12 September 2014: An incredible 38 awards were presented by Lafarge Community Trust (LCT) at the Bodibe Community Awards Ceremony which took place at the Mokakana Primary School in the North West Province. A new award was added this year by LCT, ‘Best Community Garden' to further support much needed self-sustainability within the community.
The aim of the Lafarge Community Trust (LCT) Awards ceremony is to give recognition to those who have applied themselves to their studies and to those who played significant role in helping to uplift their community.
"We were excited by the quality of the nominations for the best household garden, the idea behind this new award is to encourage the building of self-sustaining vegetable gardens at the homes of community members so that they can put food on the table and if possible to sell any excess to boost their income", said Mpogeng Nkgadima, Programme Manager Lafarge Education and Community Trusts.
To bolster this initiative, the Trusts asked the community to enter the ‘Best Household Garden'. The judges asked finalists when and why the garden was established, what was planted in the garden, how it was maintained and how it benefited the members of the household. The winner will receive R1000, while two runners-ups share R1250. All these finalists will receive training towards improving their gardens.
Lafarge Cement has a deep-rooted relationship with the Bodibe Community. This relationship has been the motivator for the inaugural education upliftment initiatives organised by the Trusts.
In 2006, LCT and LET Trusts were created by major building materials company, Lafarge South Africa, local subsidiary of the international Lafarge Group, the world leader in building materials. By introducing awards for excellence, the Trust's aim was to encourage the schools to be more proactive with the initiatives that promote learning, encourage the spirit of volunteerism among learners, educators and community members as well as to encourage all community members to rise above the norm and excel in what they do. Since the Awards inception the event has more than met its intended objectives.
Over and above the Best Household Garden there were 11 categories for learners: They are: Learner overcoming life challenges; Overall top achiever; Best learner; Best School Leadership; Enterprise and community Award; Innovation Award; Best Educator - Science; Best Educator - English; Best Educator - Maths; Best household garden; LET Bursary Students with distinctions.
Lafarge Community Trust 2014 Bodibe Community Awards winners:
NOTES TO EDITORS
A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of €15.2 billion in 2013. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.
In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, readymixed concrete, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better cities, rural towns and villages.
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.
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