Support the socioeconomic development of communities

Local partnerships


Cementation Canada has successfully partnered with indigenous communities for more than 12 years. The most significant and longest partnership is the JV with Kitikmoet Corporation, an indigenous company, based in the Kitikmoet region of the Nunavut and Northwest Territories.

The partnership is based on the following principles:

  • Improving skills development and maximising employment opportunities in host communities.
  • Procuring goods and services from indigenous companies in the region.
  • Expanding the knowledge, understanding and awareness of mining within the community and encouraging young people to consider mining as a career option.
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Cementation Canada and Missanabie Cree First Nation signing a partnership agreement.

“We are excited about our latest partnership with Cementation Canada and together we feel the Group can bring value to future mining projects here in Northern Ontario and throughout the traditional territory of the Missanabie Cree First Nation.”

Chief Jason Gaithier, Missanabie Cree First Nation.

Underground Mining
  • Suitable local partnerships are being identified on mining projects in Central Africa and Zambia.
Underground Mining and Oil & Gas
  • JV between local Mongolian company, Global Infrastructure Partners LLC, and Clough and RUC Cementation Mining at Rio Tinto’s Oyu Tolgoi mine project. At year end, the JV’s order book was AUD400 million.
  • Cementation Canada has several partnerships and JVs with First Nation groupings in Canada, and with local companies in South America, including in Mexico.
Oil & Gas
  • Partnership with a credible local company in Kazakhstan.
Power & Water
  • Developing local partnerships in East and West Africa.

B-BBEE in South Africa

We achieved a Level 3 contributor status against the amended construction sector code.

The economic interests held by black shareholders in our South African operations is 56.78% with black women holding 20.62%.

Targeted interventions identify and assist small, medium and micro enterprises (“SMMEs”) which are central to job creation and economic growth in South Africa. Where we can, we procure services from SMMEs to aid their development. Other initiatives include early payment for SMME suppliers, preferential credit terms for buyers and administration support for certain service providers, suppliers and clients. More broadly, preference is given to B-BBEE compliant vendors.

Other initiatives in progress to support transformation in South Africa include:

Murray & Roberts Cementation is developing a B-BBEE underground mining contractor at Kalagadi.

Industry training is delivered to unemployed members of local communities.

The Power & Water platform is establishing B-BBEE partnerships in power maintenance, transmission and distribution services and water solutions. Skills and enterprise development are key focus areas as Murray & Roberts Power & Energy (“MRPE”) works towards a Level 2 rating.

The Murray & Roberts Khula Nathi Enterprise and Supplier Development Experience, in partnership with Raizcorp, invests in developing talented entrepreneurs. The programme assists them to grow successful businesses, create employment and develop their capacity to participate in MRPE’s supply chain.





(FY2017: 54.72%)



of total B-BBEE spend was with SMMEs.
(FY2017: 26.4%)




(FY2017: R7,7 million)

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Community development programmes

Some of the projects supported by Murray & Roberts during FY2018 are highlighted below.


Forever Friends’ Life Line Kit Project in Munsieville

The Life Line Kit Project assists abused and abandoned children and babies who are removed from their homes. Removal takes place mostly after hours, under traumatic and in many instances dangerous conditions. The children and babies are taken to safe houses often with nothing but the clothes they are wearing. The Life Line Kits restore some dignity by providing the children with basic necessities that help them feel more comfortable and secure until they are settled into their new environments.

Life Line Kit Project

Donated R30 000

Life Line Kit Project

The Letsema Khanyisa Trust supports qualifying employees by providing their children with scholarships for quality secondary and tertiary education. Scholarships cover registration costs, tuition fees, textbooks, a student allowance, transport, and in some cases, accommodation.

Letsema Khanyisa scholarships

41 secondary and 19 tertiary

scholarships supported

Kevin Nkambule   Kevin Nkambule, the top achiever for 2017, received
14 distinctions in his first year at the Vaal University of Technology. His goal is to specialise in software development.


  Tomorrow Trust
  Revelina Swarte
  Revelina Swarte from Tembisa, who lives with her single mother and two siblings. She has applied to study a Bachelor of Commerce Accounting.

Tomorrow Trust

For the past seven years, the Letsema Sizwe Trust has partnered with the Tomorrow Trust, a non-profit organisation that provides Saturday and holiday supplementary school programmes for orphaned and vulnerable children. Support includes nutritious meals, stationary and social support.

Sponsored by Murray & Roberts, Revelina Swarte joined the holiday school programme in 2009 as a struggling Grade 4 pupil. Four years later, Revelina started Grade 8 with results above the national average.

Statistics indicate that only 18% of Grade 9 learners achieve 50% or more in English, contributing to the 43% drop out rate of Grade 9 learners. Revelina achieved an impressive 85% in the national senior certificate, with distinctions for English (75%), Mathematics (80%), Physics (82%) and Life Sciences (80%).

Technology Research Activity Centre (“TRAC”)

We sponsor mobile physical science laboratories in Booysensdal, Delmas and Lephalale through the TRAC initiative which is run by the University of Stellenbosch. The centres provide learners with a facility to perform physical science experiments in a hands-on approach, aiding their academic performance. TRAC facilitators also offer mentorship and encouragement to the learners.

Since 2010, our three sponsored TRAC laboratories have reached 987 learners.

Technology Research Activity Centre
Themba Zwane
TRAC laboratories learners.
Themba Zwane a pupil from Phaphamani High School in Delmas encountered the TRAC Programme when he was in Grade 11. In his final Grade 12 exam, Themba achieved 95% and enrolled at the University of the Witwatersrand for a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering. Themba credits the TRAC Programme and facilitator, Mr Ncube, for his achievement. In the spirit of giving back, Themba has volunteered as a tutor on the programme during university holidays.

Sports development

The annual Jack Cheetham and Letsema Sports Development awards support sports development among disadvantaged youth and people with disabilities. The initiative is hosted annually by Murray & Roberts and the South African Confederation and Olympic Committee.

The 2017 Jack Cheetham Award winner was the Olympians Wrestling Club, which has a school and community outreach programme to promote Olympic sports as an alternative to counter gang violence, substance abuse and crime. The 2017 Letsema Award winner was the Judo Institute for People with Special Needs in the Eastern Cape. The institute uses judo to build confidence, self-esteem and discipline among players with disabilities.

In the Jack Cheetham category, the Golden Lions Gymnastics Club and the Rock the Boat Canoeing Programme were the first and second runner ups respectively. In the Letsema Awards, first runner-up was Mustang Wheelchair Rugby and the second was South African Transplant Sports Association.

Jack Cheetham and Letsema Sports Development awards

Each category winner received R500 000 towards progressing their initiatives, payable over three years.

Jack Cheetham and Letsema Sports Development awards

The Clough Foundation governs Clough’s philanthropic giving through a semi-independent board. The foundation is a charitable trust which partners with various organisations. Separate to the foundation, Clough also partners with community-based support programmes that support education.

Clough Foundation



Cementation Zambia sponsors the Jennifer Memorial Special Community School for the hearing impaired. Our sponsorship covers full IT support, and maintenance of and appliances for the school. In November 2017, a golf tournament was hosted, raising R175 000 for the school.

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Cementation USA and Cementation Canada support deserving charities through the active involvement of employees and their families. Cementation’s charity programme in the USA and Canada is wide-reaching and contributes to an engaged and satisfied workforce.

Cementation USA and Canada