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Basil Read Ltd Basil Read Campus, 7 Romeo Street, Boksburg Tel: +27 (11) 418 6300 Website: www.basilread.co.za
Facts and figures:
Total staff employed (full-time): Annual turnover in Rands: Ownership: Industry sector: Geographic footprint: Core services/products offered: B-BBEE scorecard rating: 1 532 R6.2 billion for 2011 (RSA only) Public and non-public Construction South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Australia, Peru, Zimbabwe, Zambia and DRC Construction, Mining, Engineering Level 3
– – – – Significant investment in training Support for the attainment of further qualifications Competitive market-related salaries and benefits Talent audit process that identifies and grows a strong people pipeline and measures our people benchstrength
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Mining and Development divisions throughout South Africa. Today the company stands out as a proud symbol of quality. engineering. The company has various departments which have been allocated the responsi bility of providing support to its Construction. Roadcrete. The organisation’s list of subsidiaries includes Newport Construction. In fact. Blasting and Excavating (B&E). including the rare distinction of becoming the first black-empowered construction company in South Africa as well as a R6. Codevco. high-quality performance is the only standard. Basil Read has become synonymous with excellence in the spheres of construction. Basil Read is the first construction company in South Africa to achieve certification for its activities throughout all of its operating divisions. cementing its legacy. Basil Read is proud of what it is able to offer its stakeholders. As a result all of the organisation’s employees set high standards for themselves within their respective areas of expertise. service excellence and professional integrity both in South Africa and beyond its borders. as well as BR Matomo and the Gerolemou Construction/Mvela Phanda Construction Group. As an organisation that has managed to remain ahead of the curve. Group CEO. Bouygues Travaux Publics SA. Quality construction When it comes to construction.2 billion turnover in 2011. Marius Heyns has seen the organisation realise a number of goals.THE INTERVIEW BASiL ReAd Backed by six decades of construction expertise. A force in the industry Founded in 1952. Basil Read is a leader in » www. Basil Read’s longterm partnership with global construction group. SprayPave. TWP and TPS.P. Engineering. BR-Tsima Construction (Pty) Ltd.za 73 .bestemployers. gives the company a competitive edge.co. Basil Read has grown steadily to become one of South Africa’s most prominent construction companies. mining and property development.
Basil Read’s safety procedures and environmental practice are always of the highest standard. E-serve (houses all transactional services). cost-effective and innovative solutions. The Performance Recognition System focuses on Group. According to Erica Grace. The purpose of these projects is to develop energy-efficient methods which can be used in all Basil Read constructions. development. The annual talent audit provides insight into the depth and spread of skills across the organisation and ensures a strong succession pipeline. cleanliness and organisation. With such growth and diversification comes the need to develop and grow our skills base. Group CeO erica Grace. ensuring competitive remuneration practices across the Group. Project managers run very tight ships and they expect absolute delivery and total commitment. focus on remuneration and reward. The company’s innovative designs and ethical code of practice come together in its Green Project initiatives.Marius Heyns. As an organisation. Basil Read focuses on client relations. most importantly. executive director of HR innovation. Consistent delivery is achieved through integrity. as well as talent management and development. Executive Director of HR. with assessments having commenced in 2012.’ Centres of excellence The Basil Read centres of excellence (remuneration and reward. Living conditions are improved with the implementation of creativity and innovative designs. The company has a number of outstanding features which contribute towards its success: design flexibility. The company’s ability to consistently produce quality design alternatives through new and clever construction techniques provides the organisation with its competitive edge. the ability to deliver on technically challenging projects within the allocated time and budget. public-private partnerships and larger. more technically challenging projects. uncompromising safety standards and. An online Performance Recognition System was designed in 2011 and is currently being rolled out across the business. ‘The group has a three-tiered business strategy: international expansion. which is why every project receives the utmost attention to detail. employee relations and operations).’ reports Group CEO Marius Heyns. ‘People are proud to work for Basil Read and you can see this on any of our sites which are renowned for their neatness. The values of the company are evident in the way its staff conduct themselves. Divisional and individual deliverables 74 BEST EMPLOYERS SOUTH AFRICA 2012/13 . hard work and commitment. talent. consistency of agreements and employment practices. This is achieved by maximising the use of natural resources and therefore minimising pollution.
BASiL ReAd ‘Time flies when you’re having fun’ ‘I joined Basil Read in August 2010. With its significant diversity of business and technical disciplines.co.and is aimed at driving business success. as well as an online performance management system. The E-serve team manages the entire system interface which not only looks after the transactional aspects of HR but also the e-learning and in particular the safety training and company induction which is important in our business as not every person who joins comes through to HO and all employees must be inducted. there is an increased sense of both pressure and purpose as you are able to see the immediate results of the changes you implement. Employees now have the benefit of easier access to pay slips. as well as complimenting and supporting the talent audit process. staying up to date with new trends. and this has been my experience working at Basil Read. Adjacent to the Basil Read Campus. and necessary updates of their personal details. ‘We track and benchmark our salaries with the aim of ranking in the top percentile of remunerators through both fixed and variable pay. The construction world is constantly changing and this keeps you on your toes. It allows for creative thinking. and the company’s focus has therefore been on building career maps which allow employees to better manage their careers. Tasked with developing best-in-class processes. leave applications. It is true what they say that time flies when you’re having fun. Benefits and Salaries Employees at Basil Read receive competitive remuneration packages as well as impressive performance-based bonuses.bestemployers. understanding trends and developing responses to new directions that the company chooses to undertake. www. with a background in Manufacturing and Engineering. Basil Read is able to offer its staff a career rather than just a job. more so than in a structured environment such as I have been previously exposed to. the centres of excellence allow the company to better understand. manage and enhance its people capability. the company’s new multi-function training centre will offer real-time training on site level (both virtually and through e-learning). E-serve is an employee and manager self-service system that the company has introduced with the intention of making a whole range of functions easier and more accessible. and because it is not as structured as other industries.’ says Grace. analysing data.za 75 .’ daphne Nyati is an HRBP and holds a National diploma in HR and a GiBS Md.
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