Lafarge sponsors heated debate tournament in Motherwell community Port Elizabeth

05.09.2014
 

Port Elizabeth 05 September 2014: Lafarge South Africa is proudly hosting the 2014 Debating Tournament at the ETC Conference Centre, Port Elizabeth, for the school community of Motherwell, including one school from Booysen Park for the second time. Lafarge, as the main sponsor of the event is encouraged and pleased to see 10 schools participating this year."Lafarge decided to sponsor this tournament as it is our policy to encourage our operating sites to be involved in projects that benefit the surrounding communities. In assessing community projects to support, the Debate Tournament satisfies many of the criteria that we use to assess such projects.  One of the key points that we look for is whether there is a sustainable benefit. Learning to stand up and confidently present a clear line of argument in English is valuable training that will benefit learners from all walks of life, and certainly qualifies in terms of our sustainability criteria", says Jacques Schutte, Lafarge South Africa's Country Strategy and Business Development Manager.

 

 

Esther Seabi, Transformation Manager, Lafarge South Africa strongly supports debating as a valuable tool for Lafarge's CSI programme. For the debating tournament, the students had to research set topics and develop strong well-reasoned arguments", says Seabi. This year the debate teams are expected to speak persuasively and defend their opinions in a very heated and exciting event in which top-notch arguments and counter-arguments will be the order of the day. The debate tournament includes five rounds, two semi finals and a final round in which the last motion ‘South Africa is a good example of a democratic state' will be debated.

 

Winning teams will receive IT Resources generously supplied by sponsor Lafarge South Africa. Prizes include laptops, printers and internet access to enhance the learning experience for these deserving schools.

 

By making use of the basic formal SACEE (South African Council for English Education) debating rules, a practical structure is set and consistency in standard is achieved. More specifically this debate competition addresses the need to improve communication, research and critical thinking skills.

 

"At Lafarge we take a holistic view of education instead of just pursuing more matric passes. We want to assist learners from disadvantaged backgrounds to be well educated, articulate and good all-round citizens ­- this is why we feel debating tournaments are so important", explains Schutte.

 

Lafarge regularly forms partnerships of this nature as a proudly South African company. "Our success depends on these students becoming engineers, managers, leaders and possibly our customers in the future. We want to be closely involved with the betterment of young South Africans", explains Seabi.

 

Background: Lafarge CSI policy:

"We firmly believe that a responsible company must meet the challenges of society; that it has an active role to play in the development of the communities within which it operates; and that the implementation of proactive measures in favour of sustainability creates value not only for its shareholders, but also its teams, its customers and all its stakeholders". (Lafarge Sustainability: Our ambitions for 2020 handbook).

 

Lafarge is committed to having a positive impact on its stakeholders, particularly the communities within which it operates. To this end, Lafarge makes a variety of investments into the wellbeing of the communities. This includes product donations, monetary contributions and other non-cash support extended to beneficiaries.

 

Lafarge South Africa, the local subsidiary of the international Lafarge Group, the world leader in building materials, has repositioned its global brand to reflect the huge trend to urbanisation taking place throughout the world. It is committed to using its technical strength to help provide solutions for Building better cities that are more durable, and have more housing, are better connected, more beautiful and more desirable places for everyone. The Group actively assists in promoting the well-being of communities surrounding its operating sites. In particular, it focuses on the development of the youth in those communities. 

 

Other Lafarge sponsorships focus on skills development. Lafarge provides bursaries, experiential training at its facilities and learnership opportunities.

 

Examples of recent Corporate Social Investment projects are:

 

  • The help given to Ntsonkotha Senior Secondary School in Agnes Rest near Lady Frere, by constructing an administration block and general amenities. In addition, the company furnished the entire facility. The school had been achieving exceptionally good results under very difficult circumstances.

 

  • At Chumani Primary School in East London, Lafarge built an Early Learning Centre for preschoolers, Grade R to Grade 1. This involved three multipurpose classrooms with roller doors between them enabling them to be used as one large hall. Lafarge also donated key equipment such as learning kits, jungle gyms and training for the teachers.

 

  • In Limpopo, Lafarge is sponsoring another debating tournament, organised by the Polokwane Debating Society.

 

By far the largest impact that Lafarge is having on education is through the Lafarge Education and Community Trusts. Ongoing programmes are benefiting 41 schools that are near the company's largest manufacturing plants in the North West province and in northern KwaZulu-Natal. The Trusts' programmes have already uplifted the education of almost 20 000 learners and students.

 

Ends

 

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

 

About Lafarge

 

A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of €15.2 billion in 2013. 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, 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 cities, 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.

 

Additional information is available on the website at www.lafarge.co.za

For further information, please contact:

 

Chantál Stewart

Communications Manager

011 657 0000

Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com

 

Glasshouse Communication Management

Bridget von Holdt

011 646 9992 / 0826100650

bridget@ghcm.co.za

"Lafarge decided to sponsor this tournament as it is our policy to encourage our operating sites to be involved in projects that benefit the surrounding communities. In assessing community projects to support, the Debate Tournament satisfies many of the criteria that we use to assess such projects.  One of the key points that we look for is whether there is a sustainable benefit. Learning to stand up and confidently present a clear line of argument in English is valuable training that will benefit learners from all walks of life, and certainly qualifies in terms of our sustainability criteria", says Jacques Schutte, Lafarge South Africa's Country Strategy and Business Development Manager.

 

Esther Seabi, Transformation Manager, Lafarge South Africa strongly supports debating as a valuable tool for Lafarge's CSI programme. For the debating tournament, the students had to research set topics and develop strong well-reasoned arguments", says Seabi. This year the debate teams are expected to speak persuasively and defend their opinions in a very heated and exciting event in which top-notch arguments and counter-arguments will be the order of the day. The debate tournament includes five rounds, two semi finals and a final round in which the last motion ‘South Africa is a good example of a democratic state' will be debated.

 

Winning teams will receive IT Resources generously supplied by sponsor Lafarge South Africa. Prizes include laptops, printers and internet access to enhance the learning experience for these deserving schools.

 

By making use of the basic formal SACEE (South African Council for English Education) debating rules, a practical structure is set and consistency in standard is achieved. More specifically this debate competition addresses the need to improve communication, research and critical thinking skills.

 

"At Lafarge we take a holistic view of education instead of just pursuing more matric passes. We want to assist learners from disadvantaged backgrounds to be well educated, articulate and good all-round citizens ­- this is why we feel debating tournaments are so important", explains Schutte.

 

Lafarge regularly forms partnerships of this nature as a proudly South African company. "Our success depends on these students becoming engineers, managers, leaders and possibly our customers in the future. We want to be closely involved with the betterment of young South Africans", explains Seabi.

 

Background: Lafarge CSI policy:

"We firmly believe that a responsible company must meet the challenges of society; that it has an active role to play in the development of the communities within which it operates; and that the implementation of proactive measures in favour of sustainability creates value not only for its shareholders, but also its teams, its customers and all its stakeholders". (Lafarge Sustainability: Our ambitions for 2020 handbook).

 

Lafarge is committed to having a positive impact on its stakeholders, particularly the communities within which it operates. To this end, Lafarge makes a variety of investments into the wellbeing of the communities. This includes product donations, monetary contributions and other non-cash support extended to beneficiaries.

 

Lafarge South Africa, the local subsidiary of the international Lafarge Group, the world leader in building materials, has repositioned its global brand to reflect the huge trend to urbanisation taking place throughout the world. It is committed to using its technical strength to help provide solutions for Building better cities that are more durable, and have more housing, are better connected, more beautiful and more desirable places for everyone. The Group actively assists in promoting the well-being of communities surrounding its operating sites. In particular, it focuses on the development of the youth in those communities. 

 

Other Lafarge sponsorships focus on skills development. Lafarge provides bursaries, experiential training at its facilities and learnership opportunities.

 

Examples of recent Corporate Social Investment projects are:

 

  • The help given to Ntsonkotha Senior Secondary School in Agnes Rest near Lady Frere, by constructing an administration block and general amenities. In addition, the company furnished the entire facility. The school had been achieving exceptionally good results under very difficult circumstances.

 

  • At Chumani Primary School in East London, Lafarge built an Early Learning Centre for preschoolers, Grade R to Grade 1. This involved three multipurpose classrooms with roller doors between them enabling them to be used as one large hall. Lafarge also donated key equipment such as learning kits, jungle gyms and training for the teachers.

 

  • In Limpopo, Lafarge is sponsoring another debating tournament, organised by the Polokwane Debating Society.

 

By far the largest impact that Lafarge is having on education is through the Lafarge Education and Community Trusts. Ongoing programmes are benefiting 41 schools that are near the company's largest manufacturing plants in the North West province and in northern KwaZulu-Natal. The Trusts' programmes have already uplifted the education of almost 20 000 learners and students.

 

Ends

 

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

 

About Lafarge

 

A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of €15.2 billion in 2013. 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, 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 cities, 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.

 

Additional information is available on the website at www.lafarge.co.za

For further information, please contact:

 

Chantál Stewart

Communications Manager

011 657 0000

Chantal.stewart@lafarge.com

 

Glasshouse Communication Management

Bridget von Holdt

011 646 9992 / 0826100650

bridget@ghcm.co.za