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 Française of Pretoria.
The project will be an asset for the local community and Lafarge's support is in line with the Group's brand baseline of ‘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.
Over the years, the Alliance Française 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.
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.
The stage has been constructed using Lafarge ArteviaTM Polish, a decorative concrete with 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 HydromediaTM, 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.
"Lafarge South Africa is proud to be associated with the Alliance Française 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."