Cement supplier in southern Africa, PPC Ltd remains dedicated in its mission to help create affordable housing in South Africa. The company is a platinum sponsor of the Southern African Housing Foundation’s (SAHF) International Housing Conference, Exhibition and Housing Awards which will be held at the Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West, Cape Town from 28th Sep to 1st October.
This year’s conference, themed “Affordable Housing Opportunities for Southern Africa” is geared to provide a platform for critical debate on Social Housing. Seeking to address key issues faced in South Africa by offering international perspective and highlighting important issues pertaining to the delivery of affordable housing. This includes but is not limited to discussions around policy and planning, the environment, building capacity in the construction industry and innovation in building technology.
The conference will feature interactive sessions which promise to afford delegates an ideal opportunity to debate and propose solutions to social housing and community issues, the conference will undoubtedly be on the radar of all key stakeholders. Delegates can look forward to City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member: Human Settlements, Cllr Siyabulela Mamkeli’s official welcome and Western Cape Provincial Government’s, Premier Helen Zille delivering the official opening address.
PPC Managing Director of Cement RSA (joint,) Mr. Richard Tomes together with Executive for Special Projects, Mr Yogesh Narsing will present "Changing lives through housing - PPC Initiative" sharing insights and key learnings from PPC’s Employee Housing Support Initiative. “The PPC Employee Housing Support Initiative empowers employees to make informed financial choices and successfully manage their newly acquired homeowner’s status. Our employees will find the land or an existing home that they wish to purchase, apply for a bond and a government subsidy and put up some of their own savings for their new homes. PPC will do everything in their power to make sure the deal will be possible and affordable for the beneficiaries,” said Narsing.
Being the most widely accessible, flexible and affordable building material available makes concrete a very attractive option in the development of sustainable social housing projects. Concrete is often identified for its embodied energy and substantially lower carbon footprint compared to that of other building materials.
"PPC's involvement as the platinum sponsor at this year’s SAHF conference is truly one of value to the industry. PPC’s proactive contribution to SAHF at all levels is much appreciated,” says John Hopkins, CEO of the SAHF. Tomes concludes, “We are excited to be part of the discussions at the conference. This partnership is aligned with PPC’s strategy to be more than just a cement producer and to provide more to the communities in which we operate.”