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 over 60 years, the company has played its part in building the foundations of South Africa for all its citizens.

The group and its subsidiaries are active in civil engineering projects, road construction, building, mixed integrated housing developments, property development, opencast mining, and related services.

Johannesburg+27 11 418 6300http://www.basilread.co.za

Our History

The Basil Read journey dates back to 1952 as the brain child of Mr Basil Leonard Read. What started as a humble building block, has now become a powerful brand that has created a number of milestones in its areas of operation.

It has charted its course through six tumultuous decades in the construction sector – from economic booms to challenging recessions and the plateaus of recovery in between – to secure its rightful place among the leading global construction companies.

It has been a journey signposted with many more milestones – from its listing on the JSE in 1987; to a landmark empowerment deal in 2005; from a R5 billion turnover in 2008; to being top of the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies Survey in both 2008 and 2009.

Explore our interactive timeline to learn more about our journey so far.