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Curating a Khula Nathi CultureMurray & Dickson Construction is continuing to successfully navigate a tough industry environment thanks to its ‘grow with us’ way of working     Writer: Tom Wadlow  |  Project Manager: Eddie Clinton Major project shortages, non-payment from state entities, hijacking of construction sites – these are all challenges that continue to face South Africa’s building industry. Indeed, the year 2019 was another challenging one, with many companies collapsing and thousands of skilled workers left without employment, a trend which is showing little sign of reversing in the immediate future unless a concerted, coordinated response from government and enterprise takes place. However, among the troubles there are some uplifting success stories. Homegrown Murray & Dickson Construction (M&D) continues to operate successfully and on a sustainable footing, the company increasing its share of a declining national market. “This bears testament to the skills and capabilities of the group,” comments CEO Rukesh Raghubir, catching up on the last time we spoke with him towards the end of 2018.  “Certainly, being an entrepreneurial owner-led business that can respond swiftly to provide solutions is a significant competitive edge. “Moreover, our focus on only partnering with companies and people with whom we have synergies to achieve our mission of ‘growing a great company with great people and great partnerships’ is also working.” This latter point is critical, one which is entwined with M&D’s motto of Khula Nathi – grow with us. It is applied to both employees and the firm’s network of subcontractors and suppliers, a unifying bond which Raghubir says has been crucial in allowing the organisation (and

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 ‘Khula Nathi’  Murray & Dickson’s new motto, ‘Grow with Us’, is garnering fresh impetus into an already successful expansion drive which has incorporated not only improvements to its offering, but a larger, more skilled workforce Writer: Matthew Staff Project Manager: Nick Norris Murray & Dickson Construction (M&D) has managed to grow above the industry average over the past two years; capitalising on, and even surpassing, the generally lucrative increase in construction activity being seen across the region.The company’s target 18 months ago was to not only build turnover and profitability, but to also embed a stronger core of sustainability within the business to promote even more future growth.This strategy has reaped dividends for the medium sized construction company who has also leveraged its key differentiator in recent years of producing a diverse offering of services in excess of some of its larger competitors in the market.“This allows us to respond to our clients’ needs no matter what construction discipline they fall under,” explains Murray & Dickson’s Chief Executive Officer, Rukesh Raghubir. “Each division within the company is run independently of the others, with its own skills set. This results in focused teams delivering on the various services. It also maintains the close-nit fabric that is characteristic of smaller companies.“Our targets were aided by a pick-up in general construction activity in the industry, however, M&D managed to double its turnover in the interim, which indicates significant growth in market share.”Moving forward, the aim for the company is to now consolidate the management that has grown alongside its turnover growth,

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30 not out In its 30 years of existence Murray & Dickson Construction has undertaken building projects in the commercial, retail, industrial, educational and leisure sectors – completing everything from offices, shopping centres and large factory warehouses to mini factory complexes, motor showrooms, schools and university buildings. This coupled with its Civil Engineering expertise allows the company to compete in a broad spectrum of construction projects. Writer Ian Armitage Project manager Stuart Shirra You may or may not know that 1983 saw the release of Microsoft Word and was the year that McDonald's first introduced the McNugget. In Gauteng, and certainly the offices of Murray & Dickson Construction, the year is remembered for a different but very special reason. It was the year that Andrew Murray – and a partner who since left the business – launched the company. While it was a "tough slog" in the early years, the business has grown exponentially from its modest beginnings to a company that now handles most facets of building and civil engineering construction within South Africa. "I started it with a fellow civil engineer and the idea was to create a construction company that was essentially a general contracting firm. It started off very small. We did weekend work building garden walls, putting vinyl down in blocks of flats and so on. We were fortunate to get an early job where we designed and constructed a factory for a client. That was in 1983. Shortly thereafter the economy took one of its many nosedives and my partner

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