New Country Manager - Communications Lafarge South Africa


Lafarge South Africa is pleased to announce the appointment of Unathi Batyashe-Fillis as Country Manager: Communications. 


Unathi has an impressive track record in reputation and crisis management, corporate social investment, brand management, stakeholder relations management and corporate communication. She holds a Degree in Communications Science from the Free State University and successfully completed the International Executive Development Programme with Henley Business School. She is also a Non-Executive Director for a Johannesburg based IT Company, Mpilo Technologies.


Batyashe-Fillis began her career as a Journalist more than 15 years ago. She has 10 years of success as a dynamic prime time news anchor, writer and editor with top South African media including Independent Newspapers, DSTV and PRIMEDIA Broadcasting.


Prior to joining Lafarge South Africa, she cut her teeth at Airports Company South Africa's flagship airport, O.R. Tambo International Airport where she played a significant role in successfully carrying through the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup Communications plan. She had been appointed two months before the major tournament. The 37-year-old played a significant role in transforming both the internal and external communications portfolios within the group. In 2012, she was appointed as the Communications Team lead in Brazil in the run up to the concession operating the Guarulhos International Airport following a successful bid process by ACSA. She became group spokesperson and headed up the company's corporate communications portfolio in 2013.


Batyashe-Fillis is part of Lafarge South Africa's executive committee, reporting directly to Country CEO Ken MacLean.


Commenting on her appointment MacLean says; "I am confident that Unathi is exactly what we need to further entrench our brand in South Africa and will play a crucial role in our efforts to strengthen relationships with our key stakeholders. She will also provide strategic insight on various platforms and more importantly in driving business objectives both internally and externally.


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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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For further information, please contact:

Unathi Batyashe-Fillis

Country Communications Manager


011 657 0000