Lafarge South Africa announced a sponsorship of the University of Johannesburg’s Civil Engineering Student Society.
Lafarge South Africa, a world leader in building materials, has announced a sponsorship of the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) Civil Engineering Student Society, a student organisation for engineering students. The three-year agreement is one that 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 in contributing to creating highly 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, general manager of cement at Lafarge South Africa.
As the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, the company will provide a deeper insight into the world of civil engineering to the UJ Civil Engineering Society. This will be achieved through technical presentations, the supply of products to students to help them 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 that offer engineering courses in order to experience their facilities and to learn more about their courses. Lafarge will be supporting 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 has been chosen because of the significant civil engineering work being undertaken in the city. As a member of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries, Russia is one of the world’s major emerging economies and, as such, offers a wide range of infrastructure development, which will be of great academic interest. The students will gain insight into the manufacturing 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 many Lafarge projects that are currently underway to support skills development and partner with educational institutions to build a better South Africa for all.
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