Investigations underway to determine cause of the bridge collapse in Sandton

Posted On Thursday, 15 October 2015 13:43 Published by
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Murray & Roberts distance itself from speculation over the cause of the bridge collapse in Sandton, and cooperates with investigations initiated by the Department of Labour, the City of Joburg, and the SAPS.

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Investigations will include analysis and research conducted by technical, engineering, legal and forensic specialists. 

Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters appealed for calm and patience while the highway remains closed to allow investigations to continue. She said the construction of the bridge was an important aspect of the overall development of economic infrastructure currently underway to improve access to Sandton.

"Sandton is a critical economic hub, not only for South Africa, but the continent and the world at large. Seamless accessibility into Sandton is critical for both motorists and pedestrians hence the need for such infrastructure," Minister Peters said.

Murray & Roberts distanced itself from various statements attributed to the company which speculate over the cause, or causes, of the incident. "We can confirm that we have made no such claims, that the cause, or causes, have not been identified and that all possible causes are the subject of formal investigation," Ed Jardim, Group Investor and Media Executive said. 

On Wednesday afternoon, the support structure that was erected to enable the construction of a pedestrian bridge over the M1, collapsed injuring more than 20 people and claimed 2 lives. 

Murray & Roberts, the company responsible for construction at the M1 highway, said that the reason for the collapse of the support structure erected to enable the construction of a pedestrian bridge were unknown. 

Murray & Roberts shares fell the most in more than four-and-a-half years after the bridge collapsed. The stock dropped 7.3% to R11.15 at the close on the JSE on Wednesday, the most since February 2011, extending its decline for the year to 48%.

Last modified on Thursday, 15 October 2015 15:30

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