Murray & Roberts is integrated with its society and its
business activities have an impact on the communities in
which they are undertaken. The Group is committed to
managing this impact responsibly and accepts that its
obligation extends beyond statutory requirements to the
upliftment of society as a whole.
The Murray & Roberts corporate social investment (CSI)
program focuses on development projects aligned with the
Group's business strategy, supporting mathematics, science
and technology education, numeracy education in early childhood development and environmental education. Murray
& Roberts supports sustainable social development through
many of its community initiatives. A number of employees
participate in community development as champions of
projects the Group supports.
||Murray & Roberts TRAC laboratories
Investment of R21,1 million (2008: R13,8 million) in CSI
projects during the year under review includes funding for the
Murray & Roberts TRAC Laboratories at the University of
Zululand Science Centre, Richards Bay and at Johannesburg
Observatory, Johannesburg; South African Institute of
Mechanical Engineers Technology Olympiad; Maths, Science
and Technology in Engineering project developed by the
Maths Centre; the National Business Initiative's Mathematical
Literacy Pilot Project: Professional Development of Teachers;
laboratory upgrades for the School of Civil and Environmental
Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand; and
The Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy. Murray &
Roberts has seconded a senior executive to the University
of Witwatersrand to assist with the Group's significant capital
In addition to the Group's CSI activities, the Murray &
Roberts construction businesses undertake project specific
socio-economic development initiatives to ensure broader
socio-economic development in the communities within
which the Group operates.
Murray & Roberts supports the Chair of Environmental
Education at Rhodes University, a Chair of Mechanical
Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand, the Chair in
Collaborative Governance and Accountability at the University
of South Africa and the Chair in Construction Management at
the University of Stellenbosch.
Murray & Roberts has also funded the Next Generation
Scholars Project at the University of Johannesburg, which is
a subvention partnership aimed at establishing world class
academic capacity in science and engineering disciplines.
A number of awards are made each year to recognise and
reward initiatives that contribute to the enhancement of
society. These include the Jack Cheetham Memorial Award
for development in sport, the Des Baker Award for students
of architecture and the JD Roberts Award for environmentally
sustainable solutions to human dilemmas.
Murray & Roberts undertakes various enterprise development
activities through its group operating companies. Activities
include the procurement of subcontractors from small,
medium and micro enterprises (SMME's), early payment to
SMME suppliers, preferential credit terms for buyers and
administration support for certain customers.
The Group and its subsidiaries belong to all the associations
and organisations relevant to our sector, including the South
African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors, the Steel
and Industries Federation of South Africa and the National
Business Initiative, where we are actively involved in their
Education College Industry Partnerships program aimed at
building strategic partnerships between companies and
Further Education and Training (FET) colleges to address
Murray & Roberts is a member of the Major Projects
Association in the United Kingdom.