Lafarge South Africa, the world leader in building materials is proud to announce that they are the new sponsor of the University of Johannesburg's Civil Engineering Student Society. This three year sponsorship is one that goes far beyond the simple branding of a building - it's an important partnership of support, training and skills development. "We at Lafarge are very proud to partner with the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in contributing to creating highly valuable human capital. Today's students are tomorrow's leaders and engineers, who help to shape our country and ultimately build better cities," says Desmond Maharaj, GM Cement, Lafarge South Africa.

Lafarge South Africa is the local presence of the international Lafarge Group. The company will provide a deeper insight into the world of civil engineering to the UJ-Civil Engineering Society, a student organisation for engineering students. This will be achieved through technical presentations, the supply of products for students to help complete practical applications as per their course requirements, and to raise funds through events such as the upcoming Annual UJ-Civil Golf Day in April.


The UJ-Civil Engineering Society will visit other universities that offer engineering courses in order to experience their facilities and to learn more about their courses. Lafarge will be supporting these initiatives wherever possible.


The first will be a site visit for final year students to the Lafarge plant based in Moscow, Russia, later this year.  This destination has been chosen because of the significant civil engineering work being undertaken in the city.  As a member of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Russia is one of the world's major emerging economies and, as such, offers a wide range of infrastructure development, which will be of great academic interest. These students will gain insight into the manufacture of cement, aggregates and concrete at the Lafarge Plant in Russia.

Lafarge's objective is to make a positive contribution to society and this is just one of the many Lafarge projects that are  currently underway to support skills development and partner with educational institutions to build a better South Africa for all.








About Lafarge

Located in 64 countries with 65 000 employees, Lafarge is the world-leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses. In 2012, the Group posted sales of 15,8 billion Euros.


Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity to help build better cities around the world: more beautiful cities that are better connected, have more housing, and are more compact and durable.  Since 2010, the Lafarge Group has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the first global sustainability benchmark, in recognition of its sustainable development actions.


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 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.


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Charlene Lamb

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Bridget von Holdt

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