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Learning opportunity on mining training’s competitive edge 

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2018 The objective of the impressive Murray & Roberts Training Academy in Carletonville is to make mining workplaces safer, more productive, technically proficient and values driven. 

Murray & Roberts Cementation’s Community Training Opens Doors For Unemployed

17th April 2018 A proactive and ongoing training programme by the Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy (MRTA) is empowering hundreds of unemployed community residents with basic technical and safety skills, paving the way for them to enter the job market in mining and other sectors. According to Murray... 

Makhura concerned at delays in Grayston Bridge collapse inquiry

By: African News Agency      9th October 2017 Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Sunday expressed concern at delays in the inquiry into the collapse of the Grayston Bridge in Johannesburg two years ago. The bridge on the M1 highway and the Grayston interchange collapsed on October 14, killing two people and injuring 19. An inquiry into the... 

Championing Delivery

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd February 2017 Founder of black-empowered consulting engineering firm PD Naidoo & Associates Pragalathan Dhanapalan (Dempsey) Naidoo may be retiring from Mott MacDonald, but the civil engineering industry and business world, he tells Tracy Hancock of Engineering News, has not yet seen the last of him. 

Iluka expects 2016 loss after impairments, cuts 90 jobs in company review

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     31st January 2017 Mineral sands provider Iluka has warned of a A$220-million to A$230-million loss for the 2016 financial year, following a company-wide review. “Our review has been aimed at generating shareholder value, and with the completion of the Sierra Rutile acquisition, Iluka has added a large, long-life... 

Murray & Roberts Cementation To Develop Booysendal South Central Complex

9th December 2016 Murray & Roberts Cementation has been awarded the Phase 1 contract for the establishment of a new mine for Northam Platinum. The Booysendal South Central Complex will be established on the same mining lease as Booysendal Platinum Mine, which is situated in Mpumalanga. Allan Widlake, new business... 

Material failure contributed to fatal Johannesburg bridge collapse, insists expert witness 

By: African News Agency      8th July 2016 For the second day running, the head of the University of Pretoria’s Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering Department, Roelf Mostert, gave evidence in the Department of Labour inquiry into the Grayston bridge collapse last year that killed two people and injured 19 others. On Friday,... 

Broken Hill delivers positive scoping study for Copi North

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th February 2016 A scoping study into ASX-listed Broken Hill Prospect’s Copi North heavy mineral sands (HMS) deposit, in New South Wales, has proven the deposit to be economical. Based on a throughput rate of 1.4-million tonnes a year, the Copi North deposit could produce about 100 000 t/y of heavy mineral... 

Iluka H1 profit rises on higher revenues

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th August 2015 Higher revenues have lifted mineral sands miner Iluka’s after-tax net profit for the six months ended June 30 to A$20.4-million, compared with A$11.7-million in the prior comparable period. The company said the increased earnings reflected a lower exchange rate combined with lower depreciation... 

Civils Structures On Track On Murray & Roberts N4 Upgrade Project

3rd August 2015 Work on the civils structures on the Murray & Roberts Infrastructure contract on the N4 toll road project is on track. The upgrade project involves increasing the carrying capacity of an 18 km section of the toll road from east of the Rockdale interchange to just west of the Arnot interchange.... 

Consistent Quality Aggregrate Supplied To N4 Road Contract

27th July 2015 The ability to ensure a consistent quality and ongoing capacity of aggregate supply is a major differentiator in the roadworks and civils industry. B&E International is demonstrating its ability to provide both these critical elements on the Trans African Concessions extensive road rehabilitation... 

Comprehensive Training Programmes Ensure Learners Entering The Market Are Competent And Proficient

23rd July 2015 The ultimate goal of any training programme should be to equip the learner with the necessary knowledge, skills and ability required to perform their job in a safe, proficient and productive manner. Extrapolating on-site experience has allowed the Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy at... 

Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy Uses Simulators To Enhance The Learning Experience

1st June 2015 Virtual learning and the use of simulators has become extremely widespread on a global platform. However, research shows that most mining companies do not use simulation to its full capacity often just going through the motions to acquire basic skills. This is according to Tony Pretorius, risk... 

Iluka restarts WA kiln

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th February 2015 Mineral sands miner Iluka on Thursday announced plans to re-activate part of its Western Australian synthetic rutile production capacity. MD David Robb told shareholders that following the completion of detailed planning and negotiations, the company had taken the decision to restart its... 

Murray & Roberts Infrastructure Successfully Completes

24th October 2014 Murray & Roberts Infrastructure has successfully completed a challenging runway rehabilitation project at George Airport in the Western Cape for the Airports Company South Africa that involved placing 2 080 t of Novachip Ultra Thin Friction Course on top of the new asphalt on the runway. In... 

Dainfern Square shopping centre project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd October 2014 Main contractor Murray & Roberts started casting the decks for the groundfloor and roof erection of the Dainfern Square shopping centre in August this year. 

Murray & Roberts Buildings Progresses With Construction Of Dainfern Square

27th August 2014 Main contractor Murray & Roberts Buildings is making good progress on the new Dainfern Square Shopping Centre, north of Johannesburg, being developed by Abacus Asset Management. This upmarket mixed-use retail development on the corner of William Nicol Drive and Broadacres Drive is expected to... 

PRASA pushes ahead with fleet refurb plan despite new-train order

By: Irma Venter     8th August 2014 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) will continue refurbishing its existing Metrorail fleet for another 15 years, despite the R51-billion acquisition of 600 new trains of six cars each, signed last year. Not all the new coaches will come on stream at once, which means the existing... 

Metrorail refurbishment to run for another 15 years  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th August 2014 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has signed a R51-billion order for 600 new trains. However, all of these trains will not be delivered at once, which means Prasa’s refurbishment programme will have to run another 15 years.  

Metrorail refurb to run for 15 years, CTLE rail theft being resolved

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 2014 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) will continue refurbishing its existing Metrorail fleet for another 15 years, despite the R51-billion acquisition of 600 new trains of six cars each, signed last year. Not all the new coaches will come on stream at once, which means the existing... 

Firms merge to create empowered precast-concrete group 

By: Irma Venter     13th June 2014 Precast concrete specialists Salberg Concrete Products and Ubuntu Pre-Cast have merged to form a new company with an estimated yearly turnover of R100-million. The 51% black-owned company will retain the name Salberg Concrete Products, as it is a well-known brand in the market, says the new... 

Salberg, Ubuntu merge into new R100m empowered entity

By: Irma Venter     22nd May 2014 Precast concrete specialists Salberg Concrete Products and Ubuntu Pre-Cast have merged to form a new company with an estimated yearly turnover of R100-million. The 51% black-owned company will retain the name Salberg Concrete Products, as it is a well-known brand in the market, said the new... 

Getting It Right

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     13th December 2013 In the Engineering News edition of November 15, 2013, we incorrectly stated in our Civil Engineering and Construction feature that Murray & Roberts had received accolades at the Construction Awards, in New York. In fact, two of Murray & Roberts Construction's companies received the accolades at... 

Two Murray & Roberts Construction Companies Receive “Best Projects” Accolades

31st October 2013 Two Murray & Roberts Construction companies received accolades at the recent 2013 Construction World’s Best Projects awards ceremony that recognises projects across the entire construction industry. Murray & Roberts Western Cape was named the overall winner of the Building Contractors for its... 

M&R outlines labour losses and concerns, confirms more competition provisions

By: Irma Venter     13th September 2013 Murray & Roberts has accrued around R350-million in losses in its South African business owing to labour unrest and strikes in the 2013 financial year, says CE Henry Laas. He says the deteriorating labour situation in South Africa is a “big problem”, and that he is concerned about the spate of... 

Murray & Roberts Cementation Facility is Unique in the Mining Arena

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd July 2013 The Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy carries the exclusive distinction of being the only training facility of its kind in South Africa that is ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:1999 certificated 

M&R Cementation wins ARM-Vale Zambia contract

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     13th June 2013 Murray & Roberts Cementation has been awarded a contract for trackless, high-speed development at the Lubambe copper mine, in Zambia, which South Africa's African Rainbow Minerals jointly owns with Brazil’s Vale and Zambia Consolidated Copper. The project was scheduled to extend to January 2014,... 

Iluka 2012 output, revenues down 30%

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th January 2013 Mineral sands miner Iluka on Thursday reported a 30.5% drop in production volumes for the full year, as the company reduced output to match the declining demand environment. Total mineral sands production for the year reached 811 800 t, compared with the 1.16-million tons produced in 2011. 

Gautrain rapid rail link, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     14th September 2012 The delay and disruption claim the Bombela consortium has filed against the Gauteng government regarding the Gautrain project is unlikely to be “settled in the short term”. 

Iluka profit climbs despite sales volumes falling 35%

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd August 2012 Despite the softening market demand, mineral sands miner Iluka Resources on Thursday reported an 88.1% increase in net profit after tax for the first six months of the year. Net profit rose to $274.4-million from the $145.9-million reported in the previous corresponding period, while sales... 

Company Announcement: Superior Performance Leads to Concor Opencast Mining Renewing Contract at Implats for the Twelfth Time

19th July 2012 Consistently achieving well beyond production and safety targets over the last eleven years at Impala Platinum’s opencast mine near Rustenburg has led to Concor Opencast Mining renewing the contract for another year 

Medupi, Kusile steel fabrication on schedule

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2012 Steel fabricator Genrec, which is part of the Murray & Roberts group, has fabricated nearly 50% of the 220 000 t of steel required for the erection of boiler units at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power plants. 


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