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MBABANE – Reasons have been revealed why Salgaocar Swaziland Limited (PTY) LTD has stopped its operations.

It has been revealed that there is a serious shareholder dispute that has arisen between shareholders of Salgaocar Resources Africa Limited (SRAL) in Singapore.

This is one of the reasons which resulted in the company halting its operations.
Sihle Forward Dlamini, who is the Director of Salgaocar board of Directors stated that on or about December 2013, the price of iron ore started a downward trend and this impacted negatively on the company’s ability to continue its operations.

He revealed this in an application filed by the company at the High Court where it wants to be placed under judicial management. “The significant issues referred above are as follows: a serious shareholder dispute arose between the shareholders of the investor SRAL, which has resulted in proceedings being instituted between themselves in Singapore,” he stated.

Dlamini said although Salgaocar Swaziland Limited was not fully apprised of the nature of the dispute, it involved a challenge by Salgaocar Mining Industries in Goa over the shares in the investing shareholder, SRAL.

“As a result of the dispute, the investor representatives at Board level are unable to make decisions or give direction to the board due to the fact that it is unclear from whom they take instructions. This, in turn, has resulted in the board of the applicant (Salgaocar Swaziland Limited) being hamstrung,” he stated.

Dlamini further submitted that the second and important issue was that the international price of iron ore fell around January/February 2014 from E1 360 per tonne to E680 per tonne.

He alleged that this represented a new five-year low of the price of iron ore.
“It also effectively meant that the cost of processing the ore at the present moment exceeds the price that the applicant is able to obtain from the international market. In other words, it has become financially impossible to operate the mine,” he submitted.


Dlamini informed the court that the applicant (Salgaocar Swaziland Limited) has around 50 000 tonnes of ore currently at Port Maputo awaiting sale and further in excess of 50 000 tonnes at Mpaka and Ngwenya, all ready for export. He said with the decline of prices on or about May 2014, Salgaocar Swaziland Limited engaged in a cost-cutting exercise as well as improving the grade of the product to enable it to sustain itself.

“However, the price of iron ore has continued to fall drastically and at the present day, the price on the international market amounts to E550 per tonne. Due to the economic non- viability of the project at the current market price, the applicant decided to suspend all operations at Ngwenya Iron Ore Mine. Instead it is in the process of carrying out maintenance of its plant, machinery and jigging plants,” Dlamini further submitted.

Comments (8 posted):

Sacolo on 14/10/2014 06:19:37
wuuu siyabonga phose safa tingoti letinengi betibangwa nguko and enviroment beseyilimele
Mzimkhulu Gqadu on 14/10/2014 06:34:10
I am worried about the negative implication this will have for the employees, most of them will loose their jobs. I hope they will resolve this issue and move on.
sbuda lo on 14/10/2014 08:47:04
i hope its not what i hear from the grapevine .....that the mighty swazis from lobamba are demanding high percentage share
MainGate on 14/10/2014 09:06:49
It might be more than that, EU markets are not happy with the state of workers conditions in the country. Sanctions might be rolling down to our shores, thula ulalele futhi ulalelisise, ngemanga laluhlata lelesitjelwa wona.
vikimpi mngomezulu on 14/10/2014 09:45:29
The prices should be qouted in dollars please.Right now they do not make sense they ridiculously low in dollar terms e.g E1360 is equivalent to about $136
Sebenele on 14/10/2014 11:43:57
So you are saying Salgaocar no longer operates in Swaziland?....How come there's trucks full of iron ore on the country's roads daily? Kwentenjani kani? What happened to investigative journalism?
ND -Luyengo on 14/10/2014 14:56:27
Good-byee, Salgaocar,we are symphatizing with you but on the other hand we appreciate that our country now would be accidents free.
Ntokozo on 14/10/2014 22:16:34
Its so sad how we let these foreign investors come to our land and exploit our fellow brothers and take our natural resources for close to nothing. Its time we became wise and bold to disallow this sickness.

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