Lafarge sponsors new engineering initiative

07 March 2014

Lafarge South Africa announced that they are the new sponsor of the University of Johannesburg’s Civil Engineering Student Society. This three-year sponsorship goes beyond the simple branding of a building – it’s an important partnership of support, training and skills development.

“We at Lafarge are very proud to partner with the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in contributing to creating valuable human capital. Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders and engineers, who help to shape our country and ultimately build better cities,” says Desmond Maharaj, GM Cement, Lafarge South Africa.

Lafarge South Africa will provide a deeper insight into the world of civil engineering to the UJ-Civil Engineering Society, a student organisation for engineering students. This will be achieved through technical presentations, the supply of products for students to help complete practical applications as per their course requirements, and to raise funds through events such as the Annual UJ-Civil Golf Day in April.

The UJ-Civil Engineering Society will visit other universities offering engineering courses to experience their facilities and learn about their courses. Lafarge will support these initiatives wherever possible.

The first will be a site visit for final-year students to the Lafarge plant based in Moscow, Russia, later this year. This destination was chosen because of the significant civil engineering work being undertaken in the city.

As a member of BRICS, Russia is one of the world’s major emerging economies and offers a wide range of infrastructure development, which will be of great academic interest. These students will gain insight into the manufacture of cement, aggregates and concrete at the Lafarge Plant in Russia.

Lafarge’s objective is to make a positive contribution to society and this is just one of the many Lafarge projects currently under way to support skills development and partner with educational institutions to build a better South Africa for all.

Image caption: Desmond Maharaj, GM Cement, Lafarge South Africa at the podium announcing the Lafarge Sponsorship of UJ-Civil Engineering Society Lafarge and UJ personnel attending the announcement of Lafarge South Africa’s sponsorship of the UJ-Civil Engineering Society.

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