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Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th September 2017 Unit 1 of Eskom’s Kusile power station has been brought into full production. 

M&R homes in on US construction acquisition

By: Terence Creamer     24th August 2017 Restructured engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R), which offers project lifecycle services in selected natural resources markets globally, is actively pursuing a US acquisition, which it hopes to consummate during the company’s 2018 financial year. CEO Henry Laas tells... 

No change in Gautrain ownership – Vadi

By: African News Agency      23rd August 2017 Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi on Wednesday slammed an announcement by construction company Murray & Roberts that it would soon acquire a 50% ownership in the Gautrain. Vadi and the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) said Tuesday’s announcement by M&R was premature. 

M&R buys further 17% stake in Bombela Concession Company for R405m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd August 2017 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) will acquire a further 17% interest in the Bombela Concession Company (BCC) for R405-million, taking its overall stake in BCC to 50%. BCC was established to manage the design, partial financing, delivery, operation and maintenance of the Gautrain rapid rail link,... 

M&R warns ‘costly’ Middle East exit will drag 2017 earnings lower

By: Terence Creamer     17th August 2017 Engineering group Murray & Roberts (M&R), which sold its Southern African infrastructure and building units to a Southern Palace-led consortium in November, has warned that its earnings will fall by more than expected in 2017, owing to additional costs associated with four remaining building... 

Concor Buildings Showcases Flexibility On Makro Riversands Project

     14th August 2017 Visible Felt Leadership is a philosophy that Concor Construction drives and an excellent example of a project where this is reaping significant rewards is the Concor Buildings Makro Riversands contract. Concor Buildings, previously known as Murray & Roberts Buildings, is part of Concor... 

Sunrise Energy liquefied petroleum gas import terminal, South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th August 2017 The terminal was officially launched on August 8. 

M&R says Australia maintenance contract a signal of future strategic intent

By: Terence Creamer     10th August 2017 The oil and gas unit of Murray & Roberts (M&R) has been awarded a five-year contract to perform maintenance services at a liquid ammonia plant and a technical ammonium nitrate (TAN) plant on the Burrup Peninsula, in Western Australia. Norway’s Yara International, which owns the facilities,... 

Electrical surgery

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     4th August 2017 It has long been clear to me that it is about time that State-owned power utility Eskom was sliced up and sold. You have to understand that I am a great supporter of Eskom; I worked for the utility and I greatly admire some of its systems, in particular, the distribution maintenance systems.... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     4th August 2017 The project continues to closely manage contractor productivity. 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th July 2017 Eskom is focusing on maintaining momentum of construction progress on Units 4 to 1. 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 The Loeriesfontein Wind Farm is using a mobile transformer to allow for an early connection to the grid for the commissioning of its turbines. 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 Eskom signed a loan agreement with the China Development Bank, which will form part of the funding for the Medupi power plant. 

Concor Infrastructure Showcases Engineering Excellence On Complex Road Contract

     26th June 2017 Concor Infrastructure is currently constructing one of the largest road infrastructure developments undertaken by its client, the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL,) in KwaZulu-Natal. It is constructing 33 km of dual carriageway on the N2 between the Mtunzini Toll Plaza and... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     9th June 2017 Eskom announced on June 1 that Unit 4 had been synchronised to the grid. 

Sunrise Energy liquefied petroleum gas import terminal, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     9th June 2017 One of two international traders has discharged 2 450 t of liquefied petroleum gas through Sunrise’s Saldanha Bay terminal, in the Western Cape. 

Southern Palace outlines vision for radically transformed M&R infrastructure unit 

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th May 2017 The newly black-owned construction company conceived from a R314-million sale agreement between engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) and black-empowered Southern Palace Group aims to build on its 115-year heritage to become a “leading, Tier 1, infrastructure player in South... 

Southern Palace outlines vision for radically transformed M&R infrastructure unit 

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th May 2017 The newly black-owned construction company, conceived from a R314-million sale agreement between engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) and black-empowered Southern Palace Group, aims to build on its 115-year heritage to become a “leading, tier one, infrastructure player in... 

Rocla Celebrates 100 Years Of Excellence

     17th May 2017 This year Rocla, one of South Africa’s leading manufacturers of precast concrete products, celebrates 100 years of excellence in the supply of products to the infrastructure, building and construction industries.   The Infrastructure Specialist Group (ISG) was formed in 2013 when Rocla,... 

‘Costly’ closure of Middle East business to impact on M&R earnings

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th May 2017 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) on Monday confirmed that it would exit the Middle East by the end of 2017 and said the “costly” closure of the business would impact on its financial year-end results. M&R sold its infrastructure and building businesses to a consortium led by black-empowered... 

M&R a co-applicant with GE in dispute with Eskom over Duvha contract

By: Terence Creamer     26th April 2017 Murray & Roberts (M&R) has confirmed that it is a co-applicant with GE’s in court bid to prevent Eskom from implementing a contract with Dongfang Electric Corporation for the Duvha Unit 3 boiler recovery project. The 600 MW boiler was damaged catastrophically in March 2014 as a result of over... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th April 2017 Construction at the Khobab Wind Farm has begun in earnest with the arrival of various wind turbine components. 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     7th April 2017 Eskom announced on April 3 that Unit 5 had reached commercial operation. 

M&R Water, partner offer emergency desalinated water solutions in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     3rd April 2017 Murray & Roberts (M&R) Water and Australian-based Osmoflo have concluded a memorandum of agreement to offer emergency desalination plants in South Africa. Through its agreement with Osmoflo, M&R Water has four 7 000 m3/d sea water desalination plants that are immediately available to the drought... 

Emergency desalinated water solutions for drought stricken areas of South Africa

     3rd April 2017 Murray & Roberts Water and Osmoflo (an Australian-based company) concluded a Memorandum of Agreement to offer emergency desalination plants to the Southern African market. Harry Singleton, Operations Executive, Murray & Roberts Water comments: “Osmoflo has a business model built around supplying... 

Murray & Roberts Proves It Can On Fast Track Refurb Contract

     3rd April 2017 Working to exact measurements, a fast-track construction programme, unprecedented rainfall, operating within 100 metres of a premier Sandton Hotel and having two tight site boundaries are a few of the challenges faced by leading building contractor, Murray & Roberts Buildings, on its contract at... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     31st March 2017 The Khobab Wind Farm has completed the lifting of the first of its 61 wind turbine generators ahead of schedule. 

Grayston bridge inquiry may be postponed to July 2018

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th March 2017 The Department of Labour’s (DoL) inquiry into the collapse of the Grayston drive pedestrian bridge, on Gauteng’s M1 highway – which resulted in the death of two people and the injury of a further 19 –  may be postponed to July, 2018. The presiding inspector Lennie Samuel said that he would make a... 

Patel says construction fund will be ‘open to public scrutiny’

By: Terence Creamer     27th March 2017 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has pledged that all transactions pursued under the R1.5-billion Tirisano Fund – which is to be capitalised by the seven the construction companies that recently signed up to the Voluntary Rebuilding Programme (VRP) – will be “be open to public... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th March 2017 Loeriesfontein Wind Farm has completed the installation of its 61 wind turbines. 

Dawn welcomes new CEO

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th March 2017 JSE-listed Distribution and Warehousing Network (Dawn) has appointed Edwin Hewitt CEO, effective April 1, to succeed Stephen Connelly, who is taking up the position of executive deputy chairperson. Hewitt was appointed chief restructuring officer at Dawn in February, working with a major bank,... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th March 2017 The Kusile power station’s Unit 1 has reached its full 800 MW load-generating capacity after initial synchronisation on December 26. 

Grayston drive bridge inquiry postponed again 

By: African News Agency      14th March 2017 The Department of Labour’s commission of inquiry into the Grayston Drive bridge collapse along the M1 which was scheduled to resume at the end of the month has been postponed again, the department said on Tuesday. The inquiry, scheduled for March 27 to May 4, was postponed due to “technical... 

Laas sees German group’s interest in M&R as ‘an opportunity, not a threat’

By: Irma Venter     10th March 2017 Murray & Roberts (M&R) CEO Henry Laas views ATM Holding’s acquisition of a 25.5% shareholding in M&R, as “an opportunity, not a threat”. “I’m pretty relaxed about what is happening.” 

Murray & Roberts appoints new FD

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th March 2017 Murray & Roberts (M&R) has appointed Daniël Grobler as its new group FD, effective April 1, to succeed retiring Cobus Bester who was in the position for six years. A chartered accountant, Grobler has been employed in various financial and leadership functions within the group since 2010. Most... 

Murray & Roberts Buildings Awarded Makro Riversands Contract

     7th March 2017 The new Makro Riversands store in Fourways will be constructed by Murray & Roberts Buildings for Century Riversands Developments. Murray & Roberts Buildings is a division of Murray & Roberts Construction which is being purchased by a consortium led by the Southern Palace Group of Companies and... 

Murray & Roberts Buildings Secures Skukuza Safari Lodge Project

     28th February 2017 Murray & Roberts Buildings has been awarded the R200m contract to construct the new Skukuza Safari Lodge for the South African National Parks Board (SANParks). Rui Santos, managing director of the company which is now part of the Southern Palace Group, says the company is thrilled to have secured... 

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust despite ongoing e-toll tussle 

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 Not too long ago, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was a firm darling among its peers. It was a well-funded State-owned enterprise (SOE) almost never under fire, seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward in its task to manage and expand the country’s road network. Then came... 

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