Because it is of particular geological interest, Lafarge South Africa’s Witfontein Quarry hosted a group of visitors from the Knysna branch of the University of the Third Age (U3A), which is an active group of retirees who have been running a series of monthly geology lectures in conjunction with field excursions.

 

During August, Lafarge South Africa’s Witfontein Quarry hosted a group of visitors from the Knysna branch of the University of the Third Age (U3A), which is an active group of retirees who have been running a series of monthly geology lectures in conjunction with field excursions. Witfontein Quarry is of particular geological interest and the visitors were keen to examine the various rock formations.

Lafarge South Africa is the local subsidiary of the international Lafarge Group, the world leader in building materials and an industry leader in sustainable development.
All the group’s quarries have active rehabilitation and biodiversity conservation programmes, and it was explained to the visitors how the quarry plays a key role in Lafarge’s global drive to provide solutions for building better cities – solutions that help with the construction of more housing, housing that is more compact, more durable and more beautiful, in cities that are better connected by road, rail and air. This same expertise developed for cities will also continue to improve developments of rural towns and villages.  

An early Arbour Day celebration was combined with the U3A visit and involved the planting of indigenous trees at the quarry entrance. In addition, as a donation towards the Graaff-Reinet and Districts Cancer Association’s Pink Trees for Pauline Initiative, the quarry purchased 50 metres of pink fabric to wrap around the trees.
“We were delighted to do something to give back to the senior members of our local community,” says Lafarge’s Witfontein Quarry manager, Stewart Chrislett. “The enthusiastic interest of the visitors contributed to an enjoyable day for everyone.”

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