News & Product Highlights
today29 Sep 2011

Versatile decorative concrete in landscaping projects

The Corobrik-ILASA Awards of Excellence – presented by the Institute for Landscape Architecture in South Africa – were announced in May. Lafarge salutes all the award winners and highlights that its Artevia concrete was used in four of the ten award-winning projects.  Neville Wearne, national marketing manager, Lafarge Readymix, says, “We are always thrilled for the winning teams who have really delivered exceptional innovation in landscape design and implementation. As the sole supplier of Artevia, we are also extremely proud when our products are used in these projects, contributing in some way to their success.”
today5 Sep 2011

Ecosystems have no value

At the recent Green Building Conference organised by alive2green and held in Johannesburg over 13 and 14 July, Eamonn O’Rourke from Strategic Environmental Focus (SEF) offered delegates one of the most thought-provoking presentations.  The title of O’Rourke’s presentation – Ecosystems have no value – certainly raised questions ahead of his taking the podium. However, he soon clarified that statement to say, actually, “Ecosystems have no Rand value. They are priceless.” How do we determine what is valuable? In his presentation O’Rourke explored the whole question of values, whether different value systems can be compared, and what value systems are appropriate when we consider plans for land use, built developments, site selection and construction.  If something is priceless – is it of no value? How do we determine what is valuable and what is valueless?