GLOBAL MASTERS IN INNOVATIVE, CUTTING-EDGE DRILLING SOLUTIONS

supporting our clients’ unique needs with our specialised in-house equipment design,
manufacturing, training and maintenance capabilities

ROCK BORING

Our raise boring fleet of  144+ rigs
is the largest in the world - with
our larger diameter rigs we are
able to drill depths up to 1.5 km.

SLIM DRILLING

Master Drilling offers a fleet of
specialised drill rigs capable of
supplying drilling services across
the exploration drilling spectrum.

SUPPORT SERVICES

Our service division provides
design, engineering, manufacturing,
customisation, maintenance and
geological support for all our
drilling activities.

DRILLING DOWN

Headquartered in South Africa, Master Drilling is one of the largest rock boring and drilling services providers in the world; operating across the African continent in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Mali, Ghana and Sierra Leone, and in Latin America in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. We also have a presence in the US, Canada, Australia, India, Turkey and China.

Master Drilling challenges the status quo by providing an end-to-end portfolio of specialised, adaptive and integrated services from rock boring and slim drilling, to support and training. We focus firmly on innovative and tailored solutions, underpinned by strict adherence to global health and safety standards.

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WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?

SPEED

We get things done quickly, but safely. Our automated drilling operations, compared to conventional methods of drilling and blasting, allow us to complete projects and operations in record time.

EFFICIENCY

We allow clients to enhance their productivity through remote operation and monitoring; reducing labour costs, ensuring safer holes and tunnels and facilitating real-time sample grading.

INNOVATION

We continuously search for cost-effective, state-of-the-art designs and capabilities that allow us to meet unique challenges.

SCALE

We own and operate the largest fleet of raise bore rigs in the world, resulting in effective economies of scale.

ACCURACY

We have good aim: efficiently locating productive ore bodies and meeting your analysis requirements is what we are about.

FLEXIBILITY

We have equipment that is simple, mobile and flexible as well as customised designs that match individual client needs.

OUR STRATEGY

We challenge the status quo to provide our clients with specialised, adaptive and integrated drilling solutions.

Our fundamental aim is to maintain ongoing growth through new and diversified technologies, across geographies and industries in order to create value for our clients, shareholders and employees.

KEY STRATEGIC PILLARS

This strategy is centred around four key pillars : 

PEOPLE CAPACITY & DEVELOPMENT

people capacity

The foundation of our strategy is the people who make it happen; our success depends on how internal skill sets and expertise support our goals.

TECHNOLOGY OPTIMISATION

tehnology

We are flexible and provide specialised solutions to suit our clients’ requirements, applying technological development as a competitive advantage to improving business performance.

INCREASED PROFITABILITY

profitability

We continuously optimise our business by finding ways, on a daily basis, to be more effective and efficient in what we do, in all our areas of operation.

SUSTAINABLE
GROWTH

sustain

We grow our business in a sustainable way by diversifying across geographies, sectors, commodities and clients, and by continuously expanding our drilling solutions.

LATEST NEWS

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SUPERIOR TECHNOLOGY AND SKILLS DRIVE RECORD ACHIEVEMENT FOR MASTER DRILLING

July 23, 2020

Master Drilling sets new World Record with 1 382 metre hole Master Drilling Group Limited (“Master Drilling”, JSE:MDI), a world leader in the raise bore drilling services industry, has added another record to its name, with the successful completion of the pilot hole for raise-boring at Northam Platinum’s Zondereinde mine. Drilling of the pilot hole at number 3 shaft, a new vertical shaft at the Western extension section of Zondereinde, commenced on 25 September 2019 and the receiving chamber underground was reached on 18 July 2020, completing the 1 382 metre hole, and setting a new world record. The previous…

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Market diversification remains Master Drilling’s sweet spot in a challenging operating environment

March 24, 2020

24 March 2020 – Master Drilling Group Limited (Master Drilling, JSE: MDI), a global leader in providing drilling services to various sectors, today reported its results for the year ended 31 December 2019, recording an increase in revenue of 6.9% to USD148.3 million and a slight decrease in operating profit of 5.1% to USD22.4 million, due to adverse global market conditions and an uncertain macro operating environment. Commenting on the release of the company’s annual results, Danie Pretorius, CEO of Master Drilling said: “No one can run away from a challenging operating environment, but we can look for ways to…

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Diversification in global markets remains a key driver of growth for Master Drilling

September 10, 2019

10 September 2019 – Master Drilling Group Limited (Master Drilling, JSE: MDI) today released the group’s results for the six months ended 30 June 2019. During the six-month period, an increase in revenue was realised on the back of the acquisition of the Atlantis Group, which has strengthened Master Drilling’s operations in the regions in which it operates and has augmented the skills and expertise of the group. Commenting on the release of the company’s interim results, Danie Pretorius, CEO of Master Drilling said, “In the face of continued uncertainty and volatility, which has inevitably impacted on business performance, we…

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Master Drilling’s continued investment in technology developments to support healthy pipeline

March 26, 2019

26 March 2019 – Master Drilling Group Limited (Master Drilling, JSE: MDI) today reported stable results for the year ended 31 December 2018. Revenue increased by 14.2% to USD138.7 million and operating profit remained stable at USD23.6 million, marking a positive result given challenges in the macroeconomic environment experienced by the business in many of the geographies where it operates. Commenting on the release of the company’s annual results, Danie Pretorius said: “Over the past year, the macroeconomic operating environment proved to be more difficult than initially anticipated, both globally and domestically. Notwithstanding this, we remained steadfast in the pursuit…

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