08 August 2019


Submitted by Archy Hlahla

18 July 2019, Vanderbijlpark – South Africa’s leading construction materials company, AfriSam and employees at its Vanderbijlpark operations recently celebrated International Mandela Day by visiting nearby Emfuleni Primary School in Bophelong to deliver food parcels and stationery to the 1 200 learners most of whom come from poverty-stricken households. The visit led by AfriSam’s Plant Manager, Mr David Labuschagne, was in celebration of the life of our late former president Nelson Mandela and marked AfriSam’s employees 67 minutes of serving others and making a difference.

Emfuleni Primary School is a public school with about 1 200 learners with challenges that includes poor ablution facilities, overcrowded classrooms plus majority of the children are orphans.

“We heard about the plight at the school from one of our employees and decided to donate food parcels and stationery to assist in creating a conducive learning environment. Though this was only a small contribution, we see it as a start in the right direction and hope to contribute much more in future,” says Labuschagne.

Nelson Mandela Day commemorates the lifetime of service Madiba gave to South African’s and the world, and it calls on us all, every day, to make the world a better place. Children and education have been very close to former President Mandela and supporting the Emfuleni Primary School pupils this year was an easy decision to make for AfriSam.

“We strive to reiterate the word of Nelson Mandela to create a better world for all and we encourage everyone to play a part," added Labuschagne.

AfriSam continuously invests in various social and economic upliftment projects that contribute towards improving the lives of all citizens and communities near its projects. The company has one of its cement plant operation in the Emfuleni region of Gauteng

The company also offers support to local communities in areas dealing with early childhood development (ECD) initiatives and educational infrastructure with focus on schools; classrooms, ablution facilities and kitchens development or upgrades. 


AfriSam is the leading black-controlled construction materials group in southern Africa. Since establishing its first cement plant in 1934, the company has grown into a formidable group with operations in South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland and Tanzania. From its seven cementitious manufacturing facilities, 17 quarries and 40 readymix operations, the group has the capacity to produce in excess of 5 million tons of cement, 10 million tons of aggregate, 800 000 tons of slagment and 4 million cubic metres of readymix concrete annually.   

This Press Release was published by Archy Hlahla, Hlengani Communications on behalf of AfriSam SA. 

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