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.
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.
"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.
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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. 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.
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