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Every South African has been touched by Basil Read in some form or another. Either by the roads they travel on, the houses they live in or the schools their children go to. This is how we build legacies. Basil Read is active in the building, civil engineering, roads construction, mixed-use integrated housing developments, opencast mining and related services, For 65 years, the company has played its part in building the foundations of South Africa for all its citizens.

Organisational overview

Our focus remains on the South African market, given the need for infrastructure to stimulate the economy, while positioning ourselves to partner with existing clients as they expand their operations in southern Africa.

Our company


To be the leading construction company in southern Africa, acknowledged as the:

  • Preferred constructor
  • Preferred employer
  • Preferred investment


To deliver safe, profitable projects and services.

Our values

Value   Value statement   Behaviour indicators against which the value is measured  
Safely, we start and finish together
  • Keep each employee safe and healthy
  • Provide a safe, healthy and effective work environment
  • Protect employees at all cost
  • Ensure zero fatalities.
We drive excellence through ethical behaviour
  • Honest and trustworthy
  • Strong moral principles
  • Do business ethically
  • Stand up for what is right.
People matter because we care
  • Be kind and empathetic
  • Respect and understand others
  • Authentic care for employees.
We take ownership and consistently exceed expectations
  • Deliver a quality product or service on time
  • Be responsible and take ownership
  • High customer satisfaction.
We work together and embrace diversity to achieve greatness
  • Work together as one team
  • Aim to achieve the same goals
  • Treat each other like family.
With determination and focus we passionately strive towards excellence
  • Loyal to Basil Read
  • Dedicated and hard working
  • Strive for excellence (do your best or put it to rest)
  • Initiate continuous improvement.