Big mining engineering companies are sounding an upbeat note about prospects for work in SA, despite the negative comments from a number of CEOs of mining companies and industry bodies about the domestic investment climate."We believe the SA market is showing some positive signs of recovery as we are quite active in the tender market," says Murray & Roberts spokesman Ed Jardim, pointing out that the company’s R9.2bn African order book is largely exposed to SA and the bulk of that is focused on the yet-to-be-built R4.8bn Kgalagadi manganese mine in the Northern Cape."We believe the local sector is showing some signs of renewed life in the short to medium term," he says. Murray & Roberts is also working at Northam Platinum’s new Booysendal mine, which is being expanded. By February, the African order book stood at nearly R13bn for the company’s underground mining division, and it had submitted proposals for tenders worth up to R3bn.DRA, another large mining engineering company, is als...

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