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164 MINING SERVICES | Basil Read With a history stretching back to 1950 when Basil Leonard Read launched a small construction engineering company in Boksburg, South Africa, Basil Read has now firmly established itself as a best-in-class provider of construction and mining services across Southern Africa. Spanning six divisions, Basil Read has built up a reputation
of quality, expertise and safety in the delivery of any major project, ABN speaks to acting CEO Kathutshelo Mapasa to take stock of the company’s success and find out what is driving the next growth cycle.
Basil Read implemented a strategy to bring the group of companies operating in di erent sectors under one name with a number of divisions. In the construction sector, it has completed major projects predominantly
for South Africa’s large public entities, laying thousands of kilometres of roads for the South African National Roads agency. It has also undertaken several civil and pipeline projects for Eskom on power plants across the country.
The developments division is building cities from brown eld sites in Cape Town and Johannesburg, as well as being involved
in constructing schools in partnership
with the National Education department. These include major new districts such as

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