: 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 Light-steel-frame building for Katlehong 
early-childhood development centre 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_1404456043768/PR#649664389&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/light-steel-frame-building-industry-term" target="" title="">light-steel-frame building</a>&nbsp;is providing a structured, safe space to learn and play for preschool children, says early-childhood development Breakthrough Centre programme director&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/zodwa-latola" target="" title="">Zodwa Latola</a></strong>.</p><p>The new building was a corporate social responsibility<a href="http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/project" target="" title="">project</a>&nbsp;by building&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/material-giant" target="" title="">material giant</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/lafarge-south-africa" target="" title="">Lafarge South Africa</a>'s Gypsum division. Gypsum MD&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/jeanpaul-croze" target="" title="">Jean-Paul Croze</a></strong>&nbsp;says an evaluation of the previous structure in which the centre was located validated its decision to build a new structure.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Latola notes that many of the children come from poor and/or youth- or grandparent-headed homes. The safe environment of the centre where they develop social and mental skills will improve their ability to escape the trap of poor self-esteem - which often leads to underperformance and poverty in adulthood - and cope with challenges during their schooling. This will also improve their chances in later life.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"Many of the children's parents or guardians go to work early and come home from work late. Their guardians are not always able to provide them with the stimulation required to develop their social skills and boost their self-esteem.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"This centre has the support of the local community and has now received support from a large corporation. We need many more such centres and are thankful and grateful to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/lafarge" target="" title="">Lafarge</a>&nbsp;for its support. We hope that they will continue to support us and we encourage other corporations to provide direct support to the local communities in which they work," she says.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Katlehong is situated south of Germiston, in Gauteng, and between<a href="http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/lafarge" target="" title="">Lafarge</a>'s Alrode and Roodekop operations.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"<a href="http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/lafarge" target="" title="">Lafarge</a>'s goal of building better cities includes designing cities and urban&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/systems-company" target="" title="">systems</a>&nbsp;for all people to improve access to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/transport-industry-term" target="" title="">transport</a>&nbsp;and better living conditions, which, in turn entails the implementation of special solutions for the growing populations of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/south-africa" target="" title="">South Africa</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/africa-company" target="" title="">Africa</a>," says Croze.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For this reason, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/lafarge" target="" title="">Lafarge</a>&nbsp;team selected the light-<a href="http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/steel" target="" title="">steel</a>-frame<a href="http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/construction" target="" title="">construction</a>&nbsp;method, as it enabled the company to supply the plasterboards and the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/steel" target="" title="">steel</a>&nbsp;from its own plants to build the structure.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"Light-<a href="http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/steel" target="" title="">steel</a>-frame structures perform similarly to brick and mortar structures, but require less raw materials and less time to build, which make them more environ-ment friendly and less costly, compared with brick and mortar&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/construction" target="" title="">construction</a>&nbsp;methods.</p><img src="/wps/wcm/connect/42f3ba00449a73568975dbea355c99c1/0000324508_resized_zodwalatolaandjeanpaulcrozeatthebreakthroughcentre11022.jpg?MOD=AJPERES&amp;CACHEID=42f3ba00449a73568975dbea355c99c1" alt="" /> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 06:55:50 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_1404456043768/PR#649664389&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-07-04T06:55:50Z Lafarge consolidation to create jobs for Nigerians 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_1404368928035/PR#773602520&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>Lagos - Lafarge Cement Wapco Nigeria Plc on Saturday said the consolidation of its Nigeria and South Africa businesses would create more jobs for Nigerians and enhance return on investment.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p>The company's Head, Corporate Affairs, Mr Ademola Ojowolo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that Lafarge Africa's consolidation of share holding was not aimed at jobs reduction.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>NAN reports that Lafarge had on June 3 announced plans to combine its Nigeria and South Africa businesses to create Lafarge Africa to become a leading sub-Sahara Africa building materials platform.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ojowolo said the transaction would also create more opportunities for employees and communities in the various countries through expansion of projects.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>He said the company would be renamed Lafarge Africa at the end of the transaction and would remain listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In his comment, the Chairman of Lafarge WAPCO, Chief Olusegun Osunkeye, said he was proud to be part of the creation of the leading African building materials platform.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Osunkeye said that the exercise would provide access to growth in two of the largest economies on the continent.</p> <p>"It will mean that our shareholders are investing in a larger and more geographically diverse business and it will contribute significantly to the economic growth of both nations," Osunkeye said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Also, Mr Guillaume Roux, Lafarge Country Chief Executive Officer Nigeria, described the consolidation as a key milestone that would create value for shareholders.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Roux said that the decision would enable the company to be more innovative, increase and improve its product portfolio.</p> <p>He said, "Our objective is to bring more housing and ever better solutions to contribute to building better cities that are more beautiful, more compact, more connected and more durable."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>NAN reports that under the proposed terms, Lafarge Group would transfer its direct and indirect share holdings in Lafarge South Africa Holdings (Pty) Ltd.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The transaction will be concluded through a cash consideration of 200 million dollars (over N32 billion) and the issuance of 1.4 million Lafarge Africa shares to Lafarge Group.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>NAN reports that the transaction will be completed during the second half of 2014.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge Group also announced its intention to transfer all its shares and businesses in Nigeria and South Africa into Lafarge Cement Wapco Nigeria Plc.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The new entity, according to the company, will have nationwide coverage in both Nigeria and South Africa with cement capacity of about 12 million tonnes and operations in aggregates, ready-mix and fly ash. (NAN)</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:28:30 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_1404368928035/PR#773602520&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-06-23T06:28:30Z Lafarge-Holcim merger to rattle the cement sector in Africa, Latin America 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_1404380482315/PR#1449860710&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>The creation of Lafarge Africa, the clearance of the Cemex West acquisition by Holcim in Germany and the sale of Lafarge's assets in Ecuador all hint at the scale of business that LafargeHolcim will command when it comes into existence. The implications in developing markets are worth exploring, especially in Latin American and Africa.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p>In sub-Saharan Africa, Lafarge is merging its cement companies in Nigeria and South Africa to create Lafarge Africa. Analysts Exotix have described the move as, 'the birth of a leading player on a continental scale'. Indeed, if Lafarge wanted to grow Lafarge Africa to encompass its many other African cement producing subsidiaries it could hold at least 17 integrated cement plants (including plants in north Africa) with a cement production capacity of at least 40Mt/yr in 10 countries and infrastructure in others. That puts it head-to-head with Dangote's plans to meet 40Mt/yr by the end of 2014 through its many expansion projects. Following these two market leaders would come South African-based cement producer PPC with its expansion plans around the continent.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Meanwhile across the Atlantic in Latin America the Lafarge-Holcim merger threatens Cemex. Unlike in Africa where Lafarge has a ubiquitous but disparate presence, Lafarge and Holcim's cement assets are more evenly scattered around the Caribbean, Central and South America. In terms of cement production capacity Cemex and Lafarge-Holcim will both have around 30Mt/yr, with Cemex just in front. The next biggest cement producers in Latin America will be Votorantim (present mainly in Brazil) with just over 20Mt/yr and Cementos Argos (Columbia) with about the same. This includes some new acquisitions in the United States for the growing Columbian producer. In Ecuador Lafarge and Holcim held over 50% of the market share, hence the sale by Lafarge of its assets to Union Andina de Cementos for US$553m.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Depending on how well the merger integrates the two companies, corals the various subsidiaries and implements strategic thinking the merger could just create business as usual with little disruption to the existing order. Yet in both continents the merger has the opportunity to shake up and reinvigorate the cement markets as existing players suddenly discover serious new competition and react accordingly.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Africa has a population of 1.1bn and it had a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of US$2320/capita in 2013. South America had a population of 359m in 2010 and a GDP of US$8929/capita. This compares to US$27,250/capita in Europe and US$54,152/capita in the US. The economic development potential for each continent is humongous. Post-merger, LafargeHolcim will be first or second in line for some of this potential in Latin America and Africa.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:44:14 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_1404380482315/PR#1449860710&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-06-11T09:44:14Z Africa's upbeat construction lifts property market 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_1404370942573/PR#1699287253&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>Africa currently makes up less than 0.5% of commercial real estate investments, but international capital is beginning to move in as investors seek to access the continent's growth prospects.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p>French cement maker Lafarge is merging its South African and Nigerians units to create a USD 1.25 billion builder to take advantage of rising construction opportunities across Africa. The new entity will have cement capacity of about 12 million tons per year, as well as operations in aggregates, ready-mix and fly ash products.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"It [the merger] will provide access to growth in two of the largest economies on the continent," said Olusegun Osunkeye, chairman of Lafarge WAPCO.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Africa is in the midst of a construction wave and real estate companies are competing hard with international players to increase their order books. Just over USD 222 billion is being invested in 322 African projects (with a value of at least USD 50 million each), according to Deloitte.</p> <p>As much as 56% of the projects are owned by governments, with 39% by the private sector, while a mere 4% is jointly owned by governments and industry in public-private partnerships.</p> <p>And despite the hype of BRIC nations dominating Africa's investment landscape, half of the private sector projects are in fact owned by European and American investors, while developers from Brazil, Russia, India and China own roughly 10% of the projects.</p> <p>Development financial institutions such as African Development Bank and the World Bank are financing 36% of the projects, with domestic African government funds funding 8% of the projects.</p> <p>"European/US contractors are building 37% of projects and Chinese construction corporations are building 12%," said Deloitte. "The balance of contracting parties is private domestic companies and contractors from countries such as Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Australia and South Africa."<br /><br /><img src="http://www.cyberprop.com/images/12062014_72.jpg" border="0" alt="" hspace="0" width="482" height="273" align="bottom" /><br /><strong><br />REAL ESTATE BUILDING WAVE<br /></strong>Kenya is building its largest mall to date, while Ghana is developing a five-star residential facility development, as African countries deepen the scope of their construction projects from roads and basic infrastructure to development of residential and commercial real estate.<br /><br />South Africa remains the continent's most mature residential and commercial marketplace with property transactions worth USD 800 million completed in 2012, but other countries are also attracting attention.</p> <p>Private investors Atterbury Property Holdings in South African and Sanlam Financial Services are actively looking at development of office and retail projects in Ghana, Nigeria and Angola.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Private equity firms Actis and the Russia-based Renaissance Group are the best known of a small number of emerging market specialists from outside Africa that are actively developing and investing in property in the continent, according to real estate consultants Knight Frank.<br /><br />Actis is building Garden City northwest of Nairobi, Heritage Place in Lagos, apart from A-grade office, retail and middle income residential developments, primarily in Nigeria and Ghana. Renaissance is building five urban projects in Africa, such as Tatu City, outside Nairobi in Kenya, to house 70,000 people and Appolonia - City of Light, in Accra Ghana), for 88,000 residents.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>These projects are among a wave of ambitious satellite towns that are either under construction or planned by private property developers on the outskirts of existing large cities. Other examples include the Eko Atlantic project on Victoria Island in Lagos and La Cit&eacute; du Fleuve in Kinshasa, said Knight Frank.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"Most of the current batch of new urban developments are still at very early stages, some have already experienced delays to their construction, and it remains to be seen how many of them will be fully realized," Knight Frank noted.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A number of real estate funds have been created to focus on the commercial property market, such as the USD 250 million RMB Westport Real Estate Development Fund. It has stakes in Ikeja City Mall in Nigeria, Accra Financial Centre in Ghana and Muxima Shopping Centre in Angola, among others</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Actis, Sanlam and Delta Property Fund all have either actively managed real estate funds or developing new investment vehicles.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>CHANGING URBAN LANDSCAPE<br />Residential and commercial real estate projects make up nearly 10% of all major projects under way in the region. Places like Nairobi are experiencing significant commercial, retail and residential apartment construction and numerous hotel developments.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Cities such as Accra (Ghana), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) , Kigali (Rwanda), Luanda (Angola), Maputa (Mozambique), Lusaka (Zambia), Lagos and Abuja (Nigeria), Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) are all experiencing GDP growth exceeding 6% and have huge demand for real estate as their populations explode.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The real estate sector will play a major role in shaping Africa's urban future as city infrastructures strain under the pressures of 'flash urbanization'," said JLL.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"Africa is urbanizing more rapidly than any other continent, with its city-based population expanding by 3.5% per year. Some cities are growing considerably faster (such as Abuja at 9% and Luanda at 6% a year)."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Indeed, close to 60 cities in Africa have a population exceeding 1 million each, with 170 million city dwellers with disposable incomes that are nearly double their country's national income levels.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Sub-Saharan Africa's commercial real estate sector is in an early, high-energy phase of development as the industry starts to respond to rapid urbanization and strong demand from businesses and consumers for a modern real estate infrastructure, notes Jones Lang La Salle.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"Nonetheless, the continent remains severely undersupplied with high-quality commercial space, and a lack of experienced local developers will create opportunities for international players," the consultancy said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Retail developers should also take note, although the continent's retail space capacity of Grade A malls is less than that available in Hungary.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"Nonetheless, shopping mall construction is poised for 'lift-off' as developers and retailers respond to the severe supply-demand imbalance. The stock is rapidly expanding at a rate of over 20% a year, spearheaded by Cairo, Casablanca, Lagos and Nairobi," JLL said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Key sectors include energy and power, transport, mining, water, oil and gas and real estate, especially as demographics spur demand.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"Development is strongly concentrated in Southern and East Africa," said Deloitte in a report. "In terms of the number of projects underway, Southern Africa leads with 38% of projects, followed relatively closely by East Africa with 29%. West Africa has 21% of the total number of projects while North Africa and Central Africa lag at 7% and 5% respectively."<img src="http://www.cyberprop.com/images/12062014_73.jpg" alt="" /></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 07:02:45 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_1404370942573/PR#1699287253&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-06-09T07:02:45Z Lafarge rolls out sub-Saharan expansion plan 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_1404369634296/PR#195360101&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>Johannesburg - Lafarge, the international building materials group that last week announced the merger of its South African and Nigerian assets, has started rolling out an expansion strategy in sub-Saharan Africa that will add an additional 10 million tons of cement capacity a year in the region within the next four years.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p>Its South African operations will be largely unaffected by the creation of Lafarge Africa, the new entity created by the merger, which will be listed on the Nigeria Stock Exchange. It expected to have a production capacity of 12 million tons a year and last year had a combined revenue of about R13.5 billion.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Charlene Lamb, the country communications manager for Lafarge South Africa, said on Friday that the transaction would take place at Lafarge South Africa Holdings level and the operating companies - Lafarge Industries, Lafarge Mining and Ash Resources - were unaffected.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Senior management and employees in the country would also remain unaffected, she said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The merger of Lafarge's assets has been interpreted by analysts as a response to Lafarge's more aggressive rival, the Lagos-based Dangote, and to consolidate Lafarge's positioning as a leading cement company.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lamb confirmed that Lafarge was planning additional capacity in sub-Saharan Africa in the next four years and a project to expand its production capacity by 5.5 million tons in Nigeria had begun. It would be commissioned by 2016.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>She said 8.5 million tons of this new capacity would come from largely brownfields projects in Nigeria, Tanzania and Zambia while a further 1.5 million tons would result from removing production bottlenecks in its operations throughout the region.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge, which also plans to merge with Holcim of Switzerland to create the biggest cement producer in the world, has not disclosed how much it is investing in Nigeria or other countries on the continent.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge has a presence in Egypt, Algeria and Morocco in north Africa and in 10 sub-Saharan countries, including Tanzania, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Benin, Kenya, Malawi and Zambia, as well as Nigeria and South Africa.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lamb said Lafarge was also positive about the long-term prospects for the cement industry in South Africa and looked forward to the roll-out of the government infrastructure expenditure programme.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"We invested in a project, completed in 2009, which brought our overall cement capacity to 3.6 million tons from 2.7 million tons.</p> <p>"Taking into account the prospects for growth and also new capacities in the market, we now foresee that we will have enough capacity in our main plant in the next few years," she said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The South African cement industry is facing increased competition both because of new entrants to the market and existing producers increasing capacity.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Sephaku Cement this year became the first new entrant since 1934 and invested about R3.3bn in establishing two new plants that will have a total annual capacity of 2.2 million tons once they were fully operational.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Jidong Development Group of China-backed Mamba Cement has commenced construction on a R1.8bn greenfields pure cement plant with a capacity of more than 1 million tons a year at an established limestone deposit near Northam in Limpopo.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>PPC will over the next 18 months increase its cement capacity by a further 1 million tons a year through an upgrade to its slurry kiln 8 and is targeting to generate 40 percent of its revenue from outside South Africa by 2017.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It has new cement plants (which) are under construction in Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia, with construction on a plant in Algeria expected to commence by the end of this year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Shares dropped 5.71 percent to close at 118 naira (R8) in Lagos on Friday</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 06:40:44 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_1404369634296/PR#195360101&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-06-09T06:40:44Z Lafarge products and their uses 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_1404310428051/PR#1786230633&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false EN-ZA X-NONE X-NONE </xml><![endif]--></p> <p>Lafarge South Africa has the widest range of designed-for-purpose products covering every application. What sets us apart is the research and development that we invest in to ensure customers can be confident Lafarge products will be user-friendly and perform consistently.</p> <p><!--[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:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"; mso-ansi-language:FR; mso-fareast-language:FR;} </style> <![endif]--></p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p><!--[if !mso]> <style> v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} </style> <![endif]--></p> <p>Lafarge South Africa is the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, a world leader in building materials, with unparalleled technical strength and capacity for innovation. We continually introduce innovative, quality products and solutions to the local construction market, in line with the Group's ambition to contribute to <em>Building better cities</em> that are more durable, more beautiful and help sustain a healthy prosperous society for all our people.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge's user-friendly cement and concrete solutions are popular with homeowners and building contractors alike because of their reliable quality and high performance. Typical choices for house projects are:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Durabuild</strong></p> <p>Durabuild was designed for those jobs in and around the home. We focused on formulating a quality cement that would produce user-friendly mortars, plasters and concrete, with the emphasis on affordability.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Classified as a 32,5N General Purpose Cement, Durabuild is ideal for:</p> <ul class="unIndentedList"> <li> Masonry work</li> <li> Driveways and paths</li> <li> DIY concrete and plaster work </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Buildcrete</strong></p> <p>The Buildcrete name is long-established in the local construction industry as the premium quality general purpose cement. It is also an environmentally-friendly choice: Buildcrete's formulation gives a low carbon footprint and reduced greenhouse gas emissions in its manufacture.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Reflecting Lafarge's active concern for conservation, part of the proceeds from each bag of Buildcrete sold is donated to the baby rhino orphanage in Limpopo. The orphanage is doing wonderful work caring for these victims of the poaching epidemic.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The high performance and early strength gain of Buildcrete 42,5N enables builders to standardise on its use for a wide range of applications, such as:</p> <ul class="unIndentedList"> <li> House foundations</li> <li> Reinforced concrete suspended slabs</li> <li> Ponds and water features (Buildcrete produces dense impermeable concrete)</li> <li> Concrete driveways and paths (the early strength enables them to be used sooner)</li> <li> Mortar and plaster work</li> <li> Even suitable for brick and block making (which means the walls of your home may already contain Buildcrete)</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Supaset</strong></p> <p>SupaSet is a remarkable new product that illustrates how Lafarge technology is applied to meet the needs of its customers for convenience and rapid results. A first of its kind in South Africa, SupaSet is ready-to-use, just add water. It takes only 10-15 minutes to set a pole firmly in position, compared with up to 2 days for a conventional concrete mix.</p> <p>Think of all the potential uses for poles (wood or metal) around your home:</p> <ul class="unIndentedList"> <li> Decking poles</li> <li> Carports and lapas</li> <li> Small to medium size gateposts</li> <li> Rotary washing lines</li> <li> General fencing</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Lafarge Readymix concrete team has developed exciting innovative concretes that offer special solutions for better, more durable and especially more beautiful homes. Two examples are:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Artevia</strong><strong><sup>TM</sup></strong></p> <p>Artevia<sup>TM</sup> 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>Achieve stunning, silky smooth marble-like finishes in the home with Artevia<sup>TM</sup> Polish. Have an attractive, uniquely textured, non-slip driveway with Artevia<sup>TM</sup> Exposed.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Hydromedia<sup><sup>TM</sup></sup></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 storm water and finds a wide variety of uses:</p> <ul class="unIndentedList"> <li> Driveways and pathways</li> <li> Patios </li> <li> Swimming pool surrounds</li> <li> If your architect is designing an advanced &lsquo;green' dwelling, the light weight of Hydromedia<sup><sup>TM</sup></sup> makes it ideal as a key element of a concrete green roof system</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Hydromedia<sup><sup>TM</sup></sup> offers a practical solution with an attractive texture that can also be produced in a variety of decorative colours.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> &nbsp; <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>NOTE TO EDITOR</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Lafarge</strong></p> <p>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>&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; 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>&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 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>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>For further information, please contact:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Charlene Lamb</p> <p>Country Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Charlene.Lamb@lafarge-za.lafarge.com" target="" title="">Charlene.Lamb@lafarge-za.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><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> &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><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false false EN-ZA X-NONE X-NONE </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:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"; mso-ansi-language:FR; mso-fareast-language:FR;} </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> </xml><![endif]--></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 14:56:14 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_1404310428051/PR#1786230633&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-06-06T14:56:14Z EU approves of Cemex merger 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_1404370595178/PR#1304159035&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>EU antitrust regulators cleared a bid by Holcim for Cemex's western German plants plus sites in France and the Netherlands. The European Commission's probe "found that the merged entity will continue to face competition from a number of competitors", the regulator said yesterday in a statement.</p><p>The transaction was "unlikely" to result in making any potential co-ordination easier to a degree that would raise competition concerns, the commission said. The EU regulator, after opening an in-depth probe last year, did not demand any concessions from the companies. Holcim and Cemex did not respond to requests for comment. The EU clearance comes after Holcim and Lafarge announced plans to create the world's biggest cement maker. Holcim faces another in-depth probe from European regulators over the sale of Spanish assets to Cemex. - Bloomberg</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 06:57:48 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_1404370595178/PR#1304159035&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-06-06T06:57:48Z LAFARGE SETS THE STAGE 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_1404368608073/PR#1134862240&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p><strong>Lafarge South Africa, the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, a world leader in building materials, recently donated innovative concrete products to create a community stage for cultural events at the Alliance Fran&ccedil;aise of Pretoria.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p>The project will be an asset for the local community and Lafarge's support is in line with the Group's brand baseline of &lsquo;Building better cities'. This reflects Lafarge's ambition to use its strength at innovation to contribute to the construction of cities that are more beautiful, durable and desirable living environments for everyone.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Over the years, the Alliance Fran&ccedil;aise has become a cultural drawcard in the capital City; attracting members of the diplomatic community, students, members of the Francophone community and public to its performances by African and local artists at its premises on Rivier Street in Sunnyside.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>On Friday 30th May, the new Lafarge stage was officially opened by Her Excellency Elisabeth Barbier, French Ambassador to South Africa; and Lafarge South Africa's Country CEO, Thierry Legrand. The inaugural event also featured a concert by well-known local guitarist and writer, Nibs van der Spuy.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The stage has been constructed using Lafarge Artevia<sup>TM</sup> Polish, a decorative concrete with&nbsp;a beautiful marble-like finish that is slip-resistant. It forms a durable structural floor and has a high quality architectural standard finish. The pathways surrounding the stage were poured with Lafarge Hydromedia<sup>TM</sup>, the company's technological breakthrough in permeable concrete, allowing water to flow through the concrete into the soil. This product ensures rapid storm water removal from horizontal surfaces.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"Lafarge South Africa is proud to be associated with the Alliance Fran&ccedil;aise and to have helped create this marvellous cultural asset for the Pretoria community," Legrand commented. "We are in a unique position to contribute to building better cities and infrastructure through having a strong presence in all our construction related business lines: cement, aggregates, readymix concrete and plasterboard. We use this wide footprint to support the communities around our sites, to help make their environment more durable and more beautiful."</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 06:23:55 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_1404368608073/PR#1134862240&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-06-05T06:23:55Z Lafarge to merge South Africa, Nigeria units in $1.35bn deal 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_1404369284504/PR#1215944694&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <h2>New entity to be listed on the Nigerian stock exchange.</h2> <p>Lafarge&nbsp;SA, the French cement maker that plans to merge with Holcim Ltd. of Switzerland to become the world's biggest, will consolidate some African operations under a new entity to be listed on the Nigerian stock exchange.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p>Assets in Nigeria and South Africa will be transferred to the newly created&nbsp;Lafarge&nbsp;Africa, the Paris-based company said in a statement today. The combined business will be the sixth largest company on the Nigerian stock exchange and have cement production capacity of 12 million metric tons.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"It will provide access to growth in two of the largest economies on the continent," Olusegun Osunkeye, chairman of Lafarge's Nigerian unit WAPCO, said in the statement. "It will mean that our shareholders are invested in a larger and more geographically diverse business."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge, which has operations in 64 countries, has been adding capacity in Africa to take advantage of the need for new infrastructure in developing economies and to offset a construction slump in Europe. It's facing battles with regulators in Kenya, where it has been accused of flouting competition rules, and Nigeria, where its main grade of cement has been ruled unsafe for anything other than plastering.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The transaction will include a cash payment of $200 million and the issue of 1.4 million&nbsp;Lafarge&nbsp;Africa shares to the parent company. Lafarge's Nigeria-listed shares were unchanged at 112.5 naira in Lagos today, valuing it at 338 billion naira ($2.1 billion).</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 06:35:20 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_1404369284504/PR#1215944694&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-06-03T06:35:20Z Lafarge expands children’s centre 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_1404310020394/PR#2063968133&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false EN-ZA X-NONE X-NONE </xml><![endif]--></p> <p>Lafarge Gypsum recently expanded the children's centre located close to the Kathlehong site to support the children of the families that work for Gypsum. Lafarge South Africa is the local subsidiary of the international Lafarge Group, a world leader in building materials. This is part of Lafarge's focus on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of building better cities and to offer solutions to improve the lives of the people that reside in the areas that the company operates in. 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><!--[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>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false EN-ZA X-NONE X-NONE </xml><![endif]--></p> <p>Previously a Christmas party for the children of the centre was hosted by Gypsum, where they were given gifts and much needed school uniforms. This centre continued to be a safe refuge for children among the schools in the surrounding communities of the Gypsum site. A decision to expand the centre to include another room which is around 60 square metres in size was taken by Gypsum. The unit is currently being built using Steel Frame Housing and the finishes are done with Gypsum products, such as ceiling and dry wall partitioning.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"We are here not only to produce products, but also to improve the lives of the children by working with the local community, and most importantly, to promote peace of mind for parents as their children are closer to the site. Here they have a place to play and do homework," said Lafarge Gypsum Managing Director, Jean-Paul Croze.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>ENDS</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>NOTES TO EDITORS</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Lafarge</strong></p> <p>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>&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; 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>&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 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. 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>&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>Charlene Lamb</p> <p>Country Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Charlene.Lamb@lafarge-za.lafarge.com" target="" title="">Charlene.Lamb@lafarge-za.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><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><!--[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> Thu, 15 May 2014 14:07:30 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_1404310020394/PR#2063968133&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-05-15T14:07:30Z LAFARGE ASSISTS WITH TURNING A HOUSE INTO A 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_1404310000479/PR#1531106752&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false EN-ZA X-NONE X-NONE </xml><![endif]--></p> <p>When the SABC put out a call on its "Touching Lives" segment of the daily news, Lafarge</p> <p>South Africa didn't hesitate to answer in providing support for the Mosiane family from Mantja Village, outside Mafikeng. Lafarge, the world leader in building materials, has a well-recognised track record for providing the local construction industry with innovative products, solutions and services in line with the Group's ambition of &lsquo;<em>Building better cities' </em>which means<em> </em>contributing towards building more cities and towns with more housing, cities and towns that are more compact, while also being more durable, more beautiful and more desirable living environments for everyone.</p> <p><!--[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>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false EN-ZA X-NONE X-NONE </xml><![endif]--></p> <p>The 25-member family, headed by 62 year old partially blind Nicodemus Mosiane, was living in a two-roomed make-shift dwelling built in 2008, with no sustainable income. Thanks to the generosity of companies such as Lafarge, SABC NW Provincial General Manager Tlotlo Seru will facilitate the handover of a brand new 76m<sup>2</sup> house on Friday 25 April to this deserving family.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>First to step up to the plate, Lafarge provided the ceiling components to create a comfortable home: brandering, ceiling plasterboard, cornices and other ceiling accessories required to finish off the decor of the residence. In addition, 280 bags of Lafarge's innovative and highly renowned Buildcrete cement was also provided. Says Charlene Lamb, Country Communications Manager, Lafarge South Africa, "The Lafarge ambition of &lsquo;<em>Building better cities</em>' doesn't only apply to large construction sites. It applies to cities, towns and villages. We are committed to supporting our neighbours around our sites and as such are delighted to be a part of helping make a house a home that will improve the quality of life and living conditions for the Mosiane family." Lafarge's cement plant is based in Lichtenburg, North West Province.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"We are delighted to have been able to assist this family in need with top quality products that ensure the longevity of their home. We wish them well as they move into the safety and warmth of their new dwelling," adds Kgomotso Ramoiteki, Lafarge Gypsum Product Manager.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>While H-strips, drywall screws, galvanised angles and suspension brackets sound like "construction speak" to others, to this family it means home and no longer living in a patchwork dwelling. "Lafarge understands that every component we manufacture forms part of someone's comfort and that building better cities starts with keeping individual requirements in mind," says Lamb.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>HOD North West Department of Human Settlements and Public Safety, Mr Moss Kgantsi and Motsweding FM OAP Ms Lindiwe Modise will be joined by SABC Acting COO Mr Hlaudi Motsoeneng, local Chief Kgosi Mosikare, Ms Lina Miga and Mr Chris Motshabi, as well as representatives from donors Lafarge South Africa, Toro ya Africa and CTM at the handover event in Mantja Village.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ends</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>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>&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; 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>&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 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>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>For further information, please contact:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Charlene Lamb</p> <p>Country Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Charlene.Lamb@lafarge.com" target="" title="">Charlene.Lamb@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><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> &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;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <p><!--[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> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:06:34 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_1404310000479/PR#1531106752&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-04-24T14:06:34Z LAFARGE SOUTH AFRICA COMPANY PROFILE FOR ENGINEERING NEWS 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_1404309773085/PR#161363748&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> </xml><![endif]--></p> <p><strong>Company name: </strong></p> <p>Lafarge South Africa Holdings (Pty) Ltd&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false EN-ZA X-NONE X-NONE </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-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:107%; 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;} </style> <![endif]--></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p><!--[if !mso]> <style> v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} </style> <![endif]--></p> <p><strong>Main activities of the company:</strong></p> <p>The company is the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, the world's leading cement company and the world leader in building materials.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The core businesses of Lafarge South Africa are the manufacture and supply of cement, aggregates, ready-mixed concrete, gypsum-plasterboard and interior building fittings.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge South Africa has two main subsidiary operating companies:</p> <ul> <li>Lafarge Industries South Africa (Pty) Ltd, (which includes the cement, readymix concrete and the gypsum-plasterboard operations) </li> <li>Lafarge Mining South Africa (Pty) Ltd (which covers the aggregate and limestone quarrying interests)</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Description of products/services and sites:&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;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Cement&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;&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>Lafarge South Africa is one of the major cement manufacturers in Southern Africa. Its flagship cement production facility is at Lichtenburg in the North West Province. The company also operates two cement clinker grinding stations, one at Randfontein on the west side of Johannesburg and the other at Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal, together with several well placed depots.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge supplies a wide range of innovative cements that meets the needs of the construction industry for reliable quality and high performance, combined with a lower carbon footprint.</p> <p><strong>Readymix concrete </strong></p> <p>The company is the ready-mixed concrete market leader with over fifty batch plants strategically sited throughout South Africa. In addition, Lafarge has a fleet of mobile and semi-mobile concrete batch plants that enable it to provide a rapid response on urgent projects, together with the benefits of an on-site service in remote locations.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Aggregates&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;&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>The Aggregates business line operates twenty quarries located throughout South Africa to service all sectors of the local construction industry. Lafarge quarry materials fall broadly into three categories: road materials; concrete materials; and specialised materials - washed or blended aggregates for use in the road, paving, brick and block industries</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Gypsum </strong></p> <p>Lafarge Gypsum manufactures plasterboard at a world-class facility in Roodekop, Johannesburg, and complementary steel and aluminium fitting systems at its nearby Alrode factory. The company 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><strong>Health &amp; Safety:</strong></p> <p>Health &amp; Safety is the Number One priority at Lafarge and our proactive campaigns to achieve a world-class standard embrace contractors and visitors on the company's sites, our transporters and our interaction with customers.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Company history:</strong></p> <p>Lafarge South Africa has its origins in a pioneering supplier to the South African construction industry that was established in 1914 and is the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, the world leader in cement and building materials. The parent company, Lafarge, began operation in 1833 as a lime producer in France.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Main equipment:</strong></p> <p>Cement kilns, cement clinker grinding stations, fixed and mobile concrete batch plants, quarries with crushing and screening equipment, gypsum plasterboard production line and steel fittings fabrication plant.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Standards:</strong></p> <p>Our products and quality management systems are in accordance with international best practice as set by the Lafarge Group, while always ensuring compliance with locally regulated standards. The company's cement production sites are also ISO 9001-2008 listed.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>People:</strong></p> <p>Globally the Lafarge Group employs 64&nbsp;000 people in 62 countries</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>CSI:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Lafarge believes in supporting communities surrounding its sites. To this end, the company is involved with many social and educational initiatives to uplift the communities.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact details:&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;&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>Charlene Lamb&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; Position: Country Communications Manager</p> <p>&nbsp;Lafarge Industries South Africa</p> <p>&nbsp;Tel: +27 11&nbsp;657 1265</p> <p>&nbsp;Fax: +27 86&nbsp;630 3819</p> <p>&nbsp;Email: <a href="mailto:Charlene.Lamb@lafarge.com" target="" title="">Charlene.Lamb@lafarge.com</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>&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; Website: <a href="http://www.lafarge.co.za" target="" title="">www.lafarge.co.za</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Physical address:&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>Lafarge Industries South Africa (Pty) Ltd</p> <p>35 Westfield Road&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;</p> <p>Longmeadow Business Estate Ext 11&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Edenvale&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;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>1609</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Postal address:</strong></p> <p>Lafarge Industries South Africa (Pty) Ltd</p> <p>Private Bag X26</p> <p>Gallo Manor</p> <p>2052</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> &nbsp; <p>ends</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>NOTES TO EDITORS</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Lafarge</strong></p> <p>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>&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; 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>&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 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>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>For further information, please contact:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Charlene Lamb</p> <p>Country Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Charlene.Lamb@lafarge.com" target="" title="">Charlene.Lamb@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><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false false EN-ZA X-NONE X-NONE </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-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:107%; 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-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;} </style> <![endif]--></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:02:11 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_1404309773085/PR#161363748&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-04-24T14:02:11Z CHANGE OF CHAIR AT LAFARGE 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_1404309201335/PR#2034352666&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> </xml><![endif]--></p> <p>After two terms of office, the inspirational Chairperson of Lafarge South Africa, Nonkqubela Mazwai, has stepped down and handed over the reins to Thandi Orleyn, previously a non-executive director of Lafarge Mining South Africa and Lafarge Industries South Africa. We asked Mazwai to describe the Lafarge of today compared with the company whose board she joined on 15 February 2007, and her leadership contribution to the transformation.</p> <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false EN-ZA X-NONE X-NONE </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-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:107%; 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;} </style> <![endif]--></p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> </xml><![endif]--></p> <p>A major player in the South African building materials industry, Lafarge South Africa is the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, the world leader in building materials.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Group's brand baseline <em>&lsquo;Building better cities' </em>introduced in 2013,<em> </em>reflects its ambition to contribute innovative solutions to building cities that are desirable, sustainable and beautiful living environments accessible to all people.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Diversity and gender equity</strong></p> <p>"I am passionate about people and people are a company," says Mazwai. "Joining Lafarge South Africa in 2007 was a wonderful opportunity to change perceptions regarding transformation and contribute to making a difference." The first challenge was dealing with the reality of the diversity in the company. Getting the diverse cultures to work better together and communicate more effectively, she counts as one of her more satisfying achievements. This led to Mazwai heading up a senior level transformation committee, that promoted the real benefits of diversity and fostered its introduction on merit at all levels of the company.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>She also addressed the key issue of gender equity at senior management levels. "Interestingly, during a Women's Day celebration last year at Lafarge, the French Ambassador to South Africa, commented that companies in Europe still have similar problems to ourselves with achieving equitable representation of women in senior positions," adds Mazwai.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Key role</strong></p> <p>For her part, Mazwai and her fellow women directors made it clear that they were not on the board merely in a token affirmative action role. "We were business partners and had an important part to play," asserts Mazwai. "One key contribution was to align the company more closely with the Government in order to achieve high levels of compliance with the laws of the land and, in so doing, attain security of tenure and the social licence for Lafarge to operate in South Africa."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>South Africans to the fore</strong></p> <p>Development of a local talent pool was an identified priority as South Africa was short of mature executive managers with overseas experience. "We brought South Africans onto the board, nurtured them and trained them and arranged for international exposure through the Lafarge Group's global operations," says Mazwai. "It is immensely satisfying to see South Africans on the local company boards, others returning from secondments in foreign countries to take up senior management positions, as well as South African women now travelling the world as Lafarge Vice-Presidents.</p> <p><strong>Fostering community leadership</strong></p> <p>For the longer term, it makes sound business sense to invest in skills development and the education of our youth who will be future customers, employees and leaders of businesses such as Lafarge. During her tenure, Mazwai facilitated significant and measurable investment in education and community development around the Lafarge operating sites. Relationships with many such communities had to be improved and a new strategy was required. "Success comes down to creating an environment that is conducive to success," vows Mazwai.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Difficult business environment</strong></p> <p>Despite coinciding with one of the worst recessions the world has seen and South Africa's building materials industry being a difficult business environment, Lafarge South Africa displayed praiseworthy resilience and delivered good results under Mazwai's chairmanship.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Social investment put on a business footing</strong></p> <p>Underlying Mazwai's focus on people is a pragmatic businesswoman. "We had built our own successful company (Motjoli Resources) and were acutely aware that the best of intentions for transformation and community upliftment have to be funded and sustained by a solid successful business." Social investment projects have to be treated as any well-run business project with budgets, targets and timelines. There was also a new and important emphasis on auditable results, making it clear to beneficiaries the meaning of accountability and the fact that funding could not be open-ended.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Integrated country structure</strong></p> <p>One of the fundamental changes initiated by Lafarge has been the restructuring of the Group on a country basis. "Implementation of such a fundamental change to an organisation has been both challenging and fascinating," comments Mazwai. Two years down the line, the Country structure is increasingly producing efficiencies and generating extra business from its more customer focused approach under the leadership of a Country CEO, Mr Thierry Legrand. "There is now more pride in being a unified South African entity that has responsibility for and is accountable for its destiny," she says.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The new Chair</strong></p> <p><strong>"</strong>With the building blocks in place for a successful future for Lafarge in South Africa, I am delighted to be handing over to Thandi Orleyn. She is a warm, approachable person and a high achiever, who is already familiar with the company's ambitions," adds Mazwai. "For my part, I am passionate about the future of the mining industry in this country and continue to serve as deputy chairman of the ministerial advisory board<em>,</em> while deciding what new challenges to undertake."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>NOTES TO EDITORS</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Lafarge</strong></p> <p>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>&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; 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>&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 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>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>For further information, please contact:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Charlene Lamb</p> <p>Country Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Charlene.Lamb@lafarge.com" target="" title="">Charlene.Lamb@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><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false EN-ZA X-NONE X-NONE </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-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:107%; 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;} </style> <![endif]--></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:53:36 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_1404309201335/PR#2034352666&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-04-22T13:53:36Z CEMENT AND RMX RECEIVE PMR AWARDS 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_1404309381406/PR#2127488214&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> </xml><![endif]--></p> <p><strong>Innovation differentiates Lafarge South Africa</strong></p> <p>Lafarge South Africa, the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, the world leader in building materials, is proud to be the recipient of Diamond Arrow and Golden Arrow 2014 PMR Awards.</p> <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false EN-ZA X-NONE X-NONE </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-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:107%; 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;} </style> <![endif]--></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> </xml><![endif]--></p> <p>The company has been highly successful in achieving differentiation in the marketplace through its strategy of innovation. Backed by the Group's unequalled technical strength, the company provides the construction industry with innovative product and service solutions in line with the Group's brand baseline of <em>‘Building better cities'</em>.&nbsp; This reflects its ambition to contribute to building cities that are desirable, sustainable living environments accessible to all people.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The company's Diamond Arrow Award winning Readymix team was the highest rated in its category. In 2013, it launched its Efficient Building Systems (EBS), which focuses on efficient, more productive construction methodologies, while meeting society's need for more durable and beautiful concrete structures. The innovative EBS products and services provide solutions to meet key criteria for sustainable building: energy efficiency and carbon dioxide (CO<sub>2</sub>) performance, affordable fast construction, and unique design for the end-user. Lafarge Readymix innovations that are transforming building methods include the Agilia<sup><sup>TM</sup> </sup>range of self-compacting concrete and the unique Hydromedia<sup><sup>TM</sup></sup>, Lafarge's technical breakthrough in porous concrete.</p> <p>Lafarge South Africa's cement business line, winner of a Golden Arrow Award, was the first local cement manufacturer to offer a complete range of extended more environmentally-friendly cements throughout all strength classes. It continues to excel at innovation and, displaying how the company's cement team heeds its customers and develops solutions for their needs, recently launched SupaSet. SupaSet is a remarkable ready-to-use product for quickly setting poles in position. A first of its kind in the local market, SupaSet takes only 10-15 minutes to set.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><em>"</em><em>We extend our appreciation to the construction industry which rated Lafarge South Africa's Readymix and Cement business lines so highly in the PMR Awards" says Lafarge South Africa's Country CEO, Thierry Legrand. "The awards will inspire us to continue using our strength at innovation to achieve even higher levels of customer satisfaction."</em></p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><strong>ENDS</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>NOTES TO EDITORS</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Lafarge</strong></p> <p>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>&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; 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>&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 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>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>For further information, please contact:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Charlene Lamb</p> <p>Country Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Charlene.Lamb@lafarge.com" target="" title="">Charlene.Lamb@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><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false EN-ZA X-NONE X-NONE </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-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:107%; 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;} </style> <![endif]--></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:56:58 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_1404309381406/PR#2127488214&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-04-16T13:56:58Z LAFARGE PROVIDES CEMENT SOLUTION FOR VISIONARY WESTONARIA BORWA DEVELOPMENT 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_1404309404625/PR#1975594989&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> </xml><![endif]--></p> <p>Lafarge South Africa, the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, the world leader in building materials, is closely involved in Phase 1 of the visionary Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for Westonaria Borwa in the West Rand. This exciting development perfectly illustrates the essence of Lafarge's new branding with its ambition to contribute to <em>Building better cities. </em>The ambition reflects the huge global trend to urbanisation that we witness dramatically throughout South Africa. The Group is committed to using its unparalleled technical strength to help provide solutions for building better cities that are more compact, have more housing, more durable, more connected, more beautiful and are more desirable places in which people can live, work and play</p> <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false EN-ZA X-NONE X-NONE </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-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:107%; 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;} </style> <![endif]--></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p><!--[if !mso]> <style> v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} </style> <![endif]--></p> <p>Conceived in terms of the National Government's &lsquo;Breaking New Ground' policy, Phase 1 of&nbsp; Westonaria Borwa consists of 1&nbsp;547 housing units, with the total project scope comprising approximately 6&nbsp;700 housing units. The IDP embodies all forms of housing tenure including fully-subsidised housing, bonded housing and social housing, as well as all the relevant ancillary land uses such as institutional, educational and commercial. 1 150 houses in Phase&nbsp;1 are intended to be fully-subsidised houses, and the remainder will be bonded houses and apartments. Lafarge South Africa's cement business line worked with the developer, Crimson King Properties, to develop the optimum solution for the project's cement requirements. Lafarge is supplying the versatile premium technical cement, Powercrete Plus 42,5R, which is supplied in bulk to an on-site silo that has been provided by Lafarge.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Private public partnership working well</strong></p> <p>The development is being undertaken in a partnership between Crimson King Properties, who also donated the land, and the Gauteng Department of Human Settlement. The subsidy component of the development is designed to assist in the relocation of residents on the official housing waiting list, coming from the nearby informal settlement of Bekkersdal.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"In addition to batching their concrete, the developer had the capability to batch their own mortar and plaster. The optimum solution was to standardise on using only bulk Powercrete Plus instead of several different grades or bagged product," says Lafarge's Mike Fisher, Key Accounts Manager - National Construction.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To date, 1&nbsp;547 residential stands have been fully serviced with water, sewer, roads, stormwater and electricity reticulation. 1&nbsp;000 fully-subsidised units have been built and a further 150 fully-subsidised units are under construction. The finishing work required is tiling, door fitting, glazing, painting, plumbing and installation of ceilings. Installation of street lights has been completed.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"Lafarge really stands out as a supplier - their support has been a tremendous help," says Crimson King's Plant Manager, Francois Marais. "From the very beginning, they worked with us to understand what the Borwa scheme would involve, what we would need and how they could help. Standardising on the versatile Powercrete Plus cement was certainly the right decision - it has enabled us to batch customised mix designs conveniently on site by blending with extra fly ash. The mixes have excellent workability and give well above standard strength results with no rework required. Lafarge not only supplied a silo for Powercrete Plus but they also supplied another for fly ash. Lafarge is certainly credited with playing a significant role in the successful implementation of the Borwa scheme."</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Focus on sustainable development of labour and entrepreneurs</strong></p> <p>Construction of 150 of the subsidised houses is being carried out under a Community Builder's Programme launched by Crimson King Properties in partnership with the Westonaria Local Municipality. The Programme is based on the principles of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), which will create jobs as well as provide valuable training for approximately 150 unskilled and semi-skilled workers.<em> </em>In addition, the aim is to enhance the skills of approximately ten SMME's that have been identified through local community liaison structures.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>An exciting future</strong></p> <p>As well as the rapid progress being achieved with the housing units in Phase 1, the civil services for Phase II are already 22% complete. The prospects for providing disadvantaged communities in the area with good housing and the basic facilities that will form a desirable modern city are looking exciting.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"The ultimate concept for Westonaria Borwa," adds Lafarge's Fisher, "is to create a fully sustainable development with clinics, churches, primary schools, cr&egrave;ches and public parks. Lafarge is proud to be part of this successful and visionary scheme."&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> &nbsp; <p><strong>ENDS</strong></p> <p><strong>NOTES TO EDITORS</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Lafarge</strong></p> <p>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>&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; 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>&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 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>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>For further information, please contact:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Charlene Lamb</p> <p>Country Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Charlene.Lamb@lafarge.com" target="" title="">Charlene.Lamb@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><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false false EN-ZA X-NONE X-NONE </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-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:107%; 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;} </style> <![endif]--></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:56:50 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_1404309404625/PR#1975594989&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-04-02T13:56:50Z Lafarge Gypsum’s Finesse: Changing spaces at less cost 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_1404308499577/PR#891512001&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false EN-ZA X-NONE X-NONE </xml><![endif]--></p> <p>Because the only thing certain in life is change, Lafarge Gypsum's Finesse&reg; Demountable Partition System has been designed to evolve with the needs of end users, the people who are going to be comfortable in their spaces as building interiors require transformation to suit new requirements.</p> <p><!--[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>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false EN-ZA X-NONE X-NONE </xml><![endif]--></p> <p>Charl Neser, Office Installations Co-ordinator at TSA Properties, says his company uses Finesse&reg; in all of its commercial space installations, not only for its exceptional freedom in planning and efficient use of floor space, but for safety and environmental impact reduction. "The Finesse&reg; Demountable Partition System is easy to assemble and if the client changes a plan, it's easy to breakdown and reuse at least 70% to 80% of the material, which means cost savings and a lower carbon footprint. It is also important to us to use products with a good fire rating which is vital to the safety of those using the buildings."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Managing Director of Lafarge Gypsum South Africa Jean-Paul Croze says all Lafarge Plasterboards are tested to SANS 10177 part 2 - 1981. "Walls can be designed to suite fire rating requirements up to a two-hour fire rating and we recommend these for high risk areas such at kitchens.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"The Lafarge Gypsum commitment to Building Better Cities includes interiors, where safety, noise reduction, comfort and eco-friendliness for a key part of our business strategy. We understand every requirement, from concept through to construction and liveability; as well as the bigger picture, which is a building's impact on our planet. Our listing on ecospecifier.com and our SABS ratings across a range of products means architects, interior designers and construction companies can be sure they're giving their clients the best environments they can."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Neser adds that combining the Lafarge Finesse&reg; Demountable Partition System with the company's Ceiling Grid and 9mm vinyl ceiling tiles gives offices a "look that is upmarket and pleasing to work in".</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In an age where technology determines the functionality of an office, the Finesse System provides cavities or power skirting to enclose all electrical, data and communication cables. "The premium quality aluminium components also allow for a combination of full height and low level partitions using a single system," Croze says, adding that a choice of centre, double or offset glazing and integral blinds can be used to take advantage of light while inhibiting noise and offering privacy.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"TSA would recommend the Finesse system and other Lafarge Gypsum products to anyone designing an interior space that may need to change to suit family or commercial needs," Neser says. "Combining safety, ease of use, looks and eco-impact is key to sustainable commercial interiors."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>&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; ENDS</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>NOTES TO EDITORS</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Lafarge</strong></p> <p>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>&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; 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>&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 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. 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>&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>Charlene Lamb</p> <p>Country Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Charlene.Lamb@lafarge-za.lafarge.com" target="" title="">Charlene.Lamb@lafarge-za.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><!--[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> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:41:40 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_1404308499577/PR#891512001&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-03-25T14:41:40Z Lafarge Gypsum raises the bar on ceilings 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_1404308982212/PR#443545685&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false EN-ZA X-NONE X-NONE </xml><![endif]--></p> <p>Lafarge Gypsum has raised the bar - to ceiling height. Once a mostly ignored part of interior design, ceilings are now an integral part of the aesthetics and performance of both homes and offices, housing lighting and incorporating various style and safety features.</p> <p><!--[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>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false EN-ZA X-NONE X-NONE </xml><![endif]--></p> <p>As a company dedicated to building better cities, world leader Lafarge Gypsum believes ceiling systems should be quick to install, practical and effective at meeting both sound, thermal and fire insulation standards. Jean-Paul Croze, Managing Director of Lafarge Gypsum South Africa, says the company's range of components meet these needs and satisfy a number of other requirements. "Our ceiling solutions include decorative mouldings, access panels and solutions for curved or vaulted ceilings. Importantly, the range is not only fire resistant and 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>The launch of the SABS-tested Lafarge Master Grid<sup>TM</sup> in March 2013 highlights again Lafarge Gypsum's South Africa's commitment to industry excellence by providing innovative and high performance systems for the local building industry. Croze says: "The benefits to the suspended ceiling include added strength in the grid system that allows it to handle a minimum weight of 27kg/sqm and 41kg/sqm for the plaster grid system with a safety factor of 2,5, this ensures low deflection under extreme loads." He adds that fire safety has also been addressed with innovative Fire Punch Out holes that retain 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.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Plastered Suspended ceilings, using 15mm Fire Check Boards in buildings can conceal and protect unsightly structural elements while providing up to 120 minutes fire resistance, as well as thermal and sound insulation. Standard Plasterboard and Fire Check Boards have excellent thermal properties with low k-values of 0.104 and 0.129 W/m.K respectively.&nbsp; Lafarge Gypsum has various solutions for acoustical solutions, exposed Master Grid with 9mm ceiling tiles without insulation provide acoustical insulation of 25dB, which can be increased to 33dB with the use of added insulative materials.&nbsp; For higher acoustical demands, Lafarge Gypsum can offer customised solutions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>All of this is cleverly integrated with design and the permutations offered by Lafarge Gypsum are limitless, providing broader scope within modest budgets. "Lafarge Plasterboard can be used dry to form curves with radii of 1000mm or, when wet, with a radius as small as 600mm," Croze says. "Thicker plasterboards may also be curved if wet first. Lafarge Plasterboard Ceiling Solutions combine hangers with curved channels that are ideal for constructing curved ceilings of virtually any shape or size, adding a touch of luxury to any room."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As an environmentally sensitive company, Lafarge is focussed on providing products that are safe for the environment and for communities. "We are the only plasterboard producer in South Africa with ecospecifier-listed products; an accreditation that, along with SANS 266, gives architects, designers and developers the peace of mind to design creatively while ensuring safety."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ends</p> <p><em>&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;&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; </em></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</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>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>&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; 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>&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 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. 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>&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>Charlene Lamb</p> <p>Country Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Charlene.Lamb@lafarge-za.lafarge.com" target="" title="">Charlene.Lamb@lafarge-za.lafarge.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Glass Communication Management</p> <p><!--[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> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:50:59 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_1404308982212/PR#443545685&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-03-12T14:50:59Z LAFARGE SPONSORS NEW ENGINEERING INITIATIVE 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_1404308475743/PR#1717849472&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false EN-ZA X-NONE X-NONE </xml><![endif]--></p> <p>Lafarge South Africa, the world leader in building materials is proud to announce that they are the new sponsor of the University of Johannesburg's Civil Engineering Student Society. This three year sponsorship is one that goes far beyond the simple branding of a building - it's an important partnership of support, training and skills development. "We at Lafarge are very proud to partner with the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in contributing to creating highly valuable human capital. Today's students are tomorrow's leaders and engineers, who help to shape our country and ultimately build better cities," says Desmond Maharaj, GM Cement, Lafarge South Africa.</p> <p><!--[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>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p><!--[if !mso]> <style> v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} </style> <![endif]--></p> <p>Lafarge South Africa is the local presence of the international Lafarge Group. The company will provide a deeper insight into the world of civil engineering to the UJ-Civil Engineering Society, a student organisation for engineering students. This will be achieved through technical presentations, the supply of products for students to help complete practical applications as per their course requirements, and to raise funds through events such as the upcoming Annual UJ-Civil Golf Day in April.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>The UJ-Civil Engineering Society will visit other universities that offer engineering courses in order to experience their facilities and to learn more about their courses.&nbsp;Lafarge will be supporting these initiatives wherever possible.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>The first will be a site visit for final year students to the Lafarge plant based in Moscow, Russia, later this year.&nbsp; This destination has been chosen because of the significant civil engineering work being undertaken in the city.&nbsp;&nbsp;As a member of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Russia is one of the world's major emerging economies and, as such, offers a wide range of infrastructure development, which will be of great academic interest. These students will gain insight into the manufacture of cement, aggregates and concrete at the Lafarge Plant in Russia.</p> <p>Lafarge's objective is to make a positive contribution to society and this is just one of the many Lafarge projects that are&nbsp; currently underway to support skills development and partner with educational institutions to build a better South Africa for all.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>ENDS</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>NOTES TO EDITORS</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Lafarge</strong></p> <p>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>&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; 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>&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 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>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>For further information, please contact:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Charlene Lamb</p> <p>Country Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Charlene.Lamb@lafarge-za.lafarge.com" target="" title="">Charlene.Lamb@lafarge-za.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><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false false EN-ZA X-NONE X-NONE </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> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 14:41:57 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_1404308475743/PR#1717849472&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-03-04T14:41:57Z INNOVATIVE LAFARGE CONCRETES USED IN AWARD-WINNING MANENBERG CONTACT CENTRE 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_1404308170611/PR#1278512139&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false EN-ZA X-NONE X-NONE </xml><![endif]--></p> <p>Lafarge South Africa is the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, the world leader in building materials. The Group's new brand baseline ‘<em>Building better cities'</em><strong> </strong>pledges Lafarge's commitment to help create sustainable cities and rural developments that are desirable sustainable living environments. Lafarge South Africa's innovative Agilia<sup><sup>TM</sup> </sup>self-compacting concrete and Artevia<sup><sup>TM</sup> </sup>decorative concretes are examples of providing construction solutions that are helping to build better, more durable and more beautiful cities for all of our people.</p> <p><!--[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>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p><!--[if !mso]> <style> v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} </style> <![endif]--></p> <p>The products were used in the environmentally sustainable design of the Manenberg Contact Centre in Lansdowne Road, Cape Town, which was recognised with a 4 Star Green Star SA - Office v1 Design rating. The project also won the Lafarge South Africa Artevia<sup><sup>TM</sup></sup> Polish award for Cape Town based, QS Concrete Grinding &amp; Polishing for the flooring. In addition to the high calibre aesthetic appearance of the floors, the use of Lafarge's light-coloured Artevia<sup><sup>TM</sup></sup> Polish helped in reducing the need for more lighting, while improving the thermal efficiency of the building.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In designing the Centre, the City of Cape Town's architects set out to create an iconic building in both form and function. Extensive use of highly specified off-shutter finishes for internal and external concrete walls were achieved with Lafarge's unique Agilia<sup><sup>TM</sup></sup> Vertical. The exceptional fluidity of Agilia<sup><sup>TM</sup> </sup>allows it to flow easily through reinforcing without the need for vibration. This eliminates some traditional building steps, enhancing productivity and enabling cost optimisation. In addition, the fluidity of the product achieves smoother concrete finishes on vertical applications with reduced need for remedial work.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The strikingly attractive, durable Manenberg Contact Centre is a source of pride for local communities, who now have a convenient one-stop centre to pay municipal accounts and deal with a wide range of municipal service delivery functions. To help create the sense of pride and ownership among the local communities, art components of concrete façade panels and landscape features were developed with the residents.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lafarge South Africa's Product Development Manager - Readymix, Anathi Zitumane, congratulated the project team on the excellent outcome saying: "We are proud that our innovative concretes contributed to the success of the Centre. Agilia<sup><sup>TM</sup></sup> and Artevia<sup><sup>TM</sup>&nbsp; </sup>have<sup>&nbsp; </sup>been stimulating new trends in modern concrete design and setting higher standards of quality finishes in the concrete application industry, in line with Lafarge South Africa's focus on <em>Building better cities.</em>"</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> &nbsp; <p>ENDS</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>NOTES TO EDITORS</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Lafarge</strong></p> <p>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>&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; 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>&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 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. The Group has for many years been a leader in sustainable development and was the first industrial group to enter into a worldwide ‘Conservation Partnership' with the environmental protection organisation, WWF International.</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>Charlene Lamb</p> <p>Country Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Charlene.Lamb@lafarge-za.lafarge.com" target="" title="">Charlene.Lamb@lafarge-za.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><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> &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;&nbsp; <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false false EN-ZA X-NONE X-NONE </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> Sun, 02 Feb 2014 14:36:16 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_1404308170611/PR#1278512139&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-02-02T14:36:16Z Concrete Achiever of the Year 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_1404307949828/PR#35537522&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false EN-ZA X-NONE X-NONE </xml><![endif]--></p> <p><strong>An immense contribution recognised</strong></p> <p>At the annual Chairman's Breakfast event of the inland branch of the Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA) on 21 November, the Concrete Achiever of the Year Award was presented to Dr Reinhold Amtsb&uuml;chler, the recently retired manager of Lafarge South Africa's Quality Department Southern Africa (QDSA).</p> <p><!--[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>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p><!--[if !mso]> <style> v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} </style> <![endif]--></p> <p>Presenting the award, Chairperson of the CSSA inland branch, Hanlie Turner, said: "It gives us enormous pleasure to present Dr&nbsp;Amtsb&uuml;chler with this award as a mark of the esteem in which he is held by our industry. He has had a huge influence on the South African concrete fraternity. Rarely has there been such overwhelming consensus in the Concrete Society as to who should receive the award."&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr Amtsb&uuml;chler retired on 1 July 2013 after dedicating 31 years of service to Lafarge South Africa, the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, the world leader in building materials. In 1996 he established and, until his retirement, was in charge of Lafarge QDSA's SANAS accredited Civil Engineering testing facility at Industria, Johannesburg, and can boast seventeen years of continuous accreditation. The facility provides technical and laboratory services support for the Lafarge South Africa cement and fly ash operations, as well as other members of the industry. In addition, it assists Lafarge operations in sub-Saharan Africa with special testing requirements, quality and process related training and projects.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>He graduated at Vienna University in 1973 with a Civil Engineering degree and obtained his Doctorate in Technical Science from Innsbruck University in Austria in 1993. He started his working career with consulting engineers in Austria and South Africa, and as a project engineer in Iran. Since 1976, Dr Amtsb&uuml;chler has been a registered Professional Engineer in South Africa.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>He also worked for a major readymix concrete company in Austria as Group concrete technologist, before returning to South Africa in 1982. Joining Ash Resources as Technical Manager, he played a major role in establishing a sound fly ash business in Southern Africa and even export opportunities in the Middle East. His involvement with the local cement industry began with Blue Circle South Africa, which became Lafarge South Africa Holdings.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr Amtsb&uuml;chler has been involved in concrete mix design for many major concrete projects, as well as the development of innovative cementitious products, in particular fly ash based cements.&nbsp; Some of the notable projects include Katse Dam and other Lesotho Highlands Water Projects (the thesis of his Technical Doctorate was used for the tunnel lining technology of the shotcrete and shuttering techniques); Mozal Aluminium Smelter; Maguga Dam in Swaziland; Lesotho's Metolong Dam and projects throughout Namibia, Mozambique, Botswana and Lafarge South East Africa countries (Tanzania, Malwai, Zambia and Zimbabwe).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Two recent examples of his wide-ranging contributions to the industry were the development of concrete mixes for Metolong Dam in Lesotho, which resulted in the incorporation of a Lafarge CEM II Low Heat cement in place of the traditional CEM I products, and his aggregates assessment and development of a concrete mix for the aggressive environment encountered at the Kasane Sewage Works project in northern Botswana.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr Amtsb&uuml;chler's technical expertise has always been especially valuable through his ability and ready willingness to communicate his knowledge and wise counsel. One of his greatest legacies will be the dozens of chemistry and engineering graduates that have acquired the skills and passion for cement and concrete under his mentorship.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><em>ENDS</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>&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; ENDS</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>NOTES TO EDITORS</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Lafarge</strong></p> <p>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>&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; 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>&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 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. 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>&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>Charlene Lamb</p> <p>Country Communications Manager</p> <p>011&nbsp;657 0000</p> <p><a href="mailto:Charlene.Lamb@lafarge-za.lafarge.com" target="" title="">Charlene.Lamb@lafarge-za.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><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> &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; <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false false EN-ZA X-NONE X-NONE </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> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:32:23 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_1404307949828/PR#35537522&amp;amp;xts=481241&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2013-11-27T14:32:23Z