The new financial year to June 2018 will mark the first year as a fundamentally reshaped Murray & Roberts, with a renewed focus on value creation and delivering Engineered Excellence in everything that we do.

The road we have travelled over the past few years has been a challenging one, but Murray & Roberts is a resilient organisation that emerged strongly and with a promising outlook. The feature article in this edition is about the “reshaped” Murray & Roberts Group in the context of our New Strategic Future and I discuss who we are today, especially after being known as a civil and building contractor for more than a century.

We secure and deliver projects globally and the reports from our three business platforms once again exhibit the Group’s multinational capability. Recently, RUC Cementation Mining (part of the Underground Mining platform) secured their largest contract to date with Dacian Gold Limited in Australia and Murray & Roberts Power & Energy (part of the Power & Water platform) successfully delivered a marine gas storage facility for the Ghana Oil Company in Takoradi, Ghana. Clough AMEC (part of the Oil & Gas platform) has also been awarded a maintenance services contract with Yara International ASA.

I enjoyed hosting our first Town Hall Talk earlier this year, where employees had an opportunity to speak with me on various Group issues, and we will continue to provide similar opportunities into the future. Another employee engagement initiative was the first of our quarterly breakfasts hosted by Daniël Grobler and myself. At this breakfast, we hosted five employees and the concept of Engineered Excellence was the main discussion point. We concluded that whatever the task at hand, whether we are developing our people, or delivering our projects, it should always be ‘Engineered’ to achieve an outcome of ‘Excellence’.

Finally, I want to make use of this opportunity to extend my appreciation to Mahlape Sello, who retires as Murray & Roberts’ chairman at the annual general meeting later this year. Mahlape, thank you for your support in pursuing our New Strategic Future. Suresh Kana will succeed Mahlape as chairman, and I would also like to welcome Suresh in his new role.

Enjoy this edition of Robust.