A handover ceremony of ten houses on 15 May 2017 in Saldanha showcased the active commitment to sustainable development of Lafarge Mining South Africa (Lafarge), a member of the international LafargeHolcim group, the world leader in building materials. For the delighted beneficiaries of the 42 square metre houses in the White City community, the ceremony marked a day that was beyond their dreams. The quality new homes have been built by Lafarge in collaboration with the Saldanha Bay Local Municipality.
Human Settlements Deputy Minister, Zou Kota-Fredericks, who attended the handover ceremony, commended Lafarge Mining South Africa for their commitment and hard work, which ensured that ten destitute families in White City, Saldanha Bay Municipality, have houses over their heads. Amongst the beneficiaries were the elderly, persons with disabilities, as well as women and child headed households.
"As government, we're here today to support this positive initiative and thank all those who have contributed in the construction of these houses. This gesture of good will from Lafarge and their partners indicate that the call by government for partnerships between the public and private sector in the provision of houses is now bearing fruit," said Kota-Fredericks.
The land the houses are built on was donated by Premier Fishing and serviced by the municipality, with the project creating a total of 88 jobs for members of the community.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Lafarge General Manager for Aggregates, Noriko Solomon, wished the new homeowners good health and happiness for many years in their surroundings. She added, "While the challenge to house South Africa's people is a daunting one, the stakeholders in Saldanha can be proud of the positive milestone reached. More than anything, this occasion celebrates the importance of working together - partnerships where each one contributes what it is best able to provide."
Chantelle Williams, the youngest beneficiary of the project, said she was grateful for the houses her community received. She thanked all the stakeholders, especially employees of Lafarge and the municipality for working hard and not giving up on making their dream come true when times were hard. She said she is looking forward to living happily ever after in her new home, and that this year's winter will not be the same, because she and those around her will finally be staying in decent, quality housing.
LafargeHolcim has sustainable development as a core value, and promotes awareness of the important role that architecture, engineering, urban planning, building materials and construction have in achieving a more sustainable future. The group's technical leadership in sustainable innovative building material solutions impacts all aspects of construction, from advanced design ‘green' structures for building better cities, to the requirement for all of its subsidiary companies to contribute to building better communities in the areas surrounding their operations.
"While these ten houses comply with the Social Labour Plan statutory requirement for a mining licence, they also demonstrate our belief that quality, durable construction can be achieved," added Solomon. The foundations and floors of the houses were built using guaranteed quality Readymix concrete from the Lafarge Saldanha Readymix plant, formulated with slag extender to enhance durability while reducing the carbon footprint of the construction. The Saldanha Quarry supplied the 19mm aggregate used in the concrete.
In the affordable housing sector, Lafarge has exciting developments in the pipeline. To enhance our offering in this area, we have put together an experienced project team who are taking a holistic look at affordable housing from finance to design and innovative materials. The aim is to ensure the benefits of LafargeHolcim's technical leadership in sustainable development flow not only to the broader residential and commercial property market, but also help to build better communities.
Lafarge South Africa is a leading building solutions provider offering the local construction industry an extensive range of quality, lower-carbon footprint products ideally suited for the construction of houses. This includes innovative cements, mortars, plasters and ready mix concrete with guaranteed consistent quality, as well as global branded products such as ArteviaTM decorative concretes and the unique HydromediaTM permeable concretes. We also provide a convenient service for homeowners' projects in the form of ready-to-use quality concrete and mortar in the 500 litre EkhayaBag.
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