Lafarge South Africa’s Witfontein Quarry in George hosted a group of visitors from the Knysna branch of the University of the Third Age (U3A) during August. U3A 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.
As an industry leader in sustainable development, the Lafarge Group has active rehabilitation and biodiversity conservation programmes at all its quarries, 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 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 local Graaff-Reinet and District’s 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 Stewart Chislett, Witfontein Quarry Manager. “The enthusiastic interest of the visitors contributed to an enjoyable day for everyone.”