Murray & Roberts is one of South Africa’s leading engineering, contracting and construction services companies, operating in Southern Africa, the Middle East, South-east Asia, Australasia and North and South America. The construction cluster of the Group is the largest of its operations and consists of 7 divisions ranging from roads and earthworks, to mining and civils. The Group aspires to world class fulfilment in everything it does, and through its core competence in industrial design, delivers major projects and services primarily to the development of emerging economies and nations.

The Challenge

Following the merger of Murray & Roberts Construction and Concor in 2011, the new cluster faced the challenge of assimilating the two entities’ B-BBEE scorecards into a single Group scorecard. The business units comprising the two entities had a range of scorecard levels, and Murray & Roberts Construction sought to retain its level 3 status going forward. At the time, there was no system in place for measuring the compliance of the new entity, and there were concerns about dropping a level.

The Solution

We implemented the BEEtoolkit and Supplier Management System across the cluster, with users trained in each of the divisions. During implementation, the specific business needs of two merging entities were taken into account, with consultation on accurate data sourcing from two separate ERPs forming an important part of the solution.

The Results

During the training process, data integrity issues were identified and addressed, and the first internal Group scorecard of the entity was produced in October 2011. Upon verification a few months later, the new Murray & Roberts Construction achieved a level 3 status, with a score of 75.84 points.

Since then, successive measurement of monthly scorecards has enabled the Group to strategically improve their scorecard throughout the year. Regular data integrity reviews have allowed for early intervention and additional training. In their latest verification, the Group improved their score by over 5 points to achieve an impressive 80.95. With this increase, they are well positioned to aim for a level 2 status in 2013.

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