Importantly, the construction of a 13,5 kilometre-long, 450-millimetre diameter pipeline from Nungwane dam to Amanzimtoti water-treatment works marks the group’s entry into the water-stressed KwaZulu-Natal province.
Umgeni Water, the largest supplier of potable water in the province, entrusted this leading and black-owned contractor with the R80-million project that is being administered by contract director, Marco Valente, and Stanley Angapa, contract manager.
Murray & Dickson Construction Group has built a solid reputation in the construction of pipelines for prominent water authorities, municipalities and mines, complemented by its impressive work laying pipelines for other prominent client bodies in the local hydro-carbons and gas industries.
This award follows hot on the heels of the specialist division’s successful award of the upgrade to the Wallmannsthal system and extension of the Zeekoegat gravity main, as well as the construction of the Sondela booster pump station and bulk-water supply pipeline from Sondela to Bela-Bela.
Rukesh Raghubir, chief executive officer of Murray & Dickson Construction Group, says the negative impact of the prolonged drought, especially in provinces like KwaZulu-Natal, has placed water infrastructure right on top of South African policymakers’ agendas.
“We are very proud to be involved in another project that will bring much-needed relief to the country, as well as Umgeni Water’s trust in our abilities. Barring the division’s 9CE PE Construction Industry Development Board grading, it is one of only a few local companies that owns the equipment and the necessary expertise to lay steel pipes of up to a diameter of three metres,” Raghubir concludes.