Lafarge South Africa hands over classrooms on Kaalfontein school's 20th anniversary


On 12 June 2015, Lafarge South Africa's Country CEO, Ken MacLean, handed-over four new classrooms to the Busy Bee Primary School near Kaalfontein, Gauteng, on the occasion of the school's 20th anniversary. Congratulating the school on this milestone, MacLean said "Lafarge South Africa believes in being a responsible and supportive neighbour to the communities close to its operating sites. Nothing is more important in our endeavours to contribute to the sustainable development of local communities than helping the children receive a proper education. We are pleased to have made a significant contribution to improving the well-being of these children."  


Caring for over a hundred children in dilapidated and unsafe buildings, the small farm school was providing a remarkable service for the surrounding community. Director of the Busy Bee Primary School, Gloria Padi, commented, "When we asked for a cement donation, we had no idea that it would solicit such a wonderful response. Thanks to Lafarge South Africa, our children have beautiful, warm classrooms - I can't begin to tell you how it has changed their lives, as well as the lives of the teachers."

One of the country's leading building materials manufacturers, Lafarge South Africa's operating units manufacture cement, ready-mixed concrete, aggregates, fly ash, and gypsum plasterboard for interior partition and ceiling systems. The company is the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, a world leader in building materials committed to providing innovative products and solutions that will help in Building better cities that are desirable, living environments for all people. In South Africa, this commitment recognises that the basic need is for a better, more sustainable quality of life, whether in cities, rural towns or villages, and is expressed as Lafarge South Africa's ambition to contribute to building better communities.


A key strength of Lafarge South Africa is its ability to address a challenging project holistically and offer an innovative, integrated solution that meets the needs of the situation. In the case of the Busy Bee Primary School, the clear need was to provide four well-built classrooms as soon as possible, before the children were exposed to another Highveld winter. As a leading player in the plasterboard ceilings and partition market, the Lafarge Gypsum business unit was able to take the lead in this project and provide 

a rapid high quality solution. This approach was also in line with the Government's strategy of promoting Advanced Building Technology (ABT) construction in all of its social infrastructure projects.

A design for a new school block comprising four classrooms, each of approximately 65 m², was drawn up. Inclusive of a good outside covered walkway, the total area was 316 m². The Lafarge Readymix team provided over 26 m³ of concrete as a sound screed and foundation for the floor. Lafarge Gypsum supplied 1 365 m of Lightweight Steel Frame for the wall frames and roof trusses, together with all insulation and cladding. All fitting systems and materials such as roof sheeting, gutters and downpipes, were also supplied or sourced by Lafarge Gypsum.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ENDS



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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.


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