Local presence of international leading cement and building materials company Lafarge Group, Lafarge South Africa, manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, ready-mixed concrete, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings. It has two main subsidiary operating companies, including Lafarge Industries South Africa and Lafarge Mining South Africa, which covers the aggregates and limestone quarrying interests.
Lafarge South Africa has its origins in a pioneering supplier to the South African construction industry that was established in 1914. The parent company, Lafarge, which employs 62 000 people in 62 countries, began operation in 1833 as a lime producer in France.
Lafarge South Africa is one of the major cement manufacturers in Southern Africa. Its flagship cement production facility is at Lichtenburg, in the North West Province. The company also operates two cement clinker grinding stations, one at Randfontein, on the west side of Johannesburg, and the other at Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal, together with several well-placed depots.
Lafarge supplies a wide range of innovative cements that meets the needs of the construction industry for reliable quality and high performance, combined with a lower carbon footprint. This includes ready-mixed concrete, which is produced at fifty batch plants strategically sited throughout South Africa. In addition, Lafarge has a fleet of mobile and semimobile concrete batch plants that enable it to provide rapid response on urgent projects, together with the benefits of an on-site service in remote locations.
Further, the company’s aggregates business line operates 20 quarries located throughout South Africa to service all sectors of the local construction industry. Lafarge quarry materials fall broadly into three categories: road materials, concrete materials and specialised materials – washed or blended aggregates for use in the road, paving, brick and block industries.
Another division, Lafarge Gypsum, manufactures plasterboard at a world-class facility in Roodekop, Johannesburg, and complementary steel and aluminium fitting systems at its nearby Alrode factory. The company markets innovative gypsum-based building solutions and related systems for constructing, finishing or decorating interior walls and ceilings in residential, commercial and institutional construction projects.
Health and safety is the number one priority at Lafarge and its proactive campaigns to achieve a world-class standard embrace contractors and visitors on the company’s sites, its transporters and its interaction with customers. Its products and quality management systems are in accordance with international best practice, as set by Lafarge Group, while always ensuring compliance with locally regulated standards. The company’s cement production sites are also ISO 9001-2008-compliant.
Lafarge believes in supporting communities surrounding its sites. To this end, the company is involved in many social and educational initiatives to uplift communities.