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Murray & Roberts Cementation

Mine Engineering Design, Underground and Surface Exploration Drilling, Raisedrilling, Shaftboring, Shaft Sinking, Contract Mining

The Cementation Group has a history of more than 100 years serving the mining industry and has become recognised as the leading mining contracting group worldwide with a presence in Africa, Australia, North and South America.

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The Cementation Group has a history of more than 100 years serving the mining industry and has become recognised as the leading mining contracting group worldwide with a presence in Africa, Australia, North and South America. When the mining industry contracts with the Cementation Group, which includes Murray & Roberts Cementation, RUC Cementation Mining Contractors Australia, Cementation Canada and Cementation Sudamerica, it engages with partners that have an incomparable global track record.

Shaft sinking, raise drilling, contract mining, tunnelling and exploration drilling

The Cementation Group, through the four companies, has the infrastructure and resources to mobilise teams from across the continents and can deliver total project solutions across the full value chain of any mine operation. This covers the spectrum from specialist pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, engineering and mine design through to construction management. Its services further cover shaft sinking, raise drilling, contract mining, tunnelling and exploration drilling.

The Cementation Group is committed to world-class fulfilment, safety and a healthy environment. Our leadership and people offer clients unsurpassed industry knowledge, skill and experience in all aspects of mining project delivery, from concept to commissioning.


As the leading mining contracting group in the world, The Cementation Group offers a comprehensive range of capabilities and services covering the full spectrum of the mining value chain.

Murray & Roberts has a proven track record in sinking vertical and inclined shafts.
We employ a large fleet of mechanised mining equipment, dedicated and trained people and can undertake any mining contract.
Murray & Roberts can deliver total project solutions across the full value chain of any mine operation.
Murray & Roberts operates a large fleet of machines, from small raisedrilling rigs to some of the largest machines ever manufactured for this purpose.
Murray & Roberts pioneered the pneumatic shaft drill rig, now commonly used in conventional shaft sinking.

Mine development: shaft sinking, mine haulage, excavation and shaft refurbishment

The Cementation Group offers a complete range of mine development services, including:

  • Vertical and decline shaft sinking and equipping
  • Mine haulage development and tunnelling
  • Underground chamber excavation and support and equipment installation
  • Shaft refurbishment

Contract or toll mining

The Cementation Group introduced the concept of contract mining and is the recognised leader in this field, offering the following services:

  • Mine design and planning, specialist pre-feasibility and feasibility studies
  • Mining equipment and fleet maintenance studies
  • Underground infrastructure design and installation
  • Mechanised and semi-mechanised development and stopping

Mine services

The Cementation Group is uniquely positioned to offer a comprehensive range of mining services to support its mine development and contract mining services. Our services used extensively throughout the industry include:

  • Deep hole surface exploration drilling using the most modern equipment
  • Underground exploration drilling
  • Medium and large-diameter raise drilling, shaft boring and drain hole drilling
  • Directional drilling
  • Drop raising
  • High-pressure underground water management, control and sealing (cementation, water doors, cover drilling and grounding)
  • Underground dam and high-pressure bulkhead construction
  • Grout-plant design, construction and operation and grout-pack installation

Mine engineering

The Cementation Group has identified a need within the mining industry – a requirement of a design build service for independent design build services for shaft sinking and related mining. This specialist service was a natural expansion of the in-house design services provided to support operational divisions. The service integrates the practical knowledge of the operations with the design ability of the Mine Engineering department and the data banks of the estimating and scheduling department.

The result is a service that provides clients with a practical design function which has close links with the operational services provided by The Cementation Group in shaft sinking, raise drilling, contract mining, and other mining services. The Cementation Group provides a platform for sharing of the world’s best practise in the field of shaft sinking and design for the benefit of its clients.

Value offerings from mine engineering:

  • Conceptual studies relating to shaft design, shaft sinking , infrastructural services and backfill
  • Specialist pre feasibility studies for the above fields
  • Mine design for sinking, horizontal development, stopping, surface infrastructure and backfilling
  • Shaft and shaft furnishings including hoisting conveyances, loading arrangements and materials handling facilities
  • Draughting (mechanical, structural, piping, electrical, civil)
  • Project estimating and scheduling
  • Procurement
  • Document control
  • Operational risk assessment

Mount Morgans Gold Project

Mount Morgans gold project is a brownfield gold mine located 25km south-west of Laverton gold district, the second biggest gold province in Australia after Kalgoorlie. The Mount Morgans project is 100% owned by Dacian Gold.

Murray & Roberts Cementation Awarded Cullinan Diamond Mine Contract

Cullinan Diamond Mine, a member of the Petra Diamonds group, has awarded Murray & Roberts Cementation a contract that includes the deepening of Shaft 1 and Shaft 3 at the Cullinan diamond mine, together with the associated infrastructure and planned level development to the Cullinan ore body.

16 August 2012

All Systems Go at Booysendal

Murray & Roberts Cementation got off to a good start on a prestigious R1.3-bn contract to develop four declines for Northam's new Booysendal Platinum Mine.

18 October 2011

Murray & Roberts Cementation to Sink and Equip Mopani Shaft

Murray & Roberts Cementation Zambia has been awarded the shaft sinking and equipping of the synclinorium shaft for Mopani Copper Mines in Kitwe, Zambia. The new shaft is expected to add about 25 years to the life of the Nkana copper and cobalt mine near Kitwe. The main shaft, which wil

28 August 2011

Murray & Roberts Success with Local African Projects

As the mining sector continues to flood into Africa, sinking and underground development mining specialist, Murray & Roberts Cementation is proving that the South African mining landscape remains equally as active, and attractive, Murray & Roberts Cementation business development director

11 July 2011

Culture by Design Initiative Yields Promising Results

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.

29 June 2011

Most Advanced Shaft Lining System Goes to Work in Botswana

Murray & Roberts Cementation has introduced the most advanced shaft lining technology used in the African mining industry and is poised to deploy it on its first job at a mine in Botswana to apply shotcrete to support two 6m diameter vertical shafts which will be sunk to a depth of 110m.

9 May 2011

Combination of Techniques Reduces Cost of Shaftsinking

Soft-ground digging, drilling, blasting and raiseboring are being combined for the first time to sink a new shaft for a manganese mine in South Africa. This method of shaftsinking will enhance safety and improve productivity of the shaftsinking process, says mining infrastructure constr

7 April 2011

Murray & Roberts Cementation Secures Turnkey Contract at Morupule

Murray & Roberts Cementation has secured a turnkey contract to raisedrill and support two ventilation shafts at Debswana’s Morupule colliery in Botswana. Both shafts, each with a 6.1m diameter, will have a final depth of 100m. The scope of work includes the project management of the

28 February 2011

First Choice Murray & Roberts Cementation

More than 100 years of service to the mining industry has established Murray & Roberts Cementation as the undisputed leader as first-choice underground mining contractor in Africa, predominant in shaft-sinking, contract-mining, raisedrilling and shaft-boring technology and services.

27 October 2010

Murray & Roberts Cementation Secures South Deep Vent Shaft Contract

Murray & Roberts Cementation secured the contract to deepen the existing ventilation shaft at Gold Fields' South Deep mine to a depth of 2990 metres. The shaft is being extended to match the man and materials shaft adjacent to it, which is currently the deepest rock hoisting shaft in the worl

11 July 2010

Murray & Roberts Promote Safety Not by Default but by Design

"Safety is not a bolt-on, it's an integral, vital part of the entire business management process and the personal responsibility of each individual." This statement by Koos Oosthuizen, risk executive at Murray & Roberts Cementation, helps explain how the company has achieved its impressive sa

5 May 2010

New Milestones Achieved by Local Engineering Contractor

South African engineering contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation has amassed a number of accreditations and achievements of late. Most significant among these is the impressive safety record of three million fatality-free shifts at Kroondal Platinum Mine in the North West province.

5 May 2010

Chilean Project Marks Start of Group’s New Synergy

The mining contracting division of construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts, Murray & Roberts Cementation South Africa and Cementation Canada, have been selected as one of the preferred contractors for the shaft design packages at the Chuquicamata mine in Chile. Murr

12 April 2010

Murray & Roberts Cementation Awarded Multiple Shaft Sinking Projects

Engineering contractors Murray & Roberts Cementation has been awarded a number of new shaft sinking projects in Southern Africa, as well as in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A contract was also awarded to the company in December last year to deepen the vent shaft in a mine

12 April 2010

Murray & Roberts Awarded Multiple Shaft Sinking Projects

Engineering contractors Murray & Roberts Cementation has been awarded a number of new shaft sinking projects in Southern Africa, as well as in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A contract was also awarded to the company in December last year to deepen the vent shaft in a mine

12 April 2010

Murray & Roberts Cementation Develops New Shaft Sinking Methodology

Murray & Roberts Cementation is currently engineering a new shaft sinking methodology for its African operations that will see an increase in the safety and productivity of shaft sinking project teams. "Innovative organisations do not wait for things to break before they fix them,"

23 January 2010

Murray & Roberts Cementation In Large Backfill Contract

One of the deepest backfill operations in the world is to be upgraded to accommodate advanced mining methods at Gold Fields' South Deep gold mine. South Deep, a fully mechanised deep level mine, will be equipped with a new backfilling plant using innovative technology to de-stress the m

24 November 2009

Townlands: More Space to Breathe

Anglo Platinum's Rustenburg Section is currently undergoing an era of change with a number of reserve replacement projects still underway to extend the life of some of the oldest platinum mines in South Africa. The Townlands Ore Replacement Project (TORP) is one such project – which has necessita

20 October 2009

The Biggest Underground Mining Contractor By Far

Although not unaffected by the downturn, Murray & Roberts Cementation remains South Africa’s biggest underground mining contractor by a wide margin, with a workforce that is almost twice as big as that of its nearest rival. The company’s budget for the year to 30 June 2010 is only marginally

20 August 2009

Contract Mining Company Spending Above National Average on Training

Mining, engineering and construction contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation remains committed to the development and training of its base of over 11,000 employees despite the economic downturn. The company invests a large amount of time, money and effort in training and d

6 May 2009

Well Trained Personnel Equals High Levels of Safety

Murray & Roberts Cementation has safety as its primary objective and this requires a completely different approach to mining activities and, in particular, to shaftsinking activities. Allan Widlake, business development director at Murray & Roberts Cementation, told Mining Week

31 March 2009

Murray & Roberts Cementation – The World Leader in Mining Contracting

South African-based Murray & Roberts Cementation is part of the greater Murray & Roberts Group, a leading international engineering contracting and construction services company with a focus on the industrial and mining, oil and gas, power and energy, building and infrastructure markets i

5 March 2009

Murray & Roberts Cementation Gearing Up For Wesizwe

Murray & Roberts Cementation is preparing for implementation of Wesizwe Platinum Limited’s Frischgewaagd-Ledig project in the Pilanesberg. The company was appointed as the preferred contractor over a year ago with the singular objective of guaranteeing the mining contractor’s availa

2 October 2008

Kroondal a Flagship for Contract Mining

The Kroondal platinum group metal (PGM) mine, located 120km northwest of Johannesburg on the Western Limb of the Bushveld Complex, was Aquarius Platinum’s first operation. It commenced production in 1999 and remains the company’s flagship project. It is also mining contractor Murray &am

1 October 2008

High Precision Raise

Anglo Platinum is making good progress with its Townlands Ore Replacement Project (TORP), which will extend the life of the shaft from 2010 to 2027, in the process saving several thousand jobs. The project includes the sinking of a new ventilation shaft complex – consisting of three sep

1 October 2008

Investment in People Keeps Murray & Roberts Cementation

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. Laas says for the financial year ending June 2008

1 October 2008

Dwarsrivier Part of the ‘New Rustenburg’

The Eastern Limb of the Bushveld Complex, centred around the towns of Steelpoort and Burgersfort in Mpumalanga in South Africa is undergoing a boom, with some 18 mines in existence and more in the offing. Located in this area is the Dwarsrivier Mine, in operation since 2000, and which three and a

22 October 2007

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. However, profitability was lower than expected, primarily due to the unprotected industrial action experienced during the second

7 September 2007

Murray & Roberts Teams up with International Tunnelling Experts for Ingula

Murray & Roberts has formed a joint venture with Hochtief of Germany and Jäger Bau GmbH in preparation for the tender for the main underground works for Eskom's Ingula (formerly Braamhoek) Pumped Storage Scheme (PSS) about 60km outside Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal. The tender for the five-

9 July 2007

Ventilation Shaft Drilling Projects at Towlands Commences

Raise-drilling and shaft-boring technology and services supplier, Murray & Roberts Cementation, has been contracted to a number of Anglo Platinum (Angloplats) projects, including the platinum major's Townlands Ore Replacement Project (TORP) and Paardekraal's 1 and 2 shafts. The con

8 June 2007

Contract Mining

Underground mining contracting has always been the lifeblood of international mining contractor Murray & Roberts. "The nature of mining contracting work necessitates a support infrastructure for plant and associated ancillary equipment," says Murray & Roberts engineering se

8 June 2007

Capital Development Underway at Zandfontein Section

Barplats Investments Limited (Barplats) is pleased to announce that the first blast to mark the re-start of the decline development at the Zandfontein section of Crocodile River Mine will take place on 27 September 2006. Development of the decline system, which was successfully de-watered in June

23 October 2006

Resources Boom Represents Development Potential in Africa

The sustained resources boom on the global market represents substantial development potential for mining throughout Africa. Henry Laas, managing director of Murray & Roberts Cementation, spoke to Mining Review Africa about this and other pertinent issues within the industry. "W

8 September 2006

Murray & Roberts Cementation Achieves Two Million Fatality Free Shifts

On August 12, 2006, Murray & Roberts Cementation achieved a major milestone within the mining industry when this leading mining contractor recorded two million fatality free shifts. Henry Laas, managing director of Murray & Roberts Cementation says this is the first instance whe

8 September 2006

Significant Opportunities In Africa for Mining Growth

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. This is according to Henry Laas, managing director of Murray & Roberts Cementat

2 August 2006

Mines Need Consistent Quality and Quantity of Backfill

"There is considerable demand for consistent quality and quantity of backfill in mining operations," Rob Bradley, manager - mine engineering at Murray & Roberts Cementation, says. "This need relates to a number of issues, which include safety, ore extraction rates, r

2 August 2006

Directional Drilling Promises Benefits for Industry

Directional drilling is a relatively new aspect of exploration technology in the mineral resources industry. While technology still needs to advance if its application is to be successfully integrated into the hard rock environment, it has significant implications for cost and time saving in expl

6 July 2006

Adding Value is Second Nature to Murray & Roberts Cementation

An innovative approach backed by extensive experience and expertise allowed Murray & Roberts Cementation to provide a cost-effective solution for the equipping of a backfill hole at Cullinan Diamond Mine. "The scope of work was to equip a raisebored hole measuring 1.8 metres in

6 July 2006

Impala Team on Track at #20 Shaft

Attitude may seem like a small thing, but it is attitude that has had a definite impact on the Impala No 20 Shaft contract. "The approach by all involved in this project has been different and it shows. Our primary objective was always to make it work, and this was made simpler bec

19 May 2006

Demand for Exploration Drilling in Africa Surges Ahead

An increased demand for commodities and resultant price escalation has caused a surge in demand for surface exploration in South Africa and on the African continent. This has resulted in a substantial increase in exploration drilling with no sign of demand coming down any time soon. Tak

21 April 2006

Contractor Input can Help Optimise Projects

Mining contractors, with their vast practical experience, can help ensure that mining projects are designed with ease of construction in mind and that mining infrastructure that results is cost effective and fit for purpose. But for this to happen the contractor needs to be involved in the projec

21 April 2006

Safety Comes First at Murray & Roberts Cementation

No-one would dispute the fact that mining is a hazardous activity. Added to this is the unpredictability of human behaviour. Murray & Roberts Cementation has introduced the Enterprise Wide Risk Management programme to mitigate these risks and introduce a proactive approach to

3 March 2006

Superior Safety Standards

With far superior safety standards in the industry irrespective of the length of an exploration drilling contract, Murray & Roberts Cementation is known to deliver even under the harshest and most difficult geological conditions. Pete Ferreira, general manager mining services at Mur

3 March 2006

Safety First Approach Brings Advantages at Turffonteina

Work is progressing well on the cluster decline development at Turffontein, as this project is fast approaching its completion. The contract being undertaken by Murray & Roberts Cementation is on schedule and within budget. In addition to this, the Turffontein project is tracking 14

15 February 2006

1000 Accident Free Shift Award from DME for Dwarsrivier

Murray & Roberts Cementation's Dwarsrivier contract received the DME 1000 Accident Free Shift Award in September 2005, after notching up a record eight months injury free. Doug Sammons, contracts manager for Murray & Roberts Cementation, says this can be attributed to the dedic

15 February 2006

ERPM Still Good For Another Six Years Thanks To Water Management Programme

Less than a year ago, the future of East Rand Proprietary Mines (ERPM) Limited hung in the balance, with all indications pointing to the closure of the now 113 year old mine's underground operations at Boksburg. However, thanks to careful planning and management, together with State assistance, m

26 January 2006

Productivity Levels at Kroondal Rate Amongst the Highest

Kroondal Platinum Mine, located 120 km north-west of Johannesburg on the western limb of the Bushveld Complex, is one of the lowest cost producing underground platinum mine in the world thanks to stringent cost control and high productivity levels. The business model for Kroondal

26 January 2006

Murray and Roberts’ RUC Achieves 500,000 Fatality Free Shifts

In August 2004 Murray & Roberts RUC achieved not only 500,000 fatality free shifts, but has now also completed a full twelve months without a fatality. Neil Watts, business systems manager at Murray & Roberts RUC, says that this achievement definitely says something abo

21 September 2004

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