Founded and incorporated in 1952 in Pretoria, South Africa and listed on the JSE in 1987, Basil Read, through its subsidiaries, engages in civil engineering projects, road construction, building, integrated housing developments, property development, bitumen distribution, opencast mining and engineering design, procurement and construction management, as well as related services throughout Africa and other emerging markets.
The group’s construction division is involved in the development and implementation of technical and financial engineering for private and public sector clients covering various projects, such as earthworks, bridges, pipelines, harbour and marine works, industrial plants, stadiums, roads, highways, airports, retail and office complexes, apartment blocks, educational facilities, hospitals, prisons and residential housing.
The group’s opencast mining operations comprise drill and blast, opencast contract mining, mine spoils rehabilitation, bulk earthmoving, seam mining, hard rock selective mining, and materials handling.
Basil Read’s developments division is involved in the construction, development and project management of integrated housing schemes and other property-related developments.
Basil Read’s engineering division complements the activities of the other divisions, adding a wealth of specialised in-house expertise and experience. The division provides a full range of civil and structural engineering, project management and architectural services, as well as electrical and mechanical engineering solutions.
For well over half a century, Basil Read has been helping to build the foundations of the country for all South Africans and plays a leading role in the construction industry in South Africa, building on its proven reputation for uncompromising quality and value-for-money.
Basil Read’s founding principles – hard work, team effort and integrity – are evident in every contract we undertake. A combination of innovative technology and unwavering attention to detail enables Basil Read to meet and exceed client expectations.