On Saturday 9 May 2015, Lafarge South Africa held a Lafarge Community Day event at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto to celebrate its partnership with the stadium management. The impressively Lafarge branded stadium was the setting for a day of non-stop entertainment and soccer tournaments, enjoyed by company employees and their families, together with invited guests and learners and staff from surrounding Orlando schools.
One of the country's leading building materials manufacturers, Lafarge South Africa is the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, a world leader in building materials. Recognising the strong global trend to urbanisation, the company is committed to providing innovative products and solutions that will help in Building better cities, as well as the development of better, more sustainable local communities.
Lafarge South Africa's Country CEO, Ken MacLean, welcomed everyone to the event and said: "Through having a strong presence in all of our construction related business lines: cement, aggregates, ready-mixed concrete, fly ash and gypsum plasterboard systems, Lafarge South Africa is in a unique position to contribute to Building better communities, whether these are in our rapidly growing cities or in rural towns, villages and informal settlements. Most importantly, we care about people and recognise that we can play a role in providing a better future for the people in the communities close to our operating sites."
The famous Orlando Stadium hosted two soccer tournaments sponsored by Lafarge South Africa: one for Lafarge employees, followed by an SOS Village Under 17's soccer tournament, involving teams from various local schools and an orphanage. The teams received soccer kits donated by the company, as well as trophies for the winning sides.
"The Lafarge Employee and Community Day event marked another milestone in the great stadium's history and Lafarge's involvement with local communities," commented Lafarge South Africa's Country Marketing Manager, Alta Theron. "Our partnership arrangement with Orlando Stadium emphasises that we have always been, and always will be, very much a part of the South African community."
Lafarge South Africa and sustainable development
All of Lafarge South Africa's operating sites have active corporate social responsibility programmes that contribute to the betterment of their neighbouring communities, and also encourage the involvement of employees through a global Group Volunteering initiative. The local company is especially focused on helping to improve the education environment for our youth. This is being implemented through the Lafarge Education and Community Trusts, which have introduced ongoing holistic programmes of education upliftment at 11 schools in the North West Province, and 26 schools in northern KwaZulu-Natal. In addition, the Trusts collaborate with the SA National Council for the Blind to help those with visual impairments obtain qualifications and take their place in society.
A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 63,000 people in 61 countries, and posted sales of €12.8 billion in 2014. 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, pulverised fly ash, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings through its various business units. 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.
Additional information is available on the website at www.lafarge.co.za