When the SABC put out a call on its "Touching Lives" segment of the daily news, Lafarge
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 ‘Building better cities' which means 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.
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 76m2 house on Friday 25 April to this deserving family.
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 ‘Building better cities' 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.
"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.
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.
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.
NOTES TO EDITORS
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.
Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity to help build better cities around the world: more beautiful cities that are better connected, have more housing, and are more compact and durable. Since 2010, the Lafarge Group has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the first global sustainability benchmark, in recognition of its sustainable development actions.
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.
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.
Additional information is available on the website at www.lafarge.co.za
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