country: South Africa; Initiative: Innovative fines management gives better returns and has opened up a new business opportunity </li> <li>Category: Health &amp; Safety - Winning Country: Morocco; Initiative: Aimed to promote strong, committed H&amp;S leadership at all levels. Conducted programmes that promoted responsibility and accountability among managers in the field. Safety knowledge and risk analysis skills were enhanced. </li> <li>Category: Cash flows and EBITDA - Winning Country: France; Initiative: Facing a declining and increasingly competitive market, Lafarge France did a total review of its operation to reduce variable and fixed costs, while also steering cement price negotiations.</li> <li>Category: Managers' Leadership - Winning Country: India; Initiative: Implemented WAVE (Women Adding Value &amp; Excellence) to create a more inclusive workplace. A variety of programmes contributed to India achieving a higher maturity index and a greater sense of belonging among female employees.</li> </ul> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Special Sub-categories</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Category: Energy Consumption - Winning Country: United Arab Emirates; Initiative: Comparing poorly against competitors, the Fujairah cement plant implemented a power mastery plan and is on track for a 5% reduction in energy costs.</li> <li>Category: Inventories reduction - Winning Country: Serbia; Initiative: Aiming to reduce inventory levels by 20%, Serbia achieved a 31% reduction by tuning all material stocks to meet realistic sales forecasts.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The South African entries for the global final phase of the competition were:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Lafarge Lichtenburg H&amp;S Team</li> <li>Team Leader: Conrad van der Westhuizen; Initiative: Electronic Visible Felt Leadership (VFL) System enhances impact on safety; Category: Health and Safety</li> <li>Lafarge Readymix Projects</li> <li>Team leader: Dave Miles; Initiative: Electronic Proof of Delivery (EPOD) saves time and cost; Category: Cash flows and EBITDA</li> <li>Lafarge Moregrove Quarry</li> <li>Team Leader: Peter Willemse; Initiative: Innovative fines management gives better returns; Category: Capital Allocation</li> <li>Lafarge Aggregates Continuous Process Improvement</li> <li>Team leader: Peter Deering; Initiative: Introduction of best operating practices enhances production and cuts costs; Category: Managers' Leadership</li> </ul> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Special sub-categories</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Lafarge Ninians Quarry</li> <li>Team Leader: Stewart Chislett; Initiative: Proactive maintenance reduces energy costs; Category: Energy Consumption</li> <li>Lafarge Blue Rock Quarry</li> <li>Team leader: Andre van Heerden; Initiative: Unique Light Duty Vehicle loading scheme gives quicker stock turnover; Category: Inventories reduction</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Communications Manager of Lafarge South Africa, Chant&aacute;l Stewart, who was responsible for rolling out and managing the Lafarge Awards in South Africa, says: "The success of the global winners was shared and celebrated internationally and locally. The Awards are a valuable source of inspiration for new local initiatives and benchmarking our own projects against the rest of the Lafarge world."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity to help build better cities around the world: more beautiful cities that are better connected, have more housing, and are more compact and durable.&nbsp; These Global Awards honour and recognise the innovation of its employees who work so hard to meet the high standards set by Lafarge.</p> <p><strong>NOTES TO EDITORS</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>About Lafarge</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of &euro;15.2 billion in 2013. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.&nbsp;</p> <p>In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, readymixed concrete, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better cities, rural towns and villages.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge South Africa also demonstrates active concern for the conservation of the country's wildlife heritage and is a major supporter of the world's first dedicated baby rhino orphanage in Limpopo Province.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Additional information is available on the website at </em><a href="http://www.lafarge.co.za/" target="" title=""><em>www.lafarge.co.za</em></a></p> <p><strong>For further information, please contact:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Chant&aacute;l Stewart</p> <p>Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com" target="" title="">Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Glasshouse Communication Management</p> <p>Bridget von Holdt</p> <p>011&nbsp;646 9992 / 0826100650</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="mailto:bridget@ghcm.co.za" target="" title="">bridget@ghcm.co.za</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 14:11:47 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1424700667027/PR#579410569&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-12-03T14:11:47Z Carolina Hospital Treatment from Bharat Trikam http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1424699106408/PR#1883251739&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>Working with both local and international clients, Bharat Trikam Architects' commitment to client satisfaction is a vital part of the company's offering. According to Director and Senior Architect Bharat Trikam, using the right materials for every job starts at the concept stage.</p><p>The recent upgrade of Carolina Hospital in Mpumalanga, required BTA to use a product that would not only offer maximum flexibility, but also ensure hygiene, sound-proofing and fire-rating. "We therefore chose Lafarge Master Grid<sup>TM</sup> - Suspended Grid 600 x 600mm Ceiling Grid, used in conjunction with Lafarge Master Grid<sup>TM</sup> - Plaster Grid; the former because of its immediate impact on scale in an open space environment, the latter for seamless internal visual impact.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"This enables lighting to be projected onto the ceiling expressing the curved nature of the surface, thus further emphasising the need for seamless connectivity," says Trikam.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge Gypsum South Africa has designed its ceiling systems to be quick to install, practical and efficient at meeting sound, thermal and fire insulation standards. Jean-Paul Croze, Managing Director of Lafarge Gypsum South Africa, emphasises the company's continuation to innovate in order to meet stringent requirements. "Our ceiling solutions are ideal for curved or vaulted ceilings, with decorative cornices and access panels all available to the architects. Importantly, the range is not only eco-friendly; it is also SANS 266 certified, which guarantees our clients that the products are manufactured in a controlled environment to meet minimum requirements."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>According to Trikam, Lafarge Master Grid<sup>TM</sup> - Plaster Grid was extensively specified throughout the building: "This element is what the end-user will experience, so the specification and development is critical for visual impact. The specifier from Lafarge Gypsum, Clarence Kachipande worked with us to ensure all BTA needs were met."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For heightened safety, the SABS-tested Lafarge Master Grid<sup>TM</sup> has Fire Punch Out Holes that assist in retaining the integrity of the Main Tee by allowing for the expansion in the event of a fire, thereby preventing the ceiling panels from falling from the Grid System. "It is this type of innovation that enables Lafarge to build better cities with every project. It is reassuring to know that the specifications at Carolina Hospital are home to expert design and world-class products," says Trikam.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"We at BTA want to be the benchmark by which all companies in the field of architecture are measured, thereby continuing the tradition of design innovation and customer focus that has made us one of the most innovative architectural firms in South Africa. Lafarge Gypsum enables us to do that and consistently deliver quality and expertise to our clients."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>-Ends-</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>note to editor</p> <p>As a world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of &euro;15.2 billion in 2013. As a top-ranking player in Cement, Aggregates and Concrete, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.&nbsp;</p> <p>In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, readymixed concrete, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better cities, rural towns and villages.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge South Africa also demonstrates active concern for the conservation of the country's wildlife heritage and is a major supporter of the world's first dedicated baby rhino orphanage in Limpopo Province.</p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>Additional information is available on the website at </em><a href="http://www.lafarge.co.za/" target="" title=""><em>www.lafarge.co.za</em></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>For further information, please contact:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Chant&aacute;l Stewart</p> <p>Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com" target="" title="">Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Glasshouse Communication Management</p> <p>Bridget von Holdt</p> <p>011&nbsp;646 9992 / 0826100650</p> <p><a href="mailto:bridget@ghcm.co.za" target="" title="">bridget@ghcm.co.za</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 13:45:28 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1424699106408/PR#1883251739&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-12-02T13:45:28Z Speed, Simplicity, Trust – the Lafarge Supplier Day http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1424698336103/PR#953802012&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>With the expressive theme of &lsquo;Speed, Simplicity, Trust', Lafarge South Africa held its 6th annual National Supplier Day function on 20 November at the upmarket Scarlet Ribbon conference venue in Stoneridge Shopping Centre, Johannesburg.</p><p>Welcoming the large gathering of suppliers' representatives, the company's Country CEO, Ken MacLean said: "Suppliers play a vital role in our operations by delivering value in terms of innovation and cost competitiveness. We are committed to building mutually beneficial long-term relationships with our approved suppliers. To this end, our supply base will be subject to more visibility and exceptional performances will continue to be rewarded."</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Lafarge South Africa has been a pioneer of the concept of creating a sense of community amongst its most strategic suppliers, rewarding excellence and promoting an ethos of continual service improvement within its supply base. From small beginnings in 2008, Supplier Day has grown into a significant date on suppliers' calendars, as evidenced by the impressive attendance at this year's event: over 75 supplier representatives attended.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>"Although the format has evolved in both scope and magnitude, the purpose has not deviated from our original vision," said Alan Scott, Lafarge South Africa's Country Procurement Manager. "The results have been encouraging: the aggregate overall performance of the participants has recorded a 17 per cent improvement since the inception of the Supplier Performance Programme. Testimony to the success of the Programme lies in the way that suppliers have come on-board, taken ownership and driven their performance towards the mutually agreed targets that we set each year."</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Particularly notable in the Awards ceremony were some of the familiar names that appeared on the podium, recognising their ability to sustain their commitment to excellence. The winners were:</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Supplier of the Yeear:&nbsp;Afripack</p> <p>Most Improved Supplier: &nbsp;Barloworld Handling</p> <p>Effective Cost Control:&nbsp;Chryso&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Customer Service Performance:&nbsp;Ingulube</p> <p>Leadership &amp; Growth:&nbsp;Afripack</p> <p>Business&nbsp;Compatibility:&nbsp;LE&amp;GE</p> <p>Safety Leader Award for On-Site Contractors:&nbsp;Cruz Rigging cc</p> <p>Safety Leader Award for Transporters:&nbsp;&nbsp;Elf Trans</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>"I would especially like to compliment <a name="_GoBack"></a>Afripack for their consistent top ranking performance over the years," added Scott. "And to all the other award winners ‒ well done! They represent hard-earned achievements."</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Lafarge South Africa is the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, a world leader in building materials. Throughout the world, being a Lafarge supplier is not only about providing goods and services, it means being a partner and contributor to its business and operations. Lafarge expects suppliers to bring</p> <p>the best of their innovation capacity and operational excellence to contribute to the Group's cost reduction programmes and develop new products, which give Lafarge a competitive edge.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>EDITORS NOTES</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Lafarge</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of &euro;15.2 billion in 2013. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.&nbsp;</p> <p>In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, readymixed concrete, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better cities, rural towns and villages.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge South Africa also demonstrates active concern for the conservation of the country's wildlife heritage and is a major supporter of the world's first dedicated baby rhino orphanage in Limpopo Province.</p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>Additional information is available on the website at </em><a href="http://www.lafarge.co.za/" target="" title=""><em>www.lafarge.co.za</em></a></p> <p><strong>For further information, please contact:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Chant&aacute;l Stewart</p> <p>Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com" target="" title="">Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Glasshouse Communication Management</p> <p>Bridget von Holdt</p> <p>011&nbsp;646 9992 / 0826100650</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="mailto:bridget@ghcm.co.za" target="" title="">bridget@ghcm.co.za</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:32:00 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1424698336103/PR#953802012&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-11-20T13:32:00Z Lafarge solutions for the landmark Auto &amp; General Park http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1424681281179/PR#506766586&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>As the extensive upgrade of the William Nicol highway, north of Fourways in Johannesburg takes shape, the superb siting of Auto &amp; General Park can be fully appreciated. In full view of the highway, the dramatic porte-coch&egrave;re of this new building reaches out to the Helderfontein Spruit. The striking yet eco-friendly development is home to Telesure Investment Holdings, part of an international financial services group that houses leading insurance brands in South Africa, including Auto &amp; General Insurance, 1st for Women Insurance, Dial Direct Insurance, Budget Insurance and direct life insurance provider ILife, which were previously in six dispersed separate buildings throughout Gauteng.&nbsp;</p><p>Main contractor for this prestige project was Aveng Grinaker-LTA, while Lafarge South Africa, the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, a world leader in building materials, was the cement supplier for this landmark development. Reflecting the huge trend to urbanisation taking place throughout the world, the Group recently repositioned its global Lafarge brand and adopted the new brand baseline <em>&lsquo;Building better cities'. </em>It embodies Lafarge's vision to contribute solutions for building cities that are more beautiful, more durable, better connected and are more desirable, sustainable living environments for all people.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"For the construction of Auto &amp; General Park we supplied 5&nbsp;100 tons of our versatile premium technical cement, Powercrete Plus CEM II 42,5R," says Lafarge South Africa's, Mike Fisher, Infrastructure Road &amp; Rail Development Manager. "We are also supplying our specialised cementitious binder, RoadCem CEM II 32,5N, for soil stabilisation on the nearby major upgrade of the William Nicol Highway."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge takes pride in carrying out customer needs analyses to enable it to offer better value, high quality building solutions based on its wide range of innovative products and services. Powercrete Plus was the preferred cement solution for this project, both for its all-round high performance and for its lower carbon footprint. Its unique formulation also allowed it to be enhanced further with classified fly ash from Ash Resources in the on-site batch plant to provide cost-effective, customised concrete mixes to meet the various structural requirements. The innovative Lafarge fly ash formulation also contributed to achieving quality finishes, which was a significant factor in the extensive use of architectural off-shutter concrete features in the building.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The 24&nbsp;000 m&sup2; building comprises four separate double storey office blocks sharing superb facilities and landscaping. Arranged to follow the steep natural contours of the site, the blocks are aligned so that the major fa&ccedil;ades have north and south orientations to take optimal advantage of natural lighting and thermal benefits. The riverside blocks are two storeys below the northern two, maximising the views for the occupants across the Spruit and contributing to the prime exposure to the William Nicol highway.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The design of Auto &amp; General Park was developed from the beginning with input from an environmental consultant and the City of Johannesburg's Environmental Management Department. In particular, this ensured that the positioning of the structure on the site incorporated a suitable buffer zone between it and the determined wetland delineation line. The structure itself incorporates fundamental energy and water conservation principles in the form of insulated concrete roofs, rainwater harvesting, double glazing on the &lsquo;cold' southern fa&ccedil;ades, and sophisticated air conditioning controlled by a computerised Building Management System to maximise fresh air and comfort for the building's occupants, while optimising energy consumption.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>When the Auto &amp; General Park project decided to upgrade one of the major floor slabs, Lafarge South Africa was able to contribute to the solution by providing 155 m&sup3; of its unique high performance self-consolidating concrete, Agilia<sup><sup>TM</sup></sup>. Readily achieving a compressive strength of 50 MPa, the product's high fluidity allows it to completely fill all spaces in formwork while remaining homogeneous. A key challenge to thickening and strengthening the existing slab was the restricted access, which was overcome by pumping Agilia<sup><sup>TM</sup></sup> into holes drilled through the slab.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"Lafarge's products provided the assurance of high quality and gave us good results," commented Aveng's Contract Manager, Mario Lopes. "The company's delivery service was extremely reliable - we were never kept waiting for cement, which was important when carrying out some of the large pours on this project. Also, Lafarge was always available to provide help whenever we needed it."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<em>ENDS</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>NOTES TO EDITORS</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Lafarge</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of &euro;15.2 billion in 2013. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, readymixed concrete, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better cities, rural towns and villages.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge South Africa also demonstrates active concern for the conservation of the country's wildlife heritage and is a major supporter of the world's first dedicated baby rhino orphanage in Limpopo Province.</p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>Additional information is available on the website at </em><a href="http://www.lafarge.co.za/" target="" title=""><em>www.lafarge.co.za</em></a></p> <p><strong>For further information, please contact:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Chant&aacute;l Stewart</p> <p>Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com" target="" title="">Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Glasshouse Communication Management</p> <p>Bridget von Holdt</p> <p>011&nbsp;646 9992 / 0826100650</p> <p><a href="mailto:bridget@ghcm.co.za" target="" title="">bridget@ghcm.co.za</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:48:45 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1424681281179/PR#506766586&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-10-30T08:48:45Z Lafarge SA’s wide range of product solutions. http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1424697359409/PR#1927422719&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>Lafarge South Africa: focused on their customers - innovative with their solutions</p> <p>Customers in the local construction industry, whether contractors, architects, developers or retailers, associate the Lafarge name with reliable, quality solutions for their building material needs. Offering the widest range of designed-for-purpose products and delivering genuine customer-focused service are Lafarge South Africa's key ingredients for success in today's highly competitive market.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The company is the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, a world leader in building materials, with unparalleled technical strength and capacity for innovation that has been proven in 62 countries around the globe. Lafarge South Africa has a strong position in all its local businesses of cement, aggregates, readymix concrete and gypsum plasterboard. In line with the Group's brand baseline of <em>Building better cities, </em>the company's ambition is to contribute solutions for constructing better cities that are more durable, more beautiful and help sustain a healthy prosperous society for all our people.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Some of the products that illustrate the market-leading spread of solutions available from Lafarge South Africa include:</p><p><strong>Readymix concrete solutions&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p> <p><strong>Artevia</strong><strong><sup>TM</sup> decorative concretes</strong>:</p> <p>The Lafarge Artevia<sup>TM</sup> range has opened a window on a new world of decorative concrete. Offering a wide choice of colours, textures and patterns in durable, minimal maintenance concrete, Artevia<sup>TM</sup> imparts originality to the inside and outside of homes, and the means to express the homeowner's personality.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Artevia<sup>TM</sup> Polish is the solution for achieving silky smooth marble-like finishes. Artevia<sup>TM</sup> Colour with its integral pigments is a durable structural concrete to beautify high traffic areas. The appeal of natural stone textures is provided with Artevia<sup>TM</sup> Stone, while the exposed aggregates in Artevia<sup>TM</sup> Exposed make an attractive, non-slip driveway.</p> <p><strong>Agilia<sup>&reg;</sup> range of self-compacting concretes</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>One of Lafarge's ground-breaking products, Agilia<sup>&reg;</sup>, is a self-compacting concrete designed to flow under its own weight without the need for vibration. The product's exceptional fluidity enables it to fill all corners and areas in formwork or moulds effortlessly, and produces excellent architectural finishes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Hydromedia<sup><sup>TM</sup></sup> permeable concrete</strong></p> <p>Another Lafarge technical breakthrough has demonstrated that practicality can go hand in hand with beauty. Hydromedia<sup><sup>TM</sup> </sup>is an innovative porous concrete that provides rapid drainage of stormwater for a wide variety of uses such as driveways, pathways and swimming pool surrounds. The strength and light weight of Hydromedia<sup><sup>TM</sup></sup> also make it an ideal solution for concrete &lsquo;green' roof systems.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Cement solutions</strong></p> <p>Lafarge South Africa was the first local cement manufacturer to offer a complete range of extended, more environmentally-friendly cements throughout all strength classes. Whatever the size or technical challenges of a project, the company is able to provide a suitable product solution with experienced technical backup.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Buildcrete and DuraBuild</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The general purpose Lafarge South Africa CEM IV cements, Buildcrete 42,5N and DuraBuild 32,5N, have more than 40% clinker replacement using the company's innovative fly ash extension formulation. Durabuild is designed for mortar, plaster and light concrete work, with the emphasis on affordability. The Buildcrete name is long-established in the local construction industry as the premium quality general purpose cement. The high performance and early strength gain of Buildcrete enables builders to standardise on its use for a wide range of applications.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Powercrete Plus </strong></p> <p>Powercrete Plus CEM II 42,5R, a premium technical extended cement, is widely used in the readymix and construction sectors. The special formulation of Powercrete Plus<strong> </strong>gives it the capability of being extended further on site with additional fly ash or slag, to meet different concrete design requirements for strength, durability and workability.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Aggregates solutions</strong></p> <p>Lafarge South Africa operates twenty quarries strategically located throughout the country to service all sectors of the local construction industry. Its quarry materials fall broadly into three categories: road materials, concrete materials, and specialised materials.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Specialty products and services include quality testing and bagged premixed products such as Builders blend concrete mix and specially graded stone sizes made on demand.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Plasterboard and interior fitting solutions</strong></p> <p>Lafarge Gypsum manufactures and markets innovative gypsum-based building solutions and related systems for constructing, finishing or decorating interior walls and ceilings in residential, commercial and institutional construction projects.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It is the first company in South Africa to carry the SANS 266 SABS Mark for all of its plasterboard, providing customers with the assurance of consistent quality.</p> <p><em><br /></em></p> <p><em>&nbsp; ENDS</em></p> <p><em><br /></em></p> <p>NOTES TO EDITORS</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Lafarge</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of &euro;15.2 billion in 2013. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, readymixed concrete, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better cities, rural towns and villages.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge South Africa also demonstrates active concern for the conservation of the country's wildlife heritage and is a major supporter of the world's first dedicated baby rhino orphanage in Limpopo Province.</p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>Additional information is available on the website at </em><a href="http://www.lafarge.co.za/" target="" title=""><em>www.lafarge.co.za</em></a></p> <p><strong>For further information, please contact:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Chant&aacute;l Stewart</p> <p>Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com" target="" title="">Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Glasshouse Communication Management</p> <p>Bridget von Holdt</p> <p>011&nbsp;646 9992 / 0826100650</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="mailto:bridget@ghcm.co.za" target="" title="">bridget@ghcm.co.za</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:16:04 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1424697359409/PR#1927422719&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-10-20T12:16:04Z Lafarge supports visually impaired http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1424681264736/PR#1946828588&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>Since 2011, the Lafarge Community Trust has supported the Annual International White Cane Campaign to help aid awareness about visual impairment. The Trust is a staunch supporter of Eye Care Month held annually during October and is aimed at creating national awareness around the importance of eye health. To date the Trust has also donated 500 canes to individuals, schools and visually impaired self-help groups to improve mobility.</p><p>The annual Lafarge South Africa White Cane Fun Walk which took place on the 15<sup>th</sup> of October, exposed blindfolded participants to the difficulties of visual impairment and worse - blindness. The staff completed a 1km walk around the company's headquarters to pay tribute to the blind and partially sighted.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This year children (age 6-12) of Lafarge employees were invited to share their understanding of visual impairment through a competition where children drew a picture that depicted their understanding of visual impairment, while learners (age 13-19) shared a poem. Winners received their prizes on the day of the fun walk.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Being visually impaired brings a lot of challenges, especially to learners. Blind and partially-sighted students have to work harder than their able-bodied counterparts to achieve good results. The Lafarge Community Trust in partnership with the South African National Council for the Blind (SANCB) supported the first ever Matric Winter School for the visually impaired and have helped to improve matric results and positive competition between learners.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Through this worthy initiative<em> </em>members of the Trust were exposed to the plight of visually impaired learners and found ways to support them. "The challenges that the Trust uncovered were that visually impaired learners face limited opportunities and poor career prospects, a lack of learner material and a shortage of Braille literate educators. This results in more problems such as delays in converting exam question papers into Braille and the difficulty of marking papers for visually impaired matriculates," explained Mpogeng Nkgadima, Programme Manager at Lafarge Trusts.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"The value of the Lafarge programmes was realised by one staff member when her mother lost her sight due to Sugar Diabetes. The staff member was well equipped to deal with the situation through the exposure that she received through the Lafarge Trust's campaigns. She was able to establish support networks and she currently volunteers at a centre for the visually impaired," said Nkgadima.</p> <p>In addition the SANCB partners with the Lafarge Community Trust to conduct eye screening for over 800 learners in Bodibe Schools, Mokokana and Makgwe Primary schools. This is just one example of the Trust's support of the whole school development project which Lafarge Education Trust started in 2008 and continues to implement.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"These experiences, observations and presentations have led to individuals within Lafarge South Africa changing the way they view visually impaired people and to garner a much better understanding of this disability while also gaining valuable insight on how to deal with visual impairment," concluded Nkgadima.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ends</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>NOTES TO EDITORS</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Lafarge</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of &euro;15.2 billion in 2013. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, readymixed concrete, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better cities, rural towns and villages.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge South Africa also demonstrates active concern for the conservation of the country's wildlife heritage and is a major supporter of the world's first dedicated baby rhino orphanage in Limpopo Province.</p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>Additional information is available on the website at </em><a href="http://www.lafarge.co.za/" target="" title=""><em>www.lafarge.co.za</em></a></p> <p><strong>For further information, please contact:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Chant&aacute;l Stewart</p> <p>Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com" target="" title="">Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Glasshouse Communication Management</p> <p>Bridget von Holdt</p> <p>011&nbsp;646 9992 / 0826100650</p> <p><a href="mailto:bridget@ghcm.co.za" target="" title="">bridget@ghcm.co.za</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:47:18 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.co.za/wps/portal/za/7_2-LatestNews_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_za/Site_za/AllPR/PressRelease_1424681264736/PR#1946828588&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-10-15T07:47:18Z