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Murray & Roberts awarded mammoth R2.6bn Venetia mine contract

By: Natalie Greve In what could be the single-largest contract awarded to construction major Murray & Roberts (M&R) since the Eskom power build programme, M&R subsidiary M&R Cementation has secured a R2.6-billion contract to develop an underground mine beneath diamond major De Beers’ openpit Venetia mine, in... 

Murray & Roberts Sets Up A Permanent Presence In Zambia

Murray & Roberts officially opened its new offices in Kitwe, Zambia, in early November 2013, establishing a permanent operational base from which to support projects both in Zambia and in other key areas of the Central African infrastructure and mineral resources arenas. Allan Widlake, Murray &... 

Company Annoucements:Murray & Roberts sets its sights on African expansion

By: Creamer Media Reporter Mining, energy and infrastructure yield big opportunities for growth In November this year, South African construction and engineering company Murray & Roberts will add Mozambique to the list of African countries where it has a permanent presence. This follows operations opened in Ghana and... 

With recovery year done, M&R seeks growth in mining, oil and gas

By: Irma Venter Construction group Murray & Roberts has concluded the recovery year of its three-year recovery and growth strategy, says CEO Henry Laas. With the 2013 and 2014 financial years now labelled as growth years, he warns, however, that there is no “remarkable recovery” envisaged in the construction... 

M&R says it’s not overly exposed to culled mining project pipeline

By: Terence Creamer JSE-listed construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts (M&R), which is increasingly pinning its fortunes to continued growth in the mining, oil and gas sectors, moved to assure investors on Thursday that it was not overly exposed to some of the recently announced mining-project cutbacks.... 

Company announcement: Murray & Roberts secures an estimated R2 Billion in new Contracts

Murray & Roberts has secured close to R2 billion in new contracts during the month of October.  

Chile rescue to tap into 100 years of South African mining experience  

By: Irma Venter The plan to save the 33 Chilean mineworkers trapped 688 m from the surface in a space no bigger than a sitting room, was not a “guaranteed process”, said Murray & Roberts CE Brian Bruce on Thursday. One of the 108-year-old company’s subsidiaries, Cementation, was working to free the miners,... 

Aquarius suspends output at Marikana after deadly accident

By: Loni Prinsloo JSE-listed Aquarius Platinum has suspended operations at the Marikana mine's number-four shaft, after five contract workers died on Tuesday evening. Two more workers were injured in the major fall-of-ground accident, but did not sustain life-threatening injuries. 

Company’s mining contracting business experiences growth

Construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) experienced strong growth in its mining contracting business for the year to June 2009. 

SA contractor fires 3 900 workers after illegal strike at Aquarius

By: Esmarie Swanepoel South African mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation had terminated the employment of around 3 900 of its staff at the Aquarius Platinum operations in Rustenburg, as no agreement could be reached regarding an illegal strike. The strike action, which affected about 75% of underground... 

Murray & Roberts to cut 1 400 mining jobs

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation said it would retrench about 1 400 employees, after it served a Section 189 notice to trade unions. Murray & Roberts Cementation manager Henry Laas told Mining Weekly Online that the headcount reduction came after several projects, in which the... 

M&R Cementation employee killed in Impala mine accident

By: Chanel de Bruyn An employee of Murray & Roberts Cementation died at the weekend following an accident, at a Impala Platinum mine. This brought the death toll in South Africa's mines to 155 for the year. 

Wesizwe goes ahead with flagship SA platinum project

By: Chanel de Bruyn Platinum junior Wesizwe Platinum will proceed with its flagship 350 000-oz/y platinum-group metals (PGMs) Frischgewaagd-Ledig project, the company announced on Wednesday. As the deferral of the project was considered to be "detrimental to shareholder value" the project would proceed according to... 

Company Announcement: Investment In People Keeps Murray & Roberts Cementation

Attached please find a press release on: It is of major significance that the revenue set for Murray & Roberts Cementation for 2010 has been reached two years sooner than planned. This is according to Henry Laas, managing director of this leading mining contracting company.  

Company Announcement: Murray & Roberts cementation surges ahead

The financial year ended June 2007 was good for Murray & Roberts Cementation, with the company reporting revenue growth of approximately 20% over the previous year. 

Mock-ups, computer-aided training to enhance productivity

By: Neal Goldwyer Additional shaft mock-ups, a multimedia education centre, and two new mining equipment simulators are planned for the Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy at its premises in Bentley Park near the town of Carletonville on the West Rand. 

Engineering firm wins Blue Ridge mine contract

By: cheryl reddy Engineers and contractors in industrial design, Murray & Roberts Cementation has been named the preferred contractor for the Blue Ridge Platinium mine situated on the eastern limb of South Africa’s Bushveld complex. 

Contract mining an ‘attractive’ growth opportunity

Contract mining represents an attractive growth opportunity for Murray & Roberts Cementation in the medium to long term, both locally as well as for selected other countries on the African continent. This is according to Murray & Roberts Cementation MD Henry Laas. 

‘Significant opportunities for growth’

By: Bert Swart Several contractors have started declining participation in mining contracts in Africa due to capacity problems, underscoring the fact that there is a high level of activity, not only in Africa, but also globally. 

SA company makes big advances in vertical raisedrilling technology

By: Marius Roodt South African multinational Murray & Roberts is well-positioned to provide its clients in the global mining industry with a single point of responsibility for project design and implementation, says Murray & Roberts RUC MD Henry Laas. 

Mining contracting company restructures

By: marisa rodrigues The restructuring of mining contracting company Murray & Roberts RUC, which was completed in July has been more than a mere name change, but rather about forming a new company with a far wider service offering. 

New identity for mining-project leader

By: Joanne Delaurentis As of this month Murray & Roberts subsidiary RUC will now be known as Murray & Roberts RUC, in a move by the group to present a unitary face to its target market. 

Innovation the engine of growth

By: Zonika Botha As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Murray & Roberts, RUC Holdings Limited of the East Rand hardly needs any formal introduction. 

Asian crisis causes cracks in global granite industry

By: System Author The need to become more competitive, as well as to survive economically, has prompted the granite industry to put more effort into developing geological models for mining areas, Kelgran Africa MD Henry Laas tells Mining Weekly. “We believe that, with a better understanding of geology, we... 


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