In continuing the CEMEX Global Supply Chain Vulnerable Road Users initiative, CEMEX Jamaica and Caribbean Cement Company Limited teams donated reflector strips to the Clarendon Cycle Club recently. These strips will be used by club members who will also distribute them to pedal cyclists who they encounter without reflectors.

Just before a recent 192 kilometer ride from the parish of Clarendon to Montego Bay, the club members engaged in a discussion with Clinton O’ Connor, CEMX/Carib Cement’s Driving School Instructor.   The cyclists received guidance on: personal protective equipment (PPE)  including foot straps, helmets, and clothing; correct placement of reflector strips; blind spots of a truck; mindfulness of other road users including pedestrians; adherence to the road code and safe riding practices.

Club president, Deon Palmer said the discussion was timely as he continues to be concerned about the attitudes of drivers to cyclists.

“Motorists need to be more aware and to respect all road users, some drivers behave as if cyclists do not have a right to be on the road. Many riders get knocked off their bicycles daily but do not report it.  Drivers need to take bicycle riders seriously and the risks we face,” Mr Palmer said.

The Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport reports that between 2015 to June 2020 there have been 137 fatal crashes involving pedal cyclists resulting in 139 deaths. The highest number was 32 in 2016, while so far this year 22 crashes have been reported.  The Unit says pedal cyclists are among the most vulnerable users of Jamaican roads and included in its safety tips are that riders: wear bright coloured clothing; avoid riding at night; wear helmets, knee and elbow pads; consider the bicycle to be a vehicle; and follow all traffic laws as they are also applicable to bicycles.

Again, reinforcing the importance of safe practices, Mr Palmer said: “Given that there is no rear-view mirror on bicycles, cyclists must do everything possible to make themselves visible, such as wearing bright coloured clothing and using reflectors. They most also become knowledgeable of the road code and follow it.”

“In addition to this donation of reflector strips, which is enough for about 50 bicycles or more, we will be supporting the work of the Road Safety Unit by amplifying its safety recommendations for cyclists via digital media.  Many collisions are preventable and we believe that education, awareness and reinforcing the importance of following the road codes can help change the attitudes and the practices which result in fatalities,” said Klao Bell-Lewis, Community Outreach manager at Carib Cement.

This donation is in keeping with Carib Cement’s ongoing work in the area of road safety which has included safety training for more than 180 truck drivers, road safety and truck safety awareness exercises for more than 2000 primary school students and the donation of 14 breathalysers to the Road Safety Unit in 2019.  Carib Cement and CEMEX Jamaica are members of the CEMEX Group.

St. James Municipality partners with Caribbean Cement Company Limited and Jamaica Pre-Mix Concrete Limited to clean St. James Street and Sam Sharpe Square

Caribbean Cement Company Limited and Jamaica Pre-Mix Concrete Limited have teamed up in support of the St. James Municipal Corporation’s goal of sanitising the streets of Montego Bay.

The two companies provided four cement mixer trucks filled with 12000 gallons sanitation fluid which were used by work crew from the Municipality to clean St. James Street and Sam Sharp Square on Sunday June 28. The area cleaned was approximately one kilometre of sidewalks, steps, pathways and other surfaces.

Yago Castro, General Manager of Carib Cement said health and safety is a number one priority and is the reason behind the support of this initiative.

“The health and safety of the people of Jamaica is number one priority and everyone has to do all that we can to protect each other and keep Jamaica safe. Sanitising the streets is good for aesthetics, but also necessary for public health and safety. As we did in Kingston, we offered our support to this City because we see it as our responsibility to help where we can,” said Yago Castro General Manager of Carib Cement.

Jamaica Pre-Mix and Carib Cement collaborated in May to clean Nelson Mandela Park, in Half-Way Tree; St. William Grant’s Park located in downtown, Kingston, and the park located in Papine Square, St. Andrew.

“I was pleased with the outcome of our project in Kingston and told my team to look out for opportunities to assist elsewhere. Sanitisation is an important part of keeping our cities looking good and promoting good health, so our company is committed to assisting where it is possible to do so,” said John Valentine, Managing Director of Jamaica Pre-Mix.

Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis lauded the initiative as a good example of partnership in keeping with a common objective.

“As Mayor of this wonderful City, I am very appreciative of the support being received from two corporate giants. The cliché “our city’s beauty is our duty” resonates well with the team washing and sanitising these streets. I use this opportunity to ask our citizens to dispose of waste in a responsible manner and encourage your fellow citizens to join you. The fight to contain COVID 19 belongs to everyone and Jamaica Pre Mix and Carib Cement must be congratulated for this initiative. This is true partnership between the private and public sectors,” Mayor Davis said.

During the month of March the men and women of the Caribbean Cement Company came together to help end period poverty by way of a contribution of sanitary napkins to the Her Flow Foundation. The initiative was conceptualized and coordinated by Ann-Marie Walters, Carib Cement’s Nurse Administrator who motivated many to give. Dr Shelley-Ann Weeks, founder of the Her Flow Foundation, on receiving the items, said they will be earmarked for areas in Jamaica which are under quarantine due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.  This is especially helpful, as one of the quarantined communities is located close to the Carib Cement quarries.  Libresse Jamaica was told about the initiative by a staff member and added 120 packages of sanitary napkins to the donation.  By this initiative more than 100 girls can be assisted through their next period with the more than 300 packages of napkins donated.

Carib Cement donates decontamination unit to Rollington Town Fire Station

Fire stations need an area where officers can decontaminate safely when they return from fighting a blaze.  Now, due to the intervention of the employees of the Caribbean Cement Company Ltd, what has been said to be the only functioning decontamination unit has been built at the Rollington Town Fire Station in Kingston.

On Thursday, March 12, Yago Castro, General Manager of Caribbean Cement Ltd on behalf of his team, officially handed over the unit to Superintendent Julian Davis-Buckle of the Kingston and St. Andrew Division.

The unit, an addition to the existing building and which houses wash areas, showers and a large specialist industrial washing machine, will allow the officers to exit from their trucks directly to this space. 

“This is a result of the high level of social awareness of our team members and their commitment to their community. We have worked closely with and have improved the situation of police stations, churches, schools and Communities in the East Kingston, Harbour View and Bull Bay areas and the team identified in 2019 decided to improve their local community fire station.  This is also the result of the strong safety mindset among our employees and we are happy to have been able to assist the personnel at Rollington Town Fire station to work more safely,” Mr Castro said.

Employees of Carib Cement suggested several projects for its Labour Day 2019 activity, on consultation with the fire station the need for a decontamination unit was identified, but the project was too big an undertaking for Labour Day. Instead, more than 40 employees painted the front of the building, the fence and cleared the overgrowth at the front of the station.  This was followed by a further intervention by the company to construct the unit at a cost of more than three million dollars.

“We really appreciate this gift from the Caribbean Cement Company because it is the only unit in the country. Our officers sometimes have to leave fires where there are various toxins, then go on to rescue persons from cars without an opportunity to decontaminate. This unit will improve the health and safety of our team and I will be putting protocols in place to ensure its most effective operation,” Superintendent Buckle said.

The Rollington Town Fire Station, which hosts approximately 40 officers across several shifts is based on Giltress Street in East Kingston and serves 17 communities. Personnel and trucks are also sometimes called on to assist with fires outside of its designated region.

Superintendent Julian Davis-Buckle of the Kingston and St Andrew Division of the Jamaica Fire Brigade with officers of the Rollington Town Fire Station and Carib Cement Employees (l-R) Garth Moss, Jerome Cowans and Klao Bell-Lewis with Yago Castro, General Manager and Andre Nelson at the handover of a decontamination unit recently

11 Men, Seven women trained

The Caribbean Cement Company Limited today handed over a block making machine for a social enterprise project within the community of 10 Miles Bull Bay, St. Andrew.

The social enterprise project, which has been registered and will be operated by an oversight body aims to address some of the socio-economic challenges within the community. The goal is to work with the community members and agencies to train youth in capacity building, block-making and other entrepreneurial skills while generating an income.

The concept for the project began in 2016 with work beginning in 2017. The process of acquiring the machine,  electricity supply, water and other elements was followed by commissioning of the machine in 2019.

Carib Cement has funded training for eleven men and seven women in the theory of block making and specific training in handling the donated block machine, which is a DongYu Model QT 4-25.

Yago Castro, General Manager of Carib Cement said this approach is similar to social programmes implemented by CEMEX, Carib Cement’s parent company in other countries.

“CEMEX has a strong commitment to sustainable partnerships with communities and we at Carib Cement have long worked closely with Bull Bay in support of educational, environmental and employment programmes. This block machine is another approach to supporting the community’s development goals. Communities in Mexico and Colombia, by way of donations of machines by CEMEX’s help have sustainably maintained block making programmes. We hope this initiative will be equally effective in Bull Bay and commend the oversight group for their vision in implementing this project,” Mr Castro said.

Between 2016 and 2019 Carib Cement has invested more than $300 million in CSR across the country in keeping with its commitment to building a greater Jamaica.

A scholarship from the Caribbean Cement Company is awarded to hardworking students who make the grades. But every now and then, it is granted to students whose grades are not the best, but whose personal stories say otherwise.

Twenty deserving students from communities surrounding the company’s plant and quarries, particularly from communities located in Bull Bay, St. Andrew are among beneficiaries of the 2019 Carib Cement Scholarship programme. Among them are 16 secondary and four tertiary school students.

Included in the group are future medical practitioners, marine life researchers, engineers and software developers. With the support of their parents and community, they are determined to self-actualize, and are already on the path to doing so.

“I thought my dream of getting a university education was derailed when my Mom was made redundant from her job. My mom insisted that I should not give up and a took the opportunity to apply for the scholarship from Carib Cement. I was so relieved because I can say without it, it would not be possible for me to continue my education,” said Tajai Mcpherson who is a student of the All American Institute of Medical Sciences (AAIMS).

The company’s educational outreach initiatives have included a range of activities over the years such as: funding a homework programme within the Harbour View Community for schools in that area; covering the cost of a remedial Math and Reading programme for primary schools in East Kingston; assisting with infrastructural development and facilitating career talks and tours for schools within and outside of the immediate vicinity of the plant.

“Carib Cement has always expressed a genuine interest in building the community of Eleven Miles Bull Bay, through education, beautification, employment and over the years, the Company has recognized hardworking students who have a zeal for success and who are also in need of financial assistance. This generosity is much appreciated,” said 15 year-old Aleem Maitland of Camperdown High School

 Since 2017 Carib Cement has awarded more than 70 scholarships to children from surrounding communities.  Additionally, the company awards scholarships to top performers in some schools, children of employees and through the Incorporated Masterbuilders Association of Jamaica.

“We have a close relationship with the communities around our plant. Carib Cement team members have engaged with the parents and students over the decades and believe in the potential and the promise of the youth of this community. Because of this, we support parents in their efforts to keep their children focused and motivated to achieve academically,” said Klao Bell-Lewis, Head of Communication and Community Outreach at Carib Cement.

Caribbean Cement Company Limited is helping to pave the way to development in rural communities by a donation of concrete road to the community of Kraal located in the parish of Manchester.

Previously, Kraal had 300 metres of asphalted road which led to a narrow unpaved pathway this has changed. Carib Cement’s donation has brought 800 metres of concrete road to a community which has greater potential for farming and housing development.

The six-week project provided 70 men and women from the community with training and work experience in the correct methods of mixing concrete and in building a concrete road. Among those employed were some of the persons who participated in last year’s construction of 530 metres of concrete road in Litchfield. This brings the work completed in the neighbouring communities of Litchfield and Kraal to 1330 metres.

Speaking at a handing over ceremony held in the community on December 5, Yago Castro, General Manager of Carib Cement said Jamaicans deserve quality infrastructure.

“I am happy to know that the children of this community will grow up with memories of their rural community having a modern concrete road.  Children, and indeed all Jamaicans have the right to the best quality infrastructure.  I look forward to hearing the stories of how your lives and community will change because of this concrete road solution,” Mr Castro said.

Some 600 residents live in the immediate vicinity of Kraal, where there is a lot of land for farming and other uses. The neighbouring community of Litchfield has more than 200 hundred homes and 2000 residents living in the area.

The Honourable Audley Shaw, Member of Parliament of North East Manchester and Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries also participating in the handing over ceremony, encouraged the community to seize the opportunity made possible by the new road, to boost productivity.

“I know people intend to do more farming and others plan to build homes in the area. Use the access created by this road to increase productivity in the area. Also, encourage young people to find a productive path,” Minister Shaw said.

Completed at a cost of $10.8 million dollars, this development initiative is part of Carib Cement’s Corporate Responsibility Programme which, between 2016 and 2018 has invested $265 million in projects, scholarships and training and has reached more than 230,000 Jamaicans.

This donation supports Jamaica’s National 2030 Vision as well as the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals Number Two and Nine.  Vision 2030 identifies ‘Strong Economic Infrastructure’ as key to improved productivity while SDG’s address rural development and infrastructural development as having a role in poverty reduction.  According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation in a 2017 Policy Brief: “…achieving the SDGs to end hunger and extreme poverty by 2030 will depend crucially on developing rural areas in the poorest nations of the world. More resources need to be allocated for investment in rural areas, not just because that is where most of the poor live, but also because these areas have great potential for economic development.”

Carib Cement has donated concrete roads to five rural communities since 2016.

(L-R) Avinash Calicharan, Project Manager; Andre Nelson, Industrial and Builders Manager; Yago Castro, General Manager; Klao Bell-Lewis, Communications and Community Outreach Manager; The Hon Audley Shaw, Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries; Mr Leroy Mitchell, Councilor; Jerome Cowans, CSR Specialist.
Concrete road for rural development.

Caribbean Cement Company donates concrete road to Kraal, Manchester

On Moday, November 11 Caribbean Cement Company Limited (Carib Cement) successfully brought joy to the students and staff of the Constant Spring Primary and Junior High School with the official handover ceremony for a new playing field.

The facility consists of a 2000 square metre playfield as well as a 50-metre, four-lane concrete running track all enclosed by a modern chain-link fence designed to protect students from a nearby ravine.  The project, which was funded by Carib Cement at a cost of just under $3 million.

Now the students and staff of Constant Spring Primary and Junior High are proud to have a safe space to call their own, that can accommodate all 630 students for events, training for competitive sports, and recreational play. The ability to freely play is considered as an essential part of healthy child development and has been recognised as a Right of the Child by the United Nations.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, Carib Cement General Manager Mr. Yago Castro noted.

“Every child has the right to play and to be safe.  Safety is our number one priority at Carib Cement and keeping children safe is the responsibility of adults. So, I am pleased that our company was able to create a better area for you to play, train for competitions and just have fun.  We hope that you will be able to do well in school and that those who want to participate in athletics will be able to perform even better because you know have safe place to train. Who knows, maybe the next Usain Bolt or Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce will come from this school,” Mr Castro said.

Shay Dillon, Principal of the Constant Spring Primary and Junior High was particularly elated as he said the school will now be able to host its own Sports Day activities at the school. In the past, venues in surrounding areas were sought to accommodate physical education and Sports Day activities.

Participating in the activities was the Honourable Karl Samuda, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Education and Information, and Member of Parliament for North St. Andrew.

He encouraged the students to have a positive outlook and revealed plans for further development of the aesthetics of the school.

China Harbour Engineering Company also contributed to the school by providing a drainage system and fill from reclaimed material extracted from the road works along Constant Spring Road.

Janneil Johnson, Head Boy of the Constant Spring Primary and Junior High cuts the ribbon at the entrance to the school’s new playground donated by Carib Cement with The Honourable Karl Samuda, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Education and Member of Parliament for North Central St Andrew. Looking on are Head Girl Jodiann Harris; Yago Castro, General Manager of Carib Cement; Shay Dillon, Principal (left second row), Howard Chamberlain, Chairman of the School Board; and District Constable Karen Wilson of the Constant Spring Police HQ.

Carib Cement partners with government stakeholders to address problem of used tyres at the Riverton Landfill

Remarks:

At Carib Cement, we believe that building a Greater Jamaica is more than a tag line.  It is the reason more than 500 men and women come to work at our plant every day.

We believe that building a greater Jamaica for our Employees, Customers, Shareholders, Communities and the Country go hand in hand with building a sustainable and profitable company. 

Today is another demonstration of our commitment to building a greater Jamaica.

Minister Vaz and I began dialogue on this issue over a year ago after one of the fires at Riverton. We immediately began to look for the best way to partner with the Country and become part of the solution.

Our team at Carib Cement looked at the possibility of using shredded tyres, but the high cost involved in the shredding process, and transportation made it unfeasible.

We then analyzed the possibility of using whole tyres, but this created other issues, such as: the cost of making adjustments to our kiln process, the significant initial investment in our facilities and the much higher operating costs associated with the burning of the tyres.  However, we continued work on scenarios until we found a potentially viable one.

The approach we have settled on is not one that is economically profitable to us, however there is greater benefit in its potential to be a long term solution for disposing of tyres dumped at the Riverton Landfill. We have the capacity to help with this problem and the bottom line for us is that it is part of our social responsibility to assist.

Today, after more than one year of working with the GoJ on the planning stage, we are ready to move on to the execution stage. We are pleased to be here to cement our commitment, and to start an industrial trial which, if proven successful, will see Carib Cement significantly reducing tyres in Riverton landfill in about 5 years. 

We are committed to the success of this project because it is good for the environment and the health and safety of Jamaicans.  This partnership has the potential to be another example of joint solutions between government and private sector. 

Our parent company CEMEX,  is currently the worldwide leader in alternative fuels usage for cement production. Increasing alternative fuels is an essential piece of our long term sustainability strategy. 

CEMEX’s strong commitment is to migrate to cleaner energy sources and to displace tra­ditional fossil fuels like coal with low or even zero-carbon alternatives —such as municipal solid waste, tires, and biomass residues. 

By this project, our Jamaica’s could be held up as an example, as are CEMEX operations in Poland, Latvia, Czech Republic or Germany, where successful partnerships resulted in the conversion of more than 900,000 tonnes of solid waste in 2017.

In 2017, globally 26.2 per cent of the fuels used by the CEMEX group was from alternative sources. Here in Jamaica, at Carib Cement we currently use around 4 per cent alternative fuel in our process. Our goal is to increase this number in the coming years.

I want to end by describing a little bit of the process.  The tyres will be burnt in our kiln at 1,400 degrees Celsius.  There is a huge difference for the environment when tyres are burned at 1,400 degrees in a kiln, than in an incinerator at 600 degrees.  In an incinerator, it would produce toxic gases, but at 1,400 degrees in our kiln, it won’t; and the ashes will be incorporated within our process, just as fuels we use.

I want to thank our team at Carib Cement and our partners at the various agencies for getting us to this point. We will do our best to overcome any hurdle which presents itself along the way so that this can be an enduring solution for the people of Jamaica. 

Thank you.

 

*Statement delivered on July 22 by Peter Donkersloot General Manager on the occasion of the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development; Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation and National Solid Waste Management Authority for the Pilot Project to dispose of used tyres.

Carib Cement backs Labour Day with donations to more than 50 projects islandwide

The Caribbean Cement Company Limited is supporting Labour Day by way of donations which will go toward projects in more than 50 communities across the country.

Through its corporate social responsibility programme, which focuses on improving lives through cement, the company contributes to projects which will enhance infrastructure in communities. As such, some 3000 bags of cement will go toward repairing schools, sidewalks, rural roads, fencing and indigent housing in eleven parishes.

Peter Donkersloot, General Manager of Carib Cement said Jamaica have a lot to teach the world about community cohesion and volunteerism.

“Jamaicans do a fantastic job of supporting Labour Day. The enthusiasm and high level of participation is really impressive. It is a public holiday that Jamaicans take seriously as they give generously of their time to work together and improve their neighborhoods. This is a great way of building a greater Jamaica and I am very proud that Carib Cement is able to make a meaningful contribution to it,” said Peter Donkersloot, General Manager of Carib Cement.

Volunteers from the staff of both Carib Cement and CEMEX Jamaica will be effecting repairs to a basic school in Clarendon and a fire station in Kingston.

The company is also contributing to the National Labour Day Projects which will take place at Holland Primary School in St Elizabeth, Fair Prospect Primary School in Portland; Barrett Town Primary School and John Rollins Success Primary Schools in St. James, as well as Papine High School in St. Andrew.

In 2018, Carib Cement donated 3000 bags of cement to assist with Labour Day and with recovery efforts which followed heavy rains in May.

The company’s CSR projects have reached more than 180 communities by way of infrastructure development valued at $265 million since 2016.

Olivia “Babsy” Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport; Major Clive Davis, Director General of the ODPEM, Prime Minister Andrew Holness with Peter Donkersloot (right), general manager Carib Cement at the 2018 donation of 3000 bags of cement to Labour Day and the national disaster recovery efforts.

One thousand students receive road safety education

One thousand students are now better able to identify and avoid unsafe situations on the roads following the Caribbean Cement Company Ltd’s visits to three primary schools in Clarendon on Tuesday.

The Carib Cement team visited Cross Primary and Infant School, Hazard Primary and Denbigh Primary School in Clarendon as part of the CEMEX Global Supply Chain Vulnerable Road Users safety programme. Carib Cement is a member of the CEMEX group.

Cross Primary was selected following the tragic death of Aldriana Rowe who was hit by a truck along the Bustamante Highway while on her way home from Cross Primary in February.

The safety exercise included an informative and interactive talk by the Road Safety Unit of the Ministry of Transport and Works along with demonstration of blind sides of a truck by Carib Cement.

“Safety is embedded in our company’s culture and reinforced continuously. Our Vulnerable Road Users programme is multi-pronged and promotes awareness from both the perspective of the driver and the road user. We conduct driving school for truck drivers, which includes awareness of children and other vulnerable road users and we also educate children about trucks and road hazards,” said Klao Bell-Lewis, Head of Communications and Community Outreach at Carib Cement.

As part of the activities, the students learned about: crossing the street, using the pedestrian crossing and raising their hands to attract the attention of drivers. Additionally, they learned that the front, back and both sides of a truck are blind spots to the driver and areas which should be avoided. The children are also allowed to sit in the driver’s and pedestrian sides to gain perspective on the blind spots from the cabin.

“We welcome this exercise, as it reinforces the road safety component of the curriculum. What works well is that the children are able interact with a truck and see the blind spots for themselves,” said Henry Mullings, principal of Cross Primary.

Jonathan Dawkins, student of Denbigh Primary said he learnt “a lot” from the visit but also pointed out that: “drivers must look out for children too.”

One thousand students are now better able to identify and avoid unsafe situations on the roads following the Caribbean Cement Company Ltd’s visits to three primary schools in Clarendon on Tuesday.

The Carib Cement team visited Cross Primary and Infant School, Hazard Primary and Denbigh Primary School in Clarendon as part of the CEMEX Global Supply Chain Vulnerable Road Users safety programme. Carib Cement is a member of the CEMEX group.

Cross Primary was selected following the tragic death of Aldriana Rowe who was hit by a truck along the Bustamante Highway while on her way home from Cross Primary in February.

The safety exercise included an informative and interactive talk by the Road Safety Unit of the Ministry of Transport and Works along with demonstration of blind sides of a truck by Carib Cement.

“Safety is embedded in our company’s culture and reinforced continuously. Our Vulnerable Road Users programme is multi-pronged and promotes awareness from both the perspective of the driver and the road user. We conduct driving school for truck drivers, which includes awareness of children and other vulnerable road users and we also educate children about trucks and road hazards,” said Klao Bell-Lewis, Head of Communications and Community Outreach at Carib Cement.

As part of the activities, the students learned about: crossing the street, using the pedestrian crossing and raising their hands to attract the attention of drivers. Additionally, they learned that the front, back and both sides of a truck are blind spots to the driver and areas which should be avoided. The children are also allowed to sit in the driver’s and pedestrian sides to gain perspective on the blind spots from the cabin.

“We welcome this exercise, as it reinforces the road safety component of the curriculum. What works well is that the children are able interact with a truck and see the blind spots for themselves,” said Henry Mullings, principal of Cross Primary.

Jonathan Dawkins, student of Denbigh Primary said he learnt “a lot” from the visit but also pointed out that: “drivers must look out for children too.”

Carib Cement teaches students about truck blind spots

In addition to conducting safety training for 180 third party contracted truck drivers in its network, Caribbean Cement Company Ltd continues its programme of educating students at the primary level about road safety and particularly truck safety. Children are among those identified as vulnerable road users and are specially included in safety awareness initiatives of the CEMEX Global Supply Chain Vulnerable Road Users safety programme. Carib Cement is a member of the CEMEX group.

On Thursday, February 21, a team from Carib Cement demonstrated to all the students at Wolmer’s Prep school in Kingston, the blind spots on trucks as well as other risk factors. Students were shown inside and outside of the truck to get an understanding from both the drivers’ and pedestrians’ perspectives. They were urged to avoid the four blind spots which are the extreme front, the two sides of the cab and the extreme back of trucks. They also received other road safety reminders. 

Caribbean Cement Company Limited donates five breathalyzers to the Road Safety Unit

(KINGSTON, January 29, 2019) Caribbean Cement Company Limited today presented five breathalyzer to the National Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport and Mining.

The Honourable Robert Montague, Minister of Transport and Mining received the equipment on behalf of the Road Safety Unit from Peter Donkersloot, General Manager of Carib Cement.

The donation is in keeping with Carib Cement’s ongoing work in the area of road safety. The Road Safety programme is part of the safety focus of the CEMEX Group, of which Carib Cement is a member.

Mr Donkersloot explained that road safety is a national development matter which requires collective responsibility.

“Carib Cement is committed to building a greater Jamaica and this means also building a safer Jamaica, so we want to do our part to help make the roads safer. We do not believe road safety is the government’s responsibility alone, instead, it is the collective role of private companies and individual citizens to help make the roads safer. As such, we are pleased to hand over these five breathalyzers to enhance the work of the Road Safety Unit, “Mr. Donkersloot said.

As part of its road safety and awareness programme, Carib Cement’s team members have visited schools and have facilitated training for truck drivers. Since 2016, more than 1500 students have received safety awareness demonstrations while truck drivers have received training in areas such as protecting vulnerable road users; safe management of road-side breakdowns; defensive driving techniques and anger management.   In February, Carib Cement will begin a driving school for the more than 180 truck drivers who work with the company through contractors.

Minister Montague lauded  Carib Cement for this initiative.

“As a company that moves a lot of cargo along the road network, Carib Cement sees it as in their interest that other users of the road are not under the influence of alcohol and are playing their part in making the road safe. I congratulate them on the upcoming driving school programme for truck drivers and encourage other fleet owners to do the same, as every life we save, is worth every investment,” Mr. Montague said.

The AlcoBlow breathalyzers are described by its makers, Lion Laboratories, as “a simple to use, rapid response instrument that is used simply to determine whether or not a person has any alcohol in their breath at all. It uses the Lion fuel cell sensor, so the reading is very unlikely to be affected by anything but alcohol in the subject’s breath. There is no physical contact between the subject and instrument, so there is no mouthpiece to replace for each test.”

Mr. Donkersloot shared that breathalyzers are used by CEMEX at its plants globally and everyone who enters the plant is required to do a quick breathalyzer test.  “It is simply safer for everyone to be sure that the person who is either operating equipment, working in an industrialized area or driving – whether a car or a large truck, is not under the influence of alcohol.”

Peter Donkersloot, Carib Cement’s General Manager presents a breathalyzer to the Hon. Robert Montague, Minister of Transport and Mining
Peter Donkersloot, Carib Cement’s General Manager presents a breathalyzer to the Hon. Robert Montague, Minister of Transport and Mining
Members of the Road Safety Unit, the Ministry of Transport and Mining and the Carib Cement team are delighted that the breathalyzers donated by Carib Cement will help make the roads safer.
Members of the Road Safety Unit, the Ministry of Transport and Mining and the Carib Cement team are delighted that the breathalyzers donated by Carib Cement will help make the roads safer.

Caribbean Cement Company rehabilitates road in Litchfield, Manchester – Concrete road improves farmer’s access to markets

Caribbean Cement Company Limited on Sunday December 16, 2018 hosted a ceremony to mark the opening of 530 metres of concrete road in Litchfield, Manchester.

This new road contributes to several social and economic development goals for the district, including better access for farmers to take their goods to market, easier commute for students to schools and shorter distances for residents to other parts of the parish.  The previous road had passed its design life and was in urgent need of rehabilitation.

The project provided men and women from the community with valuable work experience. More than 60 persons have been trained in the proper technique of preparing and laying concrete and in building a concrete road. Seventy-Five persons, as well as micro businesses in the area derived direct and indirect income earning opportunities throughout the project which was completed within five weeks.

Peter Donkersloot, General Manager of Carib Cement said an outstanding feature of the project was the community spirit.

“Carib Cement is really proud to have partnered with a community that has such a great ability to organize and cooperate. You rallied around each other and with Carib Cement to finish this job in good time. Now, we hand it over to you to take care of the roadway; to respect the road code, to promote the safety of all the users.  Walk, Ride, Drive, Cycle with care,” Mr Donkersloot said.

Part of Carib Cement’s goal is for more of Jamaica’s roads to be build or repaired with concrete, which is a more durable and cost-effective material. The Honourable Audley Shaw, Member of Parliament of North East Manchester and Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries said concrete is a sustainable material for developing roads.

“We want to use more of this type of material so that we can have sustainability in our community. I know the farmers have been working hard and I encourage you to continue to do your best. I know the road will make it easier for you…it will also be easier for the children to get to school. We want to keep on improving the roads until the whole community is fixed up properly,” Minister Shaw said.

Litchfield is located within the Mile Gully area of Manchester and is close to Bottom Grove Place and Kraal. The improved road serves as a through road to the communities of Devon, Hibernia, Bethany, Chudleigh, Christiana, Spaulding and Mile Gully. More than 200 hundred homes and 2000 residents live in the area.

Community resident Collin Walters said the new road was a dream come through:  “This is our road and we are very excited about it. But I am imploring drivers to please be very, very, careful. Parents, please tell the children to be aware when they are walking, playing, riding bicycles to be very aware and very careful.”

Completed at a cost of $10.8 million dollars, this development initiative is part of  Carib Cement’s Corporate Responsibility Programme which, since 2016 has invested $265 million in projects, scholarships and training and has reached more than 230,000 Jamaicans.

Parris Lyew-Ayee, Chairman of Carib Cement; Councilor Leroy Mitchell of the Walderston Division of the Manchester Municipal Council; Collin Walters, member of the community; The Hon Audley Shaw, MP and Peter Donkersloot, General Manager of Carib Cement following the unveiling of the sign yesterday marking the opening of the 530metres of concrete road donated by Carib Cement to Litchfield, Manchester.

Caribbean Cement donates jogging trail to university community of Mona Heights 

Caribbean Cement Company Limited has donated a jogging trail at the Mona Heights Park in St. Andrew. This was formally presented on October 27 at a ceremony during which Fayval Williams, Member of Parliament for St. Andrew Eastern and Dr. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health participated.

Peter Donkersloot, General Manager of Carib Cement said: “We are happy to donate this jogging trail to the community and now officially hand this project over to you, to take care of it, maintain it and continue to make it a welcoming place for everyone to exercise and relax.”

The concrete jogging trail is 370 metres long and cost just under J$5mn. It was completed on time, within budget and accident free.

Present at the event were Parris Lyew-Ayee Snr, Chairman of Carib Cement and Andrew Bellamy, Councilor of the Mona Division.

According to the 2011 Census of Population & Housing – Jamaica, there are 1891 households in Mona Heights.

Carib Cement has over the past three years contributed $200 million dollars in community outreach initiatives, which have positively impacted more than 200,000 men, women, boys and girls across Jamaica.

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Caribbean Cement Company Ltd has donated at 370-metre jogging trail at the cost of just under J$5million to the Mona Heights, St. Andrew community.  Celebrating the hand over with the placement of the starting marker are from left, Peter Donkersloot, General Manager of Carib Cement; Dr Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health; Parris Lyew-Ayee, Chairman of Carib Cement and Fayval Williams, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service and Member of Parliament for St. Andrew Eastern, in which Mona Heights is located.

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Parris Lyew-Ayee, (right) Chairman of Caribbean Cement Company Ltd helps with mixing cement to plant the final sign on the recently completed 370-metre jogging trail at the Mona Heights Park in St. Andrew on Saturday, October 27. From left are Andrew Bellamy, Councilor for the Mona Division; Fayval Williams, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service and Member of Parliament for St. Andrew Eastern; Winsome Johns-Gayle, president of the Mona Heights Citizens’ Association; Dr Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health; and Peter Donkersloot, General Manager of Carib Cement.

Recognizing Labour Day In A Meaningful Way.

A team of 40 persons was organized by Carib Cement to brighten up the Camperdown High School in commemoration of Labour Day. This included the painting of a wall built by Carib Cement, the planting of flowers and general maintenance of the school’s grounds. This will impact more than 3000 students that attend the institution as well as their parents and the staff.

The company joined Logos Hope and the Rotary Club of Kingston and Port Royal in this remarkable effort.

It’s all about Family!

Family members of Carib Cement employees were thrilled to participate in the inaugural Carib Cement and CEMEX Family Plant Tour that took place on July 8, 2017. It was a memorable day where the children were provided uniforms to replicate that of their parents which allowed them to envision their parents’ daily work life and have a greater appreciation of their jobs at Carib Cement. The concept was adopted from CEMEX to expose families to our place of work. 

The tour began at Cement Mill 5 and the exciting journey continued along to Kiln 5 and then the hub of the plant – Central Control Room. The group learned about the importance of safety, the cement manufacturing process and the basic operations of the plant. The children were excited as they asked many questions about the plant and the requirements to work at Carib Cement. Feedback provided by one parent was that his child was proud and excited that he had the opportunity to sit in his chair and see what he does every day.

The tour culminated with a hand printing exercise on the Carib Cement/CEMEX Family Wall which serves as another reminder to all employees that we must return home safely.

RE_ Emailing_ Management – Caribbean Cement Com 1..Carib Cement Brings Concrete Solution to David’s Hill

On Friday, August 18, the company proudly opened 300m of concrete roadway in the David’s Hill Community. This Community is nestled in the Hills of the Blue Mountains and supplies one of Jamaica’s favorite exports – Blue Mountain Coffee, among other cash crops that feed Jamaica.

Carib’s Cements investment in the project included the cement and the expertise to construct the roadway in a challenging terrain, with gradients in excess of 30 degrees.  Members of the community and Member of Parliament for the area, the Most Honorable Juliet Holness, expressed their heartfelt gratitude to Carib Cement. During Mrs. Holness’ expression of thanks, she used the opportunity to champion the concrete road solution, inviting influential persons to migrate to this durable option, especially for the rural roads in Jamaica.

Carib Cement is happy to  have made this investment in infrastructure to facilitate agriculture and help the people of Jamaica. Carib Cement…Building a Greater Jamaica!

RE_ Emailing_ Management – Caribbean Cement Com..Carib Cement Invests in Sports

Once again, Carib Cement’s commitment to corporate social responsibility was highlighted with the inauguration of the newly refurbished and upgraded Donmair Sporting Complex last Thursday, August 17, by the Member of Parliament, Minister   Karl Samuda, and General Manager Mr. Peter Donkersloot.

This community now boasts of having a world class facility as Carib’s investment resulted in the refurbishment of the football field, the netball/basketball court as well as repairs to the walls and fencing of the facility. The complex was also upgraded with viewing stands, bathrooms and a small office. As a result, the residents of the Common and Beverlydale communities are now well equipped to accommodate competing teams from other communities.

Members of the communities who were in attendance at the ceremony expressed their appreciation and gratitude by using the facilities as soon as the formalities were  completed. Another sound investment by Carib Cement.

Carib Cement…Building a Greater Jamaica!

Painting at Camperdown High School

At the Camperdown High School, the Carib Cement team joined 100 volunteers to paint, clean up and improve the general aesthetics of the school buildings and grounds. Besides labour, Carib Cement’s contribution was donating cement and paints to beautify identified areas as well as the reading room and some classrooms. Over 2,000 students and staff benefited from this donation.

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