Lafarge Witfontein Quarry hosts Knysna group of retirees


Lafarge South Africa's Witfontein Quarry hosted a group of visitors from the Knysna branch of the University of the Third Age (U3A) on 23 August. U3A is an active group of retirees who have been running a series of monthly geology lectures in conjunction with field excursions. Witfontein Quarry is of particular geological interest and the visitors were keen to examine the various rock formations.

Lafarge South Africa is the local subsidiary of the international Lafarge Group, the world leader in building materials and an industry leader in sustainable development. All of the Group's quarries have active rehabilitation and biodiversity conservation programmes. It was explained to the visitors how the quarry plays a key role in Lafarge's global drive to provide solutions for Building better cities: solutions that help the construction of more housing, housing that is more compact, more durable and more beautiful, in cities that are better connected by road, rail and air. This same expertise developed for cities will also continue to improve developments of rural towns and villages.  


An early Arbour Day celebration was combined with the U3A visit and involved the planting of indigenous trees at the quarry entrance. In addition, as a donation towards the local Graaff-Reinet and Districts Cancer Association's ‘Pink Trees for Pauline' initiative, the Quarry purchased 50 metres of pink fabric to wrap around the trees.


"We were delighted to do something to give back to the senior members of our local community," says Lafarge's Stewart Chislett, Witfontein Quarry Manager. "The enthusiastic interest of the visitors contributed to an enjoyable day for everyone."







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. The Group has for many years been a leader in sustainable development and was the first industrial group to enter into a worldwide ‘Conservation Partnership' with the environmental protection organisation, WWF International.


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