M&D Construction Group recently celebrated its 35th anniversary at an event that was attended by the company’s many clients, supply-chain partners and employees.
Yolanda Sedibe, M&D Construction Group’s human resources director, said it was fitting that such an important occasion be celebrated at the University of Witwatersrand’s Science Stadium considering the company’s long professional relationship with the institution of higher learning.
“This is where we first earned our reputation for being a specialist concrete contractor. We can proudly say that our Building Division refurbished and even completely rebuilt most of these stunning structures on campus which reflect our focus on ensuring the highest level of quality – an important driver behind our growth over the years,” Sedibe said.
She credited M&D Construction Group’s supply-chain partners and, just as importantly, its dedicated employees for the company’s ability to always exercise its core values of “being safe”, “doing it right”, “finding the best way” and “doing what we say”.
These are supported by the company’s motto of “Khula Nathi”, an isiZulu phrase which means “Grow with us” in English. Company co-founder and chairperson, Andrew Murray, noted that one of M&D Construction Group’s other strengths was its diversity, reflected by the company’s client base, supply-chain and employees.
“While many people fear diversity, M&D Construction Group embraces and encourages it,” Murray said. Murray said that M&D Construction Group had made it thus far by its robust and resilient management team; sufficient cash reserves to weather tumultuous episodes; and by always focusing on servicing clients to the best of its ability.
“M&D Construction Group started as a small company in 1982 and, by the end of 1983, we had only three fixed assets. We have grown to the point where we are now a diversified company with a strong presence in the building, civil construction, roads and earthworks, as well as plant-hire industries. The group now owns about 100 items of capital equipment and we will have turned over R1-billion this financial year,” Murray said.
CEO, Rukesh Raghubir, said management was confident that M&D Construction Group had a strong strategy in place to ensure that it achieved its target of becoming a R7-billion company and was strategically positioned to be at the forefront of technology and using innovation as a disruptor to the construction industry within the next 10 years.
He also said there was immense potential for the company to further ply its specialised skills set and capabilities in the demanding oil and gas, as well as renewable energy industries. The company would also continue acting as a “big brother” to emerging contractors to ensure that they too thrived in the same manner as M&D Construction Group, despite an increasingly “tough” operating environment.
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