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2022

  • CHANGE AT THE TOP FOR MURRAY & ROBERTS CEMENTATION

    Monday, 07 November 2022

    Leading underground mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation has named Japie du Plessis as managing director designate. He will take up his position on 1 March 2023. Du Plessis will succeed the current managing director, Mike Wells, who retires at the end of February next year.

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  • FIRST WATER CONTROL DOOR FOR VUP COMPLETED

    Wednesday, 26 October 2022

    An important milestone in the development of the US$2 billion De Beers Venetia Underground Project (VUP) has been reached with the completion of the first of six water control doors which are designed to counter water ingress into the underground mine. The doors have to be completed in advance of first production from the VUP, expected in H1-2023.

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  • MURRAY & ROBERTS CEMENTATION STEADILY TRANSFORMS ITS WORKFORCE

    Wednesday, 05 October 2022

    Transformation in the world of underground mining – historically dominated by white males – is not easy to achieve but Murray & Roberts Cementation, probably the biggest and best-known mining contractor operating in South Africa, believes it is making steady progress towards its goal of having a workforce that reflects the demographics of the country.

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  • MINE PROJECT TAKES STAFF MEMBER FROM LABOURER TO BOILERMAKER

    Tuesday, 13 September 2022

    As part of its ongoing development project the De Beers Venetia Underground Project, Murray & Roberts Cementation has produced its first boilermaker at this site. Thibi Jerry Phala joined the company as an engineering assistant seven years ago and started his apprenticeship in 2019.

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  • VIRTUAL REALITY OPENS NEW DOORS FOR ENGINEERING TRAINING

    Friday, 02 September 2022

    New ground is being broken at the Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy (MRTA), where virtual reality tools are helping learners in engineering fields to understand schematics and diagnose faults on trackless mining machinery. This is part of the MRTA’s ongoing incorporation of new technologies into its training arsenal.

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  • RECOGNISED FOR MAKING THE WORKPLACE SAFER

    Thursday, 04 August 2022

    A string of safety awards has recently been snatched by leading underground mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation. These include prestigious in-house accolades from the Murray & Roberts Group, and industry recognition for six million fatality-free shifts. Risk executive Trevor Schultz accredits the achievements to an ongoing dedication to make zero tolerance a corporate value – not just a slogan.

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  • BOREHOLES PUT EDUCATION BACK ON TRACK FOR PHALABORWA SCHOOLS

    Wednesday, 21 July 2022

    Prayers have been answered for three schools struggling with an unreliable water supply near Phalaborwa in Limpopo province. Working with the Palabora Mining Company, leading underground mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation sponsored boreholes for each school. This is an investment in the country’s future leaders, according to senior project manager Fred Durand.

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  • TRAINING PROGRAMME AT VUP DELIVERS SOUGHT-AFTER SKILLS

    Tuesday, 28 June 2022

    Thanks to Murray & Roberts Cementation’s training initiatives at the Venetia Underground Project (VUP) near Musina in Limpopo Province, two community members – Lucky Ndou and Nakedi Montja – have been able to realise their dreams of becoming diesel mechanics, a qualification in high demand in South Africa.

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  • MURRAY & ROBERTS’ MINING BUSINESS MAKES STRONG RECOVERY

    The Mining Platform of Murray & Roberts, one of the world’s leading mining contracting businesses, is fast putting the economic effects of the COVID pandemic behind it and its order book has now recovered to pre-pandemic levels.

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  • MORE LOCAL ARTISAN SKILLS DEVELOPED AT VENETIA

    Another achiever from the local community near the Venetia Underground Project in Limpopo has become a fully-fledged artisan, thanks to Murray & Roberts Cementation’s learnership programme. Abram Sebola, who joined the company in 2015, has spent the past three years as an electrical apprentice, to emerge recently as a qualified electrician.

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  • ACQUISITIONS STRENGTHEN MINING CONTRACTOR’S CAPABILITY

    The global Mining Platform of Murray & Roberts has significantly extended its capabilities over the past several years with two key acquisitions in the US and Australia, says Mike da Costa, CEO of the platform.

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  • BENTLEY PARK GOES GREEN WITH ITS OWN SOLAR FARM

    As mining embraces smart technologies for safer, more productive mining, so the skills of supervisors must broaden and adapt. This is placing new demands on the training required for supervisors of mechanised operations, in which Murray & Roberts Cementation is at the leading edge.

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  • TRAINING SUPERVISORS FOR A MECHANISED, AUTOMATED FUTURE

    Monday, 14 February 2022

    As mining embraces smart technologies for safer, more productive mining, so the skills of supervisors must broaden and adapt. This is placing new demands on the training required for supervisors of mechanised operations, in which Murray & Roberts Cementation is at the leading edge.

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  • COACHING LEADERSHIP FOR SUPERVISOR IMPACT

    Friday, 18 January 2022

    To ensure that its supervisor training has the desired impact in the workplace, the Murray & Roberts Training Academy (MRTA) provides valuable coaching to its on-site leadership. Using experienced coaches who are qualified at mine overseer level, the aim is to enhance responsible behaviour that promotes safe production.

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2021

  • TRAINING MECHANISED OPERATORS ENTERS VIRTUAL AGE

    Friday, 13 December 2021

    As mining technology advances, the demand grows for skilled and productive operators of mechanised machinery. This calls for training that is multi-layered, preparing operators not just technically but also with an understanding of the cost impacts of their behaviour.

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  • COACHING LEADERSHIP FOR SUPERVISOR IMPACT

    Friday, 03 December 2021

    To ensure that its supervisor training has the desired impact in the workplace, the Murray & Roberts Training Academy (MRTA) provides valuable coaching to its on-site leadership. Using experienced coaches who are qualified at mine overseer level, the aim is to enhance responsible behaviour that promotes safe production.

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  • SUPERVISORY LEADERSHIP HOLDS KEY TO SAFE MINING

    Monday, 15 November 2021

    Great opportunity for further improving safety in mining operations lies in empowering supervisors with leadership skills and understanding. Fields like neuroscience can raise the impact of such training, according to Tony Pretorius, Education, Training and Development (ETD) Executive at Murray & Roberts Cementation.

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  • HIGH-TECH REVOLUTION OPENS DOORS FOR ON-SITE MINE TRAINING

    Tuesday, 12 October 2021

    Futuristic skills training for underground mining is now a reality, and will soon be delivered to the mine gate. With new systems including virtual reality tools and interactive touchscreens, Tony Pretorius of the Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy (MRTA) says they are almost ready to take 21st century techniques to remote mining sites.

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  • TAKING THE DIGITAL ROUTE IN UNDERGROUND MINING

    Wednesday, 22 September 2021

    Mike Wells, managing director of leading underground mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation, says as the mineral sector seeks safer and more automated operations in line with the ‘smart mining’ vision, the company is making good progress with its own digitisation strategy.

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  • DEPTH OF ENGINEERING CAPACITY UNDERPINS MINING

    Wednesday, 19 May 2021

    Mining industry customers look to Murray & Roberts Cementation for engineering excellence to underpin their safety, productivity and profitability. Engineering is a focus that the company continues to prioritise, says engineering services executive, Hercilus Harmse.

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  • YEARS OF SAFETY FOCUS DELIVER FATALITY-FREE RECORD

    Friday, 10 February 2021

    Murray & Roberts Cementation started 2021 with a resounding safety achievement of five million fatality free shifts. Mike Wells, managing director, says reaching this landmark was part of a concerted journey towards Zero Harm by this leading mining services specialist.

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  • Murray & Roberts Cementation achieves five-million fatality-free shifts

    Friday, 5 February 2021

    Murray & Roberts Cementation, with an unrelenting focus on its “breakthrough” Major Accident Prevention (MAP) programme, risk assessments and verification of critical controls in the field, has achieved five-million fatality-free shifts for the first time.

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2020

  • MRTA FORGES AHEAD IN FACE OF COVID LIMITATIONS

    Thursday, 8 October 2020

    Covid-19 lockdown restrictions have not held the Murray & Roberts Training Academy (MRTA) back from launching its new engineering centre for underground trackless mining machinery (TMM), but social distancing requirements have limited the number of learners the MRTA can reach.

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  • Venetia Underground Project forecasting to deliver first ore in H2 2022

    Monday, 7 September 2020

    Notwithstanding the COVID-19 influenced disruptions, development of De Beers’ Venetia Underground Project (VUP) is now 38% complete as of August this year. The project is forecasting to deliver first ore expected during H2 2022, writes Munesu Shoko.

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  • BOOSTING SCARCE SKILLS FOR MINING’S MECHANISED FUTURE

    Wednesday, 14 October 2020

    Forging 21st century skills to boost productivity in South Africa’s mining sector, Murray & Roberts Cementation has further enhanced its training facilities to develop scarce skills in modern underground mining.

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  • GOOD PROGRESS ON PALABORA VENT SHAFT

    Thursday, 13 August 2020

    The sinking of the 1,200-metre deep ventilation shaft at Palabora Copper is proceeding apace, notwithstanding the Covid-19 shutdown and restrictions. Work, by Murray & Roberts Cementation, began on the 8,5 metre diameter shaft in early 2019; pre-sinking has reached a depth of 50 metres and the changeover from pre-sink to main sink is almost complete.

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  • WORKING TOWARDS UNDERGROUND RESOURCES AT OTJIKOTO MINE

    Monday, 3 August 2020

    Vancouver-based B2Gold plans to conduct mining of the Wolfshag zone at its Otjikoto mine in Namibia and has appointed Murray & Roberts Cementation in joint venture with Lewcor Mining to establish the underground stoping horizon.

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  • Boipelo leverages experience to court juniors

    Friday, 27 March 2020

    Coal-focused Boipelo Mining Contractors – a Level 2 broad-based black economic empowerment joint venture formed by Murray & Roberts Cementation (MRC) and the Amandla TM Group – having recognised the opportunity presented by divesting majors, is actively courting players in the midtier, and especially, junior mining space.

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  • LEARNING, SHARING KEY TO SAFETY PROGRESS

    Thursday, 20 February 2020

    With its sights set on Zero Harm in the workplace, Murray & Roberts Cementation is constantly pushing the boundaries with new approaches and initiatives to improve safety.

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  • Boipelo Mining Contractors New Clydesdale Colliery’s silver lining

    Thursday, 16 January 2020

    Since acquiring the New Clydesdale Colliery (NCC) from Exxaro in 2015, ASX-listed coal miner Universal Coal has proven that value can still be realised from older assets. The company has achieved significant success in reopening the underground mine, increasing production from nearby open pit resources and importantly, is making smart decisions to ensure it optimises its performance. LAURA CORNISH visited the mine to find out more.

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  • Palabora copper mine History repeated

    Wednesday, 8 January 2020

    In 2020, Palabora Copper will enter its 64th year of operation – making it one of the oldest mining operations in South Africa. Despite its age, the operation has a long and prosperous future ahead of it. This is due to a significant US$1 billion investment from its 74% owner HBIS Group, a Chinese iron and steel manufacturing conglomerate. The investment entails the development of a new underground block cave mining area known as LIFT II together with supporting underground infrastructure and a large-scale new ventilation shaft. LAURA CORNISH visited the site to learn more about the project.

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2019

  • REGULAR UPGRADES KEEP BENTLEY PARK AT FOREFRONT OF TRAINING

    Tuesday, 22 October 2019

    Further enhancements at the Murray & Roberts Training Academy (MRTA) training facility, Bentley Park, are keeping the organisation at the top of its game in mining skills development.

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2018

  • No press relase for 2018

    Monday, 8 January 2018

    Murray & Robert has not released any press releases for 2018

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2017

  • Virtual technology now used for blast training in SA

    Thursday, 17 August 2017

    Training for underground blasting has just taken a technological leap forward, with the installation and commissioning of Africa’s first virtual reality blast wall with rear-view projection, powered by Simulated Training Solutions, at the Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy near Carletonville, west of Johannesburg.

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  • Murray & Roberts Cementation's Culture by Design initiative yields promising results

    Wednesday, 2 August 2017

    Murray & Roberts Cementation reports promising results from the first formal assessment of the impact of its “1st Choice” programme, implemented in 2010 as an intervention to boost safety levels and establish the company as a 1st Choice employer and service provider in the mining industry.

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2016

  • 3D Printing Adds Greater Functionality

    Thursday, 1 September 2016

    Known for use of best-in-class technology, Murray & Roberts Cementation has added 3D printing technology to its capability portfolio and believes that this will add greater functionality during project design stages.

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2015

  • Petra Diamonds' Cullinan c-cut Phase 1 Expansion Celebrates Signoficant Advancement Progress with Murray & Roberts Cementation

    Sunday, 1 November 2015

    The underground portion of the C-Cut Phase 1 Expansion project at Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan mine, initiated in 2011 and due for completion in 2019, has already been recognised as a major success. Shaft sinking specialist, Murray & Roberts Cementation believes that its dedication to its portion of the overall contract has helped position the project well ahead of schedule.

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  • Murray & Roberts Cementation Showcases Design Innovation and Capabilities with IVANPLATS' NO.2 Headframe

    Sunday, 1 November 2015

    Murray & Roberts Cementation has demonstrated its high quality design and drawing capabilities having recently completed the design of Ivanplats’ mechanised, high tonnage Platreef No. 2 shaft headframe. The design of a headframe of this magnitude is a first for the company and marks a huge milestone achievement says Theo Genis, Murray & Roberts Cementation study manager.

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  • Comprehensive Training Programmes Ensure Learners Entering the Market are Competent and Proficient

    Wednesday, 1 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 Bentley Park to design and develop training programmes that seamlessly combine theory (passive learning) and practice (active learning).

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  • Great Reception for Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy Offering at A-OSH EXPO 2015

    Monday, 1 June 2015

    An emphasis on reacting to market needs has resulted in the development of a number of industry-specific training courses by the Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy. Initially developed to service the training requirements of Murray & Roberts Cementation employees, the courses are now offered to the industry in general.

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  • Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy uses Simulators to Enhance the Learning Experience

    Monday, 1 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 manager at the Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy.

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  • Murray & Roberts Cementation Showcases its MechAnised Mining Skills at Booysendal UG2 North Mine

    Friday, 1 May 2015

    Murray & Roberts Cementation has cemented its superior mechanised contract mining skills set and experience having recently been awarded a three year contract extension at Northam Platinum’s Booysendal division.

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  • Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy at Bentley Park Provides Training on 95% of all Shaft Sinking Activities

    Sunday, 1 February 2015

    The Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy at Bentley Park has adapted its conventional shaft sinking infrastructure to accommodate the latest shaft sinking methodology introduced to the South African mining industry from Cementation Canada. “We are currently equipped to provide 95% of all shaft sinking activities, having taken a unique look into what is required in terms of unpacking the cycles and the related activities, and then actually looking at cost-effective ways of being able to simulate the practical demonstrations,” Tony Pretorius, Risk Manager, says.

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2014

  • Shaft boring machine general mining

    Friday, 1 August 2014

    A renewed emphasis on mechanisation in the mining industry has seen the development of the latest Shaft Boring Machine for Shaft Enlargement (SBE) by Murray & Roberts Cementation and Thyssen Schachtbau, in conjunction with Herrenknecht, both of Germany. This represents the next generation of rodless shaft enlargement machines, the so-called V-Mole technology. The SBE facilitates high sinking speeds of 6 m/d to 10 m/d and maximum safety for shaft boring by means of a pilot borehole. “It is at a point where we have the confidence to market the technology to the mining industry and to announce that it is now available,” Allan Widlake, Murray & Roberts Cementation, Business Development Director, says.

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  • MURRAY & ROBERTS CEMENTATION SETS ITS SIGHTS ON GROWTH INTO AFRICA May 2014

    Thursday, 1 May 2014

    Against a backdrop of waning investor appetite in the South African mining industry, Murray & Roberts Cementation has set its sights on realising the potential for growth it has identified in the greater African market. This focus has led to a formal African growth strategy that has already seen a pleasing growth in the company’s order book from African operations, which currently constitutes about 25% of its turnover.

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  • Murray & Roberts Cementation embarks on Strategic Positioning Initiative

    Tuesday, 1 April 2014

    Towards realising its vision to expand its footprint deeper into the African continent, Murray & Roberts Cementation has embarked on a strategic positioning exercise driven by two primary thrusts — safety and operational excellence. This initiative has seen certain structural changes being introduced to the company’s leadership, designed to ensure that projects are delivered safely, within scope, on time and within budget.

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  • MURRAY & ROBERTS CEMENTATION TRAINING ACADEMY TAKES SIMULATION TO THE NEXT LEVEL

    Monday, 3 February 2014

    The Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy near Carletonville has taken the use of simulation combined with the use of other supporting technology to the next level. Underpinned by a battery of learner support programmes, learner trackless mining machine operators are able to progress from a novice status through a series of carefully designed stages that culminate towards operator applied competence.

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