Welcome to the first edition of Robust for 2017! I trust you had a restful festive break and hope that the year ahead will be prosperous for you and your families.

It’s important to reflect, but without losing sight of where you’d like to be in the future. In my feature article I will touch on both, with a specific focus on what I believe will be an exciting future for the Group, post the challenging macroeconomic period we currently face.

I recognise the hard work from our corporate finance and legal teams in seeing through three challenging agreements and transactions; the settlement agreement following historical collusive conduct, between seven listed construction companies and the South African Government, the settlement of all Gautrain development period disputes and the sale of the Infrastructure & Building businesses.

The rest of the issue features news updates on each of our business platforms, profiles our energetic and friendly frontline office team, highlights the 2016 Jack Cheetham and Letsema Award winners and the Murray & Roberts Child Welfare Fund reports back on the difference that our employees, business partners and clients’ generosity has made to vulnerable children across South Africa.

Most importantly, I acknowledge and thank Cobus Bester, who in December 2016 announced his retirement as Group Financial Director after a tenure of almost six years, and more than a decade of service to the Group – read more inside.

I hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as I have.