Lafarge South Africa, a member of the LafargeHolcim group, the world leader in the building materials industry, views its operating sites as integral parts of local communities. "We have a responsibility to help turn them into sustainable, healthy societies. In keeping with a world-wide group Volunteering programme, all our employees are encouraged to contribute time to bettering the circumstances of less fortunate communities," comments Unathi Batyashe-Fillis, Lafarge South Africa's Country Communications Manager.
In the Company's drive to give meaning to Building better cities, it continuously responds to the challenges presented by the global trend to urbanisation and commits to using its technical strength to contribute solutions for constructing more sustainable and beautiful environments for all people to live in. In South Africa, the emphasis is on building better communities, which are the heart of our cities, rural towns and villages.
Illustrating the strong Volunteering spirit, over 120 Lafarge South Africa employees and their families took part in the 702 Walk the Talk event on Sunday 26 July as part of the company's Mandela Day celebrations. The cause for the walking team was the company's local brand statement of Building better communities, with a portion of each entry going towards a community legacy project.
Another Mandela Day initiative by a group of employees was volunteering 67 minutes of their time to "Pamper a Pooch" at the Wet Nose animal shelter in Bronkhorstspruit, where the Volunteers walked and groomed the animals.
The company's Youth Day celebration in June saw 23 employees volunteering their time to host a group of Grades 10-12 learners from the Fons Luminis Secondary School in Diepkloof, Soweto. Lafarge South Africa had previously renovated and equipped two science laboratories for the school. The learners were given a valuable insight into the work of the company's Quality Department Southern Africa (QDSA), one of the country's most highly regarded cement and concrete laboratories. It is also a sought after training facility for a limited number of science students each year, providing them with unparalleled opportunities for experiential training in various disciplines, enabling them to obtain their qualifications and gain work experience.
The learners also visited the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, decked out in its new Lafarge branding, reflecting the company's recent sponsorship agreement with the Stadium. In terms of this agreement, Lafarge South Africa is in the process of establishing a skills development centre at the Stadium, to give back to the local community by training emerging building entrepreneurs and contractors.
"We are a caring company and believe that a key part of uplifting local communities is helping the children receive a proper education and guidance in finding a suitable career," said Batyashe-Fillis.
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With a well-balanced presence in 90 countries and a focus on Cement, Aggregates and Concrete, LafargeHolcim (SIX Swiss Exchange, Euronext Paris: LHN) is the world leader in the building materials industry. The Group has 115,000 employees around the world and combined net sales of CHF 33 billion (EUR 27 billion) in 2014. LafargeHolcim is the industry benchmark in R&D and serves from the individual homebuilder to the largest and most complex project with the widest range of value-adding products, innovative services and comprehensive building solutions. With a commitment to drive sustainable solutions for better building and infrastructure and to contribute to a higher quality of life, the Group is best positioned to meet the challenges of increasing urbanisation. More information is available on www.lafargeholcim.com
About Lafarge South Africa
Lafarge South Africa, a member of the LafargeHolcim group, manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates and readymixed concrete, 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 cities, rural towns and villages. For further information, visit our website on: www.lafarge.co.za
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