New General Manager for Lafarge Aggregates


Lafarge has recently welcomed Praveen Bechoo as its general manager for aggregates.

Praveen, whose appointment commenced on 1 October 2014 is based at the Lafarge head office in Longmeadow, and is a member of the country executive.

A qualified engineer, Praveen holds degrees in BSc mechanical engineering, bachelor of commerce and master's in business administration.


Prior to joining Lafarge, he occupied various senior management roles with companies like Eskom, Holcim and M-Web Commerce Zone. His recent position was Business Unit Chief Executive Officer at Macsteel Coil Processing and Macsteel Special Steels where he spent thirteen (13) years.


Praveen replaces Jacques Schutte, who has been overseeing the Aggregates Product Line for the past nine (9) months.  Jacques will return to his position as strategy and business development manager.

Note to Editor


As 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 Cement, Aggregates and Concrete, 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.


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