: Lafarge http://www.lafarge.co.za Lafarge, building better cities. @: Lafarge 2014 @: Lafarge 2014 : Lafarge /wps/themes/html/CommonFiles_za/img/logo_lafarge_en_int.gif /wps/portal/za : Lafarge Lafarge pledges ongoing support for baby rhino project 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_1376926292193/PR_Header#1105916918&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p><em>Further to last year's donation of R100 000, Lafarge South Africa has pledged ongoing support for the world's first dedicated baby rhino orphanage created at the Legend Golf &amp; Safari Resort in Limpopo Province.</em></p><p>The centre is caring for baby rhinos that have been injured and are parentless as a result of South Africa's devastating poaching epidemic.</p> <p>Lafarge, the world leader in cement, has for many years also been an industry leader in sustainable development. In 2000, Lafarge was the first industrial group to enter into a worldwide &lsquo;Conservation Partnership' with the environmental protection organisation, WWF International. In addition to its policy of actively supporting the development of communities around its operating sites, the Group has a wide ranging sustainability programme that involves projects in 64 countries around the world to reduce the environmental footprint of the company's manufacturing processes and products, as well as biodiversity conservation programmes at its quarries.</p> <p>"As a caring company, we cannot stand by and do nothing as years of successful conservation in South Africa are systematically and brutally destroyed." says Lafarge's National Sales &amp; Marketing Manager - Cement, Maria Sazeides. "In 2007 there were 13 rhinos lost to poaching. Between 2010 and 2012, the number has escalated dramatically to a staggering 1454 and, in January this year, there have already been more than 32 losses. We admire the commitment of the Centre's Director Arrie van Deventer and his team, in building this orphanage to mitigate the impact of poaching on the rhino population."</p> <p>Guiding the team and working with them is the internationally renowned rhino rearing and rehabilitation expert Karen Trendler of the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) Rhino Response Project. "While we hope that poaching will be brought under control, hope was not enough. There was a need for decisive action," comments Karen. "A third of the rhinos that are being slaughtered are either pregnant cows or mothers with calves. We felt that providing a specialised care centre to heal and nurture the orphans would be an effective intervention. Thanks to generous donations from Lafarge and other organisations, we are putting together the basics required for a suitable facility. This ranges from shelters and expensive security fencing, to simple basics such as tables, chairs and shelving, to the high running cost necessities such as medicines and vast volumes of milk."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br />These marvellous animals need nursing and love as youngsters to the extent that Karen often becomes a surrogate mum. However, their eventual rehabilitation will rely on effective security and minimum exposure to humans. One of the centre's first orphans, Ntombi, was rescued by the swift response of the EWT Rhino Response network. She had suffered terrible injuries at the hands of poachers, and Karen is delighted to report that Ntombi is responding well to the care and attention of the orphanage team. <br />"South Africa is home to over ninety per cent of the planet's population of rhinos," adds Maria Sazeides. "Lafarge is proud to be playing a meaningful role in helping to preserve our unique heritage." <br /> <br /> ENDS</p> <p>About Lafarge<br />Located in 64 countries with 65 000 employees, Lafarge is the world-leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses. In 2012, the Group posted sales of 15,8 billion Euros. <br />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. Since 2010, the Lafarge Group has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the first global sustainability benchmark, in recognition of its sustainable development actions. <br />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 rural towns and villages. <br />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. The Group has for many years been a leader in sustainable development and was the first industrial group to enter into a worldwide &lsquo;Conservation Partnership' with the environmental protection organisation, WWF International.<br />Additional information is available on the website at www.lafarge.co.za</p> <p>For further information, please contact:</p> <p>Charlene Lamb<br />Country Communications Manager<br />Lafarge South Africa<br />011-657-1265<br />Charlene.lamb@lafarge-za.lafarge.com</p> <p>Issued by: <br />Bridget von Holdt<br />Inzalo Communication<br />Tel: 011 646-9992 / 082 610-0650<br />bridget@inzalo.com</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 15:31:45 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_1376926292193/PR_Header#1105916918&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2013-08-19T15:31:45Z LAFARGE SOLUTIONS FOR SUSTAINABILITY 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_1376926595005/PR_Header#49734724&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p><em>Lafarge South Africa was the first cement company to introduce a complete range of lower carbon products some years ago and still is the only one to offer its customers this choice of cements.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>LAFARGE SOLUTIONS FOR SUSTAINABILITY</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge South Africa was the first cement company to introduce a complete range of lower carbon products some years ago and still is the only one to offer its customers this choice of cements. The success of the products comes from innovative formulations that combine a wide range of performance advantages with the environmental benefits of replacing some cement clinker with siliceous fly ash, a quality cementitious extender. Whereas the manufacture of cement clinker involves high emissions of &lsquo;greenhouse' gases, especially carbon dioxide (CO2), fly ash is a processed by-product of coal-fired power stations and involves zero emissions.</p> <p>When discussing sustainable development in building materials, the question often asked is whether South Africa is lagging behind the rest of the West. In general, Europe and the USA may be ahead in its environmental and waste management legislation but we are way ahead of overseas markets in some areas. For example, Lafarge South Africa's range of fly ash extended products is very advanced and the company is advising on cement extension to Lafarge's global cement operations. <br /> <br />Lafarge South Africa, the local subsidiary of the international Lafarge Group, a world leader in building materials, benefits from the latest knowledge and best practices gained from the Group's operations in 64 countries throughout the world. The Group also has the world's largest building materials research and development centre in France, while its cement business has five major technical centres throughout the world (N. America, Austria, France, Egypt and Malaysia).</p> <p>This unparalleled technical network assists the local company in developing innovative products and solutions for the South African construction industry. This is helping to provide better housing and more durable cities that will create a sustainable, more attractive living environment for our people. To help in this endeavour, Lafarge works closely with architects, engineers, developers and contractors to continually find better construction methods and building materials.</p> <p>The well-known Buildcrete brand of general purpose cement illustrates Lafarge's focus on providing exceptional performance combined with environmentally-friendly properties. This CEM IV 32,5R cement produces 50% less emissions in its manufacture compared with a standard ordinary Portland cement. From the performance perspective, it also gives users the benefit of requiring significantly less cement than an average 32,5N general purpose cement to achieve a specific strength concrete mix. Buildcrete forms dense durable concrete that is suitable for water retaining structures and is also a Sulphate Resisting Cement.</p> <p>Lafarge has made the benefits of its unique CEM II 52,5N formulation available to smaller precasters, brick and block manufacturers, and DIY cement users in the form of the bagged product Fastcast. The environmentally-friendly product offers economy as less Fastcast is required per cubic metre of concrete than with lower strength class cements. The product can also save time and money as a result of the high rate of early strength development getting concrete jobs finished sooner and allowing quicker turnaround time of moulds and formwork.</p> <p>Lafarge has for many years been an industry leader in sustainable development and was the first industrial group to enter into a worldwide &lsquo;Conservation Partnership' with the environmental protection organisation, WWF International. The group has a wide-ranging sustainability programme that involves projects around the world to reduce the environmental footprint of the company's manufacturing processes and products, as well as biodiversity conservation programmes at its quarries. "In South Africa, we are deeply concerned about the destruction of our wonderful wildlife heritage by the impact of poaching on the rhino population," says Lafarge South Africa's Maria Sazeides, National Sales and Marketing Manager. "In addition to other support measures, we are donating part of the proceeds from every bag of Buildcrete sold to the Baby Rhino Orphanage at the Wildlife &amp; Cultural Centre in Limpopo."</p> <p><br />(620 words)</p> <p><br /> ENDS</p> <p>NOTES TO EDITORS</p> <p>About Lafarge<br />Located in 64 countries with 65 000 employees, Lafarge is the world-leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses. In 2012, the Group posted sales of 15,8 billion Euros.</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. Since 2010, the Lafarge Group has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the first global sustainability benchmark, in recognition of its sustainable development actions.</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 rural towns and villages.</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. The Group has for many years been a leader in sustainable development and was the first industrial group to enter into a worldwide &lsquo;Conservation Partnership' with the environmental protection organisation, WWF International.</p> <p>Additional information is available on the website at www.lafarge.co.za</p> <p>For further information, please contact:</p> <p>Charlene Lamb<br />Country Communications Manager<br />011 657 0000<br />Charlene.Lamb@lafarge-za.lafarge.com</p> <p>Inzalo Communication<br />Bridget von Holdt<br />011 646 9992 / 0826100650<br />bridget@inzalo.com</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:36:12 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_1376926595005/PR_Header#49734724&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2013-07-01T15:36:12Z Supporting the Class of 2011 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_1326789271545/PR_Header#444268611&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p><em>Lafarge Education Trust makes it possible for a rural school to soar to new heights with brilliant matric pass rate.</em></p><p>With the recent matric results making the news, it is with great pride that Tau Rapulana School in Itsoseng, North West, learnt that their Matric pass rate came in at a high-achieving 96.29%, which is a huge increase on the school's 2008 pass rate of 39% prior to their participation in the Bodibe Whole School Development Project.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This achievement is largely due to Lafarge Education Trust and Adopt-a-School Foundation that have provided support to Tau Rapulana, ensuring that the learners at this rural school receive a good education from quality teachers and teaching aides. &nbsp;To date, the school benefited from a new library, science laboratory and various educator and learners skills development interventions.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>However, it also takes a great leader to help build and maintain high standards in a school and in this case the credit goes to Principal Herman Madimabe who takes his role in educating the youth of South Africa very seriously. "I would like to extend my thanks to the governing body at our school, the staff (school management team and educators), as well as the hard work and dedication of our learners to achieving such good results. I feel honoured to be a part of this," he comments.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Embracing the Whole School Development concept, learners at Tau Rapulana won the 2011 Bodibe Soccer League championship for both girls and boys teams.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Principal Madimabe's commitment to improving education has also earned him an invitation from the Ambassador of the United States to participate in the United States Government's International Visitor Leadership Program, which is an exchange programme between South Africa and America that was offered to him through Wits University after he attended the Executive Leadership course, sponsored by the Lafarge Education Trust.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Thanks to a grant covering all travel, accommodation and food provided to him by the US Government, Mr. Madimabe set off for Washington, D.C. on 6 January 2012 to begin working on this comprehensive exchange programme of which he'll be partaking in the Single Country Project focusing on "Promoting Leadership and Management in Basic Education", from 9 to 27 January 2012.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"I want to thank Lafarge Education Trust and Adopt-a-School Foundation for their support and for exposing me to the Executive Leadership Programme at Wits. Right now this is the fruit of their support," he states. &nbsp;</p> <p>The exchange will offer the principal insight into the American society and educational system as he will be given the opportunity to visit like-minded people in his profession and enjoy not only learning about the "American way" but also sharing information about South Africa. "I am very excited as I feel as I am going on an adventure where I don't know what to expect on the other side," says PrincipaI Madimabe and adds, "I intend to enlighten them about our education system and the challenges we face in a rural school and how we overcome these challenges."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge is extremely proud of Mr. Madimabe and his school's achievements and wishes him a knowledgeable and learned experience during his time in the States, as well as a 2012 pass rate that soars all the way to 100%.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">Ends</p><img src="/wps/wcm/connect/554bc78049d327dbaae6ff76f33d9d03/kids.jpg?MOD=AJPERES&amp;CACHEID=554bc78049d327dbaae6ff76f33d9d03" alt="" /> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 08:41:55 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_1326789271545/PR_Header#444268611&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2012-01-17T08:41:55Z GYPSUM SA: Lafarge Gypsum first to produce 15mm Plasterboard in South Africa 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_1320747549753/PR_Header#265587182&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>Lafarge Gypsum South Africa is the first plasterboard manufacturer locally to produce a 15mm plasterboard.</p><p><strong>The thicker plasterboard benefits customers by offering: </strong><br />&bull;Better acoustics properties;<br />&bull;More resistance to impact than a 12mm standard plasterboard; and<br />&bull;Better insulation properties.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The 15mm plasterboard was initially developed for a specialised retail application in Sandton which proved highly successful because of the distinguishing product features.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The thicker Lafarge Plasterboard is also used in Steel Frame Building applications and is suitable for use in environments where there is high traffic.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The strength of the board may be favourable for other segment specific reasons, especially shopping malls.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>These include: <br /></strong>&bull;The ability of the Lafarge Plasterboard to carry the weight of wall hangings/racks for merchandising, and<br />&bull;Resistance to damage when bumped in high traffic areas. The 15mm board will require less maintenance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge Gypsum South Africa recently announced the official listing of its Plasterboard on ecospecifier South Africa.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 10:22:28 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_1320747549753/PR_Header#265587182&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2011-11-08T10:22:28Z GYPSUM SA: Lafarge Plasterboard brings home ‘ecospecifier’ listing 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_1320744433268/PR_Header#121536896&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>Lafarge Gypsum South Africa is proud to announce the official listing of Lafarge Plasterboard on <em>ecospecifier</em> South Africa. The range of 6.4mm, 12mm and 15mm Lafarge Plasterboards have been labeled &lsquo;green', in addition to Lafarge's technical fire-check and moisture-check boards.</p><p>This development is of great importance to the building fraternity who are under pressure to specify &lsquo;green' plasterboards for their building projects under the new SANS 204 energy efficiency standard.</p> <p>According to Jean-Paul Croze, Managing Director of Lafarge Gypsum South Africa, the key focus for the company is to create a sustainable environmental footprint through products profiled for the future using the most advanced technology.<br /> <br />"We want to provide solutions as close to specification requirements as possible to allow architects and interior designers the flexibility to adapt design concepts without compromising the environment."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>ecospecifier</em> is the leading global source of sustainable development and life-cycled assessed green product information with a growing base of more than 1300 eco-products, eco-materials, technologies and resources. Its website enables building professionals, architects, designers and specifiers - as well as homeowners - to shortcut their eco and healthy materials search via a single-source process.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The objective of <em>ecospecifier</em> is to provide a third party, independent and unbiased assessment using known South African and international standards, independent test data, research and expert opinion. <br />When a product is evaluated, it must exhibit one or more eco and health preferable characteristics compared to other products in its category.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Gypsum is the core material of Lafarge Plasterboard which also uses much less energy in the building process than some more traditional brick and mortar construction methods. It is fully recyclable and can be crushed to produce new plasterboard.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Fifty percent of Gypsum is sourced from recycled by-products and the resource can be used as an additive to restore soil quality and balance for agricultural application.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Jean-Paul says Lafarge has developed the quality of its plasterboards to a level where they can offer a superior product that is much lighter than the product of their competitors. "This puts our products ahead in terms of environmental and sustainable development, using less raw material and energy to produce our products, and less fuel to transport products because we can fit more square metres on a truck."</p><img src="http://www.lafarge.co.za/wps/wcm/connect/a0665e8048fc650aa85cecf6ff0f25b4/ES.jpg?MOD=AJPERES&amp;CACHEID=a0665e8048fc650aa85cecf6ff0f25b4" alt="" /><br /><a href="/ecospecifier_certificate.pdf"> VIEW CERTIFICATE</a> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 09:34:22 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_1320744433268/PR_Header#121536896&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2011-11-08T09:34:22Z GYPSUM SA: Lafarge commitment to sustainability extended to transportation 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_1320742271577/PR_Header#466500926&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>The Lafarge Group entered the global Dow Jones Sustainability Index in 2010 in recognition of its sustainable development actions. The organization had a target of 20% reduction of CO2 per ton between 1990 and 2010 and surpassed this target by achieving a 21.7% reduction. The organization has now gone one step further in enhancing its sustainability initiatives by embarking on a massive CO2 reduction plan targeted around its distribution. An area to date that has seen little focus from general industry.</p><p>The plan implemented by Lafarge Gypsum South Africa in partnership with Don Bur, SA Truck Bodies and MAN Truck &amp; Bus, will set new boundaries for transportation specifications on the continent while supporting the environmental values of Lafarge and its bid to construct a legacy.<br /> <br /><strong>The new transportation specifications of Lafarge Gypsum works on innovation and technology in order to reduce the environmental impact of the business. Technical developments have embraced creativity to meet the business core objectives of:</strong></p> <p><strong><br /> </strong></p> <ul> <strong> <li><span style="font-weight: normal;">Introducing one of the safest vehicles operating on South African roads;</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: normal;">Designing a vehicle specification that would inherently reduce the companies carbon footprint;</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: normal;">Increasing payloads to enable fewer vehicle trips</span></li> </strong> </ul> <p><strong> </strong>Earlier this year, Jean-Paul Croze, Managing Director of Lafarge Gypsum South Africa, announced his intent to create a sustainable environmental inheritance in South Africa through the implementation of the most advanced technology available in the world. The new teardrop concept for Lafarge Gypsum's transportation trailers and rigid vehicles truly encapsulates the thought leadership behind this process.<br /> <strong><br />The new vehicle transportation specification for Lafarge Gypsum South Africa will become the benchmark for logistics right across Africa with the following constructive features:</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li>Proven technology in Europe, with a new commercial vehicle application (Super-link);</li> <li>It mimics the perfect aerodynamic lines of a natural teardrop;</li> <li>It reduces the Coefficient of Drag (CD Value);An 11.3% average fuel saving;</li> </ol> <div>Aerodynamics, rolling resistance, inertia and gravity, as well as drive line losses are the four major fuel-consuming culprits of transportation. While the teardrop concept of Lafarge mimics the perfect aerodynamic properties of a natural teardrop, its attention is on lowering turbulence and drag. The less drag results in lower fuel consumption.<br /> <br />Lafarge worldwide has set strict CO2 targets from materials to buildings. Bruno Lafont, Chairman and CEO of Lafarge commented: "Lafarge has made the reduction of its CO2 emissions a major objective."<br /> <br />It is therefore no longer a matter of reducing the CO2 emitted in the production of materials for Lafarge, but for every aspect of the business to develop solutions that will consume less energy.</div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong>Controlled trial results in Europe of Lafarge Teardrop trailers showed:</strong></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Fuel savings of 8.5%&bull; A negligible increase in capital cost</li> <li>No affect on residual values&nbsp;</li> <li>No reported operational issues&nbsp;</li> <li>Increased payload through reducing the vehicle tare weight by 1.5 tons</li> </ul> <div> <p style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px;"><strong>The second generation of Lafarge Teardrop trailers that followed were further advanced by:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Pillarless design;&nbsp;</li> <li>Further use of lighter materials which reduced the net tare weight by a further 1.2 tons;</li> <li>Buckleless curtains; and</li> <li>Side Skirts (a potential area for storage) and further fuel savings of 1.5%.</li> </ul> <p style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">From the learnings gained within Lafarge Europe the Teardrop concept is now being introduced into South Africa in three variations (Super-link, tri-axle articulated vehicle and a 15 ton Rigid).</p> <p style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">Formal trials are being conducted to quantify the fuel saving benefits but these are forecast to be around 9 to 13%.</p> <p style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">Payloads of allthree vehicle types will increase significantly and will set the benchmark for what is legally achievable on South African roads.</p> <p style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">Finally and most importantly Lafarge will also be fitting as standard a number of health and safety improvements to ensure a safe distribution environment some of which are yet again new to the South African marketplace.</p> </div><img src="/wps/wcm/connect/8870b88048fc5843a17cedf6ff0f25b4/Truck1.jpg?MOD=AJPERES&amp;CACHEID=8870b88048fc5843a17cedf6ff0f25b4" alt="" /> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 09:13:14 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_1320742271577/PR_Header#466500926&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2011-11-08T09:13:14Z New CEO and BU 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_1317015542025/PR_Header#476084775&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>Lafarge South Africa welcomes the appointment of Funani Mojono as CEO and Business Unit General Manager of the company's mining activities.</p><p>Mojono brings to the Aggregates Business Unit his notable experience in management and business transformation in the manufacturing sector.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Before joining Lafarge, Mojono was the General Manager at ArcelorMittal Coke and Chemicals. His interventions resulted in an R1bn profit for the company. He also helped to improve the company's steel recycling strategy and brought the Collect-a-Can programme to sustained profitability for the first time in 13 years.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"I am delighted to work for Lafarge in South Africa", says Mojono. "I will be focusing on a number of imperatives, including inculcating accountability for safety measures into the culture of the company; unlocking productivity at the company's plants to achieve cost reductions and grow capacity; strengthening customer focus and unlocking new markets; and meaningfully transforming the division's business unit. The Lafarge operation in South Africa has a longstanding, proud tradition of market leadership, technical innovation and customer service." He says it is his aim to employ the skills of the Lafarge Group to continue and build on that tradition.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Earlier in his career, Mojono worked on breakthrough projects at Sappi and Nampak, introducing efficiencies in waste management. He has also consulted on business transformation and strategy for Deloitte and Bentley West.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Mojono spent his childhood in Mamelodi and matriculated from Tlhakanang High School in former KwaNdebele and graduated with a BEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pretoria. Mojono completed a post-graduate Management Development Programme at Manchester Business School and an Executive Development Programme at Kellogg Management College (part of the Northwestern University in Chicago).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>NOTES TO EDITORS</em></strong><br /><em>Lafarge is the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates &amp; Concrete and Gypsum. With 76,000 employees in 78 countries, Lafarge posted sales of Euros 16.2 billion in 2010.<br />Lafarge was ranked 6th in the "Carbon Disclosure Project" and entered the global "Dow Jones Sustainability Index" in 2010 in recognition of its sustainable development actions. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity. </em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">ENDS</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information contact:</p> <p>Dawie Brand - Communication Manager</p> <p>011 657 1067</p><img src="/wps/wcm/connect/9c6d94004877ed4e9a88fa6effdf80f1/Funani_1_web.jpg?MOD=AJPERES&amp;CACHEID=9c6d94004877ed4e9a88fa6effdf80f1" alt="" /> Mon, 26 Sep 2011 06:18:30 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_1317015542025/PR_Header#476084775&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2011-09-26T06:18:30Z Service delivery wins Readymix the Mhlabatshane dam contract 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_1316442914431/PR_Header#1915071626&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>The vision of providing potable water to over 100&nbsp;000 people in scattered rural and peri-urban communities on the Lower South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal is close to reality.&nbsp;</p><p>After many years of careful planning and consultation with communities in the uMzumbe and Hibiscus Coast local municipalities, Umgeni Water is implementing a bulk water supply scheme.&nbsp; One of the key elements is the R85million Mhlabatshane Dam on the Mhlabatshane River, situated approximately 25km inland from Highflats.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The biggest challenge facing the project was the steep, single-lane access gravel road to the remote site, which made delivery of all construction materials extremely difficult and ruled out the use of a conventional concrete batch plant. The solution was provided by Lafarge Readymix. Their proposal to position a semi-mobile batch plant on site won Lafarge the concrete supply contract from the main contractor, Cyclone Construction.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;"We had the right equipment and experience to tackle the job," says Lafarge's Project Leader, Marco Sebastiano. "Using one of our semi-mobile batch plants, we were on site and ready to produce in no time at all<em>. </em>This versatile unit can supply an average of 450m&sup3;/day with a peak output of over 50m&sup3;/hour, which is coping readily with the current average project usage of around 200m&sup3;/day. To date, we have supplied 16&nbsp;000m&sup3; of concrete against the estimated total requirement of 30 000m&sup3;."&nbsp; Sebastiano handled the contract negotiations with the contractors and is continually in communication with Cyclone to ensure the smooth operation of the concrete supply contract. All raw materials are being sourced locally: pre-blended CEM III cement comes from NPC's Durban plant and the independently owned Port Shepstone Quarry is supplying 19mm stone.&nbsp; Contingency planning for the access road becoming impassable during periods of heavy rain included installing a 180ton capacity cement silo.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Construction work on the Dam started at the end of August 2010 and is approaching 50% completion.&nbsp; "After our initial reservations about the production rate and quality from the mobile concrete plant, the supply has been good. We have also been getting good support in general from the Lafarge team to address any queries and help maintain the rate of construction," comments Raj Ramchuran, Director of Bosch Stemele, Consulting Engineers on the project. "The associated raw water pipeline, which was a separate contract, was completed at the end of June.&nbsp; Tenders for the other main elements of the bulk water supply scheme, a reservoir and a water treatment works, are in the process of being awarded. At this stage everything is on track for commissioning in April 2012."</p> <p>Road safety has required a great deal of commitment and organisation to address the major problem of the narrow access road that is used extensively by pedestrians from local communities.&nbsp; "The problems associated with the access road were a major stumbling block when we first approached our suppliers and transporters," says Sebastiano. "Many parties were not prepared to take the risk.&nbsp; Fortunately everyone on site has adopted a safety first approach and we have not had any accidents."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Pietermaritzburg based, Cyclone Construction specialise in all types of civil concrete work and have extensive experience of working in remote areas.&nbsp; "The location of this Dam is certainly challenging," says Site Agent, Dave Roux, of Cyclone Construction. "Lafarge's mobile batch plant is giving us much more flexibility and the best possible service under difficult circumstances.&nbsp; Once completed, the Dam and the water reticulation network it is supplying will be an enormous benefit to thousands of people who previously had to draw their water from the Mhlabatsane River."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>NOTES TO EDITORS<br /></strong><em>Lafarge is the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates &amp; Concrete and Gypsum. With 76,000 employees in 78 countries, Lafarge posted sales of Euros 16.2 billion in 2010. </em><em>Lafarge was ranked 6th in the "Carbon Disclosure Project" and entered the global "Dow Jones Sustainability Index" in 2010 in recognition of its sustainable development actions. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity. </em></p> Mon, 19 Sep 2011 14:35:03 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_1316442914431/PR_Header#1915071626&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2011-09-19T14:35:03Z GYPSUM SA: Affordable Housing 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_1312470082385/PR_Header#1664583710&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>Steel Brandering is an ideal solution for residential ceiling applications compared to the traditional timber branded ceilings.</p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]> <object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui> </object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--></p> <p>Steel Brandering is an ideal solution for residential ceiling applications compared to the traditional timber branded ceilings.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>There are significant benefits to using Steel Brandering. Steel does not warp, rot or deteriorate and when it comes to environmental integrity, steel is the most recycled material in the world.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>While the question of quality versus speed has always been a contentious one, economics and demand require buildings to go up quickly and affordably. Steel Brandering not only provides a straight, aesthetically pleasing finish, it is also quick and easy to install because of the material's reduced weight.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge Steel Brandering is a tried and tested product of Lafarge Gypsum South Africa. The system can be effortlessly fixed to timber tie beams, fitted perpendicular to the roof trusses by means of a suspension bracket fixed at 400mm centres.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The 6.4mm Jumbo Plasterboard - also from Lafarge Gypsum - is fixed to the steel brandering by means of 25mm drywall screws at 150mm centres. Joints can be formed with plastic, steel "H" strip or timber cover strips in the case of 6.4mm plasterboard ceilings, or taped and skimmed in the case of 9mm &amp; 12mm plasterboard.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Steel Brandering can be used in bulkhead construction, easily facilitated by a range of joiners.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>High quality Jumbo Plasterboard separates great interiors from the average. Designed for internal walls, ceilings and partitions in residential and commercial buildings, the Lafarge Gypsum product is durable, recyclable, aesthetic and of superior quality without the necessary drying time for alternate wet trade solutions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge Gypsum's systems are usually the most cost-effective and time-saving solution, whether for cinemas, schools and recreation centres or for residential housing, offices and hospitals.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The products can be used in many innovative ways to realise the most ambitious design concepts within demanding cost and time restraints. Lafarge Plasterboard is a particularly strong and lightweight plasterboard system that offers many advantages in an increasingly competitive market to reduce site costs and shorten contract programmes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge Plasterboard solutions are designed to meet numerous critical technical specifications and in the event that a project has special technical requirements, our technical advisory team will provide assistance to devise a suitable solution.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>There is a Lafarge system to satisfy the most exacting technical specification, both economically and within strict time frames. Whether needing to achieve fire resistance, acoustic control, thermal insulation or high performance partition solutions, or a number of these requirements simultaneously, there is an effective Lafarge solution.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Innovation is a key lever of competitiveness, differentiating us from our competitors. Furthermore, innovation reinforces customer loyalty by meeting their specific needs with more effective value propositions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge's capacity for innovation, through the creation of completely new properties, goes hand in hand with close attention to market expectation. The company is opening up a new era in Gypsum production while at the same time meeting the most cutting-edge architectural requirements</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Business Unit supplies&nbsp; Plasters and Compounds together with related system components, such as ceiling grid, access floor systems, aluminium profiles for doors, windows and partition frames and associated accessories.&nbsp; These are used primarily to offer gypsum-based building solutions for constructing, finishing or decorating interior walls and ceilings in residential, commercial and institutional construction projects.</p> <p><br /> In our operations, safety, quality, environmental awareness, good governance and legal compliance are paramount priorities. We strive for continuous improvement in all our processes, products and services to safeguard the health and safety of our employees and the public at large, while ensuring the environmental integrity of our operating sites.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Our intensive safety programmes are aimed at establishing safety performance standards that will place Lafarge Gypsum among the leaders in the international industry.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge Plasterboard and associated ceiling and partition systems are sold to installers and distributors through a network of outlets in South Africa, Mauritius, Botswana and Mozambique. Lafarge Gypsum products are also distributed through specialised retailers, hardware stores and agents in Sub Saharan Africa.</p> Sun, 31 Jul 2011 15:01:17 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_1312470082385/PR_Header#1664583710&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2011-07-31T15:01:17Z GYPSUM SA: Efficient building with 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_1312469723074/PR_Header#1505124308&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>Buildings represent nearly 40% of global energy and have become an environmental,</p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--></p> <p><strong>Efficient building with Lafarge</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Buildings represent nearly 40% of global energy and have become an environmental, economic and social challenge to explore, develop and propose intelligent building solutions that promote sustainable and efficient construction throughout a structure's lifecycle.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Forming part of the &lsquo;Efficient Building with Lafarge' Group initiative being rolled out globally, the company is actively developing innovative solutions for architects to design more efficient buildings. The aim is to ensure, through Lafarge's research and partnership programmes, that however efficient buildings are, the cost remains as low as possible in order to provide everyone with decent and environmentally-friendly housing.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Building methods are determined by geography, climate, urban planning and the level of the country's development. From a sustainable construction perspective, there is no &lsquo;ideal' building. The characteristics of an energy-efficient home will vary according to the building's size and its spacial organization.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge Gypsum South Africa is proactively generating product solutions as close to specification requirements as possible with the implementation of SANS 204 energy efficiency programme.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"Lafarge Gypsum is one of only two local producers which generate the full system of plasterboards, ceiling tiles, plasters, Cove Cornices, suspended steel ceiling grids, and stud and track steel partitioning," said Jean-Paul Croze, Managing Director of Lafarge Gypsum South Africa.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"Our aim is to become the benchmark for intelligent building systems, offering the best sustainable and pioneering solutions for customers. We want to offer the possibility of translating visual concepts into actual on-site reality," Croze said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Group works in partnership with architects and engineers from the design stage of buildings in order to incorporate construction systems which effectively contribute to improving their energy performance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge bases its approach on the environmental footprint of its products according to several criteria, including greenhouses gases, air pollution, water consumption and transport.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>According to Croze, Lafarge Gypsum has developed the quality of its plasterboards to a level where the company can offer a superior product that is much lighter than the product of market competitors. "This puts our products a step up in terms of environmental and sustainable development, using less raw material and energy to produce our products, and less fuel to transport products because we can fit more square metres on a truck."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Lafarge Plasterboard &lsquo;specific systems' are designed to not only meet fire and moisture check properties, but are also complemented by high performance products that are specifically designed for thermal and acoustic applications.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge skimming plasters were also developed so that they can be applied in thinner layers, enabling optimal surface coverage per bag while Lafarge Cove Cornices have been improved in order to be stronger than those of competitors, generating fewer damages, breakages and losses.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The reduction of Lafarge's carbon footprint was acknowledged just last year when the Group was ranked 6<sup>th</sup> in the "Carbon Disclosure Project" and entered into the global "Dow Jones Sustainability Index" in recognition of its sustainable development actions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>-Ends-</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Prepared by:</p> <p>Liezel Niemack</p> <p>Cell: 072 630 3383</p> <p>Email: liezel@mediaimage.co.za</p> <p>Si comes obierit, cujus filius nobiscum sit, filius noster, cum ceteris fidelibus nostris, ordinet de his qui illi plus familiares et propinquiores fuerint, qui cum ministerialibus ipsius comitatus et episcopo ipsum comitatum praevideat, usque dum nobis renuntietur.</p> Sun, 31 Jul 2011 14:55:53 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_1312469723074/PR_Header#1505124308&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2011-07-31T14:55:53Z GYPSUM SA: Mall of the North editorial 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_1312469557908/PR_Header#1505678201&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>The question of quality opposed to speed is a controversial and often hotly debated topic for architects and interior designers.</p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--></p> <p><strong>Mall of the North editorial</strong></p> <p>The question of quality opposed to speed is a controversial and often hotly debated topic for architects and interior designers. Economics and demand require buildings to go up quickly and affordably albeit the potential compromise on quality.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As a leading supplier of interior finishing solutions that differentiate great interiors and enhance public spaces, Lafarge Gypsum appreciates the need for the two pillars of smart construction, namely time efficiency and cost-effectiveness.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge Gypsum products are founded on high quality, consistency and innovative design methods. Its innovative products are profiled for the future by bridging the divide between architectural lessons of the past and the most advanced technology.</p> <p>The company's gypsum-based building solutions are used for constructing, finishing and decorating interior walls and ceilings in residential, commercial and institutional construction projects. Product installation is efficient and economic compared to traditional &lsquo;brick and mortar' building methods..</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge Plasterboard was extensively used throughout the Mall of the North project. The product is designed for internal walls, ceilings and partitions in retail, commercial and residential applications.</p> <p>Plasterboard comprises of an aerated gypsum core encased in and firmly bonded on both sides with a special plasterboard liner to render a smooth, yet highly functional surface. It offers durable, recyclable properties and superior aesthetic qualities.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge Plasterboard offers a clean cut and therefore a clean working environment. The core recipe also allows for better handling and reduces the risk of breaking on site. Painting is more efficient due to less paint having to be applied to the board. Lafarge Plasterboard has also been formulated to eliminate sagging and thinner plasterboard can be curved to offer that unique bulkhead shape.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To complement its plasterboard products, Lafarge Gypsum manufactures steel and aluminium components that allow them to offer customers a one-stop-shop for ceiling, partitioning and flooring solutions.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>For commercial partitions, Lafarge Gypsum offers either permanent or demountable systems.&nbsp;The partitions and separating walls are quick to erect, with high levels of fire and acoustic performance. A variety of different specification options achieve acoustic insulation and fire resistance up to 120 minutes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Components are light and easy to handle, while being quick and simple to install with minimum wastage. Lafarge Gypsum's partitions are dimensionally accurate and will not bow, warp or shrink.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge Gypsum's main commercial system is the Maclock<strong><sup>&reg;</sup></strong> Commercial Wall. As a convenient single source supplier to contractors, Lafarge Gypsum has central supply points across South Africa and Africa.</p> Sun, 31 Jul 2011 14:52:06 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_1312469557908/PR_Header#1505678201&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2011-07-31T14:52:06Z GYPSUM SA: Bringing Materials to Life 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_1312469427331/PR_Header#211062340&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>The new Lafarge Gypsum Skim Stone finishing compound is developed specifically for South Africa&rsquo;s coastal areas</p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--></p> <p>The new Lafarge Gypsum Skim Stone finishing compound is developed specifically for South Africa's coastal areas to counteract the delayed setting times incurred by the moisture and heat weather elements typical of these localities.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge Skim Stone presents a high quality finish with a wide application range. It is used internally and can be applied to plasterboard, ceilings, plasterboard walls, cement rendered walls as well as brick walls.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In a bid to continuously evaluate and upgrade product solutions for the build environment, Lafarge Skim Stone is not only easy to mix, but also easy to apply. Contractors are advised to not mix more than can be used in 90 minutes. No sealer coat or bonding coat is required on plasterboard before plastering.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Skim Stone is mainly used as a finish application to plasterboard ceilings and walls as well as a finish application to cement rendered walls where the recommended application thickness is maximum 3mm, although the product can be applied to vertical brick applications to a thickness of 13mm.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge Skim Stone can be polished to achieve a smooth glass finish.</p> Sun, 31 Jul 2011 14:50:38 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_1312469427331/PR_Header#211062340&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2011-07-31T14:50:38Z GYPSUM SA: Lafarge Gypsum donates to SACLA home 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_1312454546570/PR_Header#2132918222&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p><strong>SACLA home </strong>is a home for disabled children in Khayelitsha</p><p><strong>SACLA home </strong>is a home for disabled children in Khayelitsha, Western Cape. The centre is used to provide treatment, care, food and shelter for disabled children. Staff include facilitators, healthcare workers, social workers and educators, who are currently offering home-based care services to these children as the centre could not be used for its original intent and purposes due to vandalism. The centre had become a hazard for children (i.e. broken windows, exposed electrical wires, etc).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The building was in need of repairs and Lafarge<strong> Gypsum </strong>responded to a request from<strong><em> Green Communities</em></strong>, a non-profit organisation, by donating ceiling board materials and accessories for the repair of all damaged ceiling.&nbsp; This was done through the Lafarge Cape Town branch and the branch manager, Terrence Domingo gave assistance to Green Communities, ensuring that they had all materials required to successfully repair the ceilings. Lafarge Gypsum is delighted have played a part in creating beautiful environment for the disabled children of Khayelitsha.</p> Sun, 31 Jul 2011 10:42:37 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_1312454546570/PR_Header#2132918222&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2011-07-31T10:42:37Z Editorial contribution for the Eco-Living feature 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_1312469252378/PR_Header#1806790568&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p><span style="color: #4a442a;">While South Africa is still relatively behind international markets in respect of renewable energy, </span></p><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>While South Africa is still relatively behind international markets in respect of renewable energy, the implementation of SANS 204 has generated greater awareness of the country's energy efficiency requirements for buildings.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge Gypsum has noticed a positive impact in respect of specification requirements, says the company's Managing Director, Jean-Paul Croze.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>According to Jean-Paul, Lafarge's objective is to provide solutions as close to specification requirements as possible allowing architects and interior designers the flexibility to adapt design concepts without compromising the environment.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"Quality and environmental awareness have always been paramount priorities for Lafarge. We scout the world for trends in sustainable development to lead product innovation that is compliant with world-class building standards."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>While architects take the lead in the design and specification of &lsquo;intelligent' office environments, Jean-Paul is of the belief that it is the responsibility of the manufacturer to drive awareness and communicate the benefits of compliant product ranges.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Lafarge Plasterboard process utilises naturally occurring gypsum from the company's mine in Pofadder in the Northern Cape Province, South Africa. Furthermore, the paper used for Lafarge Plasterboard is made of recycled fibres, making the final product recyclable.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge was ranked 6<sup>th</sup> in the "Carbon Disclosure Project" and entered the global "Dow Jones Sustainability Index" in 2010 in recognition of its sustainable development actions. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity.</p> <p>Ends</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Issued by:</p> <p>Liezel Niemack</p> <p><strong>Lafarge Gypsum Media Communications Consultant</strong></p> <p>Cell: 072 630 3383</p> <p>Email: liezel@mediaimage.co.za</p> Tue, 31 May 2011 14:47:04 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_1312469252378/PR_Header#1806790568&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2011-05-31T14:47:04Z Architect &amp; Specificator Magazine 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_1312468430615/PR_Header#671027614&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>Steel Brandering is the ideal solution for residential ceiling applications.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-ZA">Architect &amp; Specificator Magazine</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-ZA">Editorial </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Steel Brandering is the ideal solution for residential ceiling applications.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>There are significant benefits to using Steel Brandering compared to the traditional timber branded ceilings. Steel does not warp, rot or deteriorate, and when it comes to environmental integrity, steel is the most recycled material in the world.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The reduced weight of Steel Brandering allows for a quick and easy installation in addition to easier handling and hassle-free transportation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Steel Brandering provides a straight, aesthetically pleasing finish. The system is fixed to timber tie beams and fitted perpendicular to the roof trusses by means of a suspension bracket, fixed at 400mm centres.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The plasterboards are fixed to the steel brandering by means of 25mm drywall screws at 150mm centres. Joints can be formed with plastic, steel "H" strip or timber cover strips in the case of 6.4mm plasterboard ceilings, or taped and skimmed in the case of 9mm &amp; 12mm plasterboard.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Steel Brandering can also be used in bulkhead construction, easily facilitated by a range of joiners.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Steel Brandering is a trusted and tried product from Lafarge Gypsum South Africa - a member of the international Lafarge Group's Gypsum division.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Safety, quality, environmental awareness, good governance and legal compliance are paramount priorities at Lafarge. We strive for continuous improvement in all our processes, products and services to be among the leaders in the international industry.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge Gypsum products are also distributed through specialised retailers, hardware stores and agents in Sub Saharan Africa.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ends / Liezel Niemack</p> Tue, 01 Mar 2011 15:35:23 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_1312468430615/PR_Header#671027614&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2011-03-01T15:35:23Z