History and location

Mozal Aluminium is our aluminum smelter and transport infrastructure, just 20 kilometres west of Mozambique’s capital city, Maputo.

The land where the smelter sits was originally farming land and through negotiation, the farmers agreed to be relocated with compensation and new dwellings.

Construction of our Mozal operations started nearly 20 years ago, and included a new berth at the nearby port of Matola, access roads and a bridge. Not long after the smelter opened in late 2000 expansion plans were already underway to double its capacity.

Backed by a US$2 billion investment, the smelter was the largest private investment in the country and the first large, direct foreign investment, helping rebuild Mozambique after a period of unrest.

South32 owns 47.1 per cent of Mozal Aluminium, while Mitsubishi Corporation Metals Holding GmbH holds 25 per cent, Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited owns 24 per cent and the Government of the Republic of Mozambique holds 3.9 per cent (through preference shares). 

Smeltering operations

Mozal Aluminium is the largest industrial employer in the country, making a significant contribution to the local economy.

More than half a million tonnes of aluminium is produced here every year and recently we also started supplying Mozambique’s first downstream aluminium business. Developing this downstream industry will boost the local economy.

Mozal Aluminium

Our Mozal operation turns 20

The Mozal project was conceived when Mozambique was emerging from the devastating civil war, with the aim of using foreign investment to boost the national economy through beneficiation.

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Playing our part

Since the beginning we have worked towards improving Mozambique’s economy and the lives of its people.

By establishing the Mozal Community Development Trust in 2000, with a US$34 million investment, allowed 200 projects addressing major challenges in the region to get underway.

We have helped build eleven schools, trained teachers, refurbished five local clinics, helped more than 100 small businesses and provided finance to farmers’ associations-increasing food production. The trust has also contributed to the Malaria Control Program- in partnership with the Lebombo Spatial Development Initiative-aimed at eradicating malaria in the region.

Mozal supporting local university 2021
Engineering Education in Mozambique

Mozal supporting engineering at Mozambique's Eduardo Mondlane University.

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Mozal bursaries 2020
Mozal awards bursaries to 40 female students

Forty female students in Mozambique awarded bursaries by Mozal for studies in in industrial mechanics and electricity

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Improving lives in Mozambique

An agricultural program has helped improve the lives of more than 600 local farmers.

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Get in touch with Mozal Aluminium

Samuel Gudo
Samuel Gudo

Samuel Gudo, Vice President Operations

Sam became Vice President Operations in September 2016, prior to which he was General Manager at Mozal. He began his career at Mozal in 1999 and has since held various leadership roles in maintenance, production and corporate affairs. Sam holds an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Eduardo Mondlane University and a Masters Degree in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa.

Gil Cumaio, Corporate Affairs

Beluluane Industrial Park
Boane District
Phone: +258 21 735700