OUR  STORY

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

OUR SUCCESS STORY STARTS WITH A CASUAL

CONVERSATION BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE WITH A VISION

Beginning in 1984, our business has grown to one of the largest project management enterprises in Africa and we continue to grow  across the world, to reach this same expanse.

Founded in South Africa, our success story started from a casual conversation between Brian Dowding and Tony Reynard, who both had a vision to create something new and extraordinary and had the courage to make the change. This was the foundation of DRA and the common thread that is woven throughout our legacy - 30 years on and we are still recognised for our innovation and our tenacity but now with a solid reputation of exceptional delivery.

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OUR GLOBAL FOOTPRINT

WE DON'T JUST BUILD PROJECT-

WE BUILD TRUST.

We have designed and built minerals processing plants on five continents and have successfully delivered over 2 000 varied projects and studies worldwide. We are known for our ability to deliver on time, while adhering to the highest safety standards and within budget – all in remote and challenging locations.

Our locations worldwide ensure coverage of all continents and every time zone and our global footprint enables us to meet our client's needs wherever they chose to operate. We recognise that diversity is a key factor in our success, we take the time to understand cultures and history and engineer more than a project, we build trust. This gold standard for DRA transforms contracts into long-term relationships, which is why clients feel secure and at home with any of our 3,300 people, no matter where in the world we may meet.

TO THE FUTURE

CREATING EXTRAORDINARY POSSIBILITIES,

AS A TRULY GLOBAL ORGANISATION.

 

Over three decades we have built an enviable knowledge base and are proudly known for our superior expertise and value add, fit for purpose, solutions. This focus on solutions rather than products is why DRA is the partner of choice for engineering, project delivery and asset management requirements.

We value our people to ensure they create value for others, those within our industry, throughout our communities and those who share our aspiration to engineer a better future.

We acknowledge the positive contribution we can make to society and, as a result in 2016 we shifted our focus and expanded our outlook to reveal a multi-tiered vision that applies our skills to mining and minerals, energy, water, infrastructure and agriculture.

As we continue to engineer solutions that meet the needs of tomorrow we will show the world what it means to create extraordinary possibilities, as a truly global organisation.

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OUR HISTORY

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1984

Dowding Reynard & Associates is established by Brian Dowding and Tony Reynard

 

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1984

First of the Lonmin platinum projects

 

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1990

DRA's first gold project at Weltevreden

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1993

DRA's first project in Canada,
a diamond plant at Yellowknife.

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1995

DRA's first East African Project,

Williamson Diamond Mine in Tanzania

 

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1996

Minopex is established. DRA's first large coal
Project at Twistdraii

 

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1997

DRA's first project in

Australia, Merlin Diamonds

 

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1998

DRA's first venture into mining
a decline shaft for Kroondal Platinum.

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1999

DRA's Winder system are established.
Kroondal Platinum Project establishes
DRA as a leader in Platinum concentrators

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2001

DRA builds the world's largest floating diamond
plant on a modified marine vessel

 

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2002

DRA completes six platinum
projects in one year, two of
them simultaneously

 

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2004

Minopex awarded the Letseng Diamond
Mine operation. DRA Mining is awarded
Marula off-reef conversion project.

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2005

DRA Americas is established.
DRA is awarded its first project in
China for a coal producer in Xinwen.

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2006

BKM Project established DRA in iron ore.
Modular diamond plants completed for De Beers',
Snap Lake and Victor projects in Canada.

 

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2007

Leon Uys succeeds
Brian Downding as CEO

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2009

DRA acquires Holley & Associates.
DRA is awarded its first major
infrastructure project.

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2010

Phola Coal and DMO establish DRA in the
mega-coal projects arena. DRA Mining
acquires LQS

 

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2013

WAH Engineering Consultants is
acquired to add shaft structural
design capacity.

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2014

DRA turns 30 years old. DRA acquires specialist engineering company, Taggart Global.

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2015

DRA delivers Liberia's first commercial
gold mine for Aureus Mining

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2016

DRA diversifies and acquires ports & harbor engineering company, RLH Consulting Engineers, agriculture engineering business, PGBI Group, and Canadian engineering company, Met-Chem.

 

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