Foundation Members

At our inception in 2004 MCLI initially had eight founder members. These eight companies saw and acted on the need for a co-ordinated effort on behalf of the business sector to represent to Government the requirements for sustained investment into the MDC. A joint effort was undertaken by these organisations to expand their individual focus into a synergistic effort for the greater good of all parties. These companies do indeed represent a cross-section of key players, either along the MDC or in their particular industry sectors in the region.

Their decision to work together to further the aims of the initial MDC Spatial Development Initiative resulted in the formation of MCLI.

It was recognised from the outset that in order for the Initiative to be successful, the public sector needed to be represented on the MCLI Board. The South African National Department of Transport (DoT), seeking to role out its National Freight Logistics Strategy in the province through the Mpumalanga Provincial Department of Roads and Transport, recognised the institutional framework for public-private consultation that had already been built in the province by MCLI and joined as a foundation member.


1. CFM - Mozambique Ports & Railways Company


2. DoT - Department of Transport

The South African National Government Department of Transport (DoT or DoT) joined the Board of MCLI as a Foundation Member albeit belatedly, following the huge progress MCLI had made in acting as a coordinator of the views of the private sector in developing the Maputo Corridor, which is one of the key corridors earmarked for development within the context of the DoT's National Freight Logistics Strategy.

Upon becoming an MCLI Board Member in 2006, the DoT back-paid Board Member contributions to 2004 for the launch and sustainance of MCLI as a Section 21 company and is thus one of our nine Founder / Foundation Members.

The DoT participates indirectly in the Mpumalanga Freight Logistics Forum (MFLF) through the Mpumalanga Provincial Department of Roads and Transport, but is directly represented on our Board.


3. Grindrod Terminals Mozambique

In the 4th Quarter of 2007, Grindrod purchased the remaining shares of African Portland Industries ( API ) which is the company that owns the long term lease over the Bulk Handling Terminal at Matola in Maputo – Mozambique. Terminal de Carvao de Matola which is otherwise commonly known as the “Matola Coal Terminal” or “TCM” is now under the ownership and management of Grindrod Terminals.


4. Kudumba Investments

Non-Intrusive Inspections using an Integrated Border Security Solution using International Technology and Expertise to Make Mozambique a World Leader.


5. MMC - Manganese Metal Company

MMC is the single largest producer of electrolytic manganese metal in the world and one of the largest employers in Mpumalanga. MMC initiated the formation of MCLI when it sought to cut its logistics cost by exporting its products via the port of Maputo.


6. MPDC - Maputo Port Development Company

MPDC is a Mozambican registered company formed to operate the concession to re-develop the ports Maputo and Matola in Maputo City.

Dubai, UAE, Maputo, Mozambique, 7 January 2008: - Global port operator DP World has further committed to the growing Mozambique port of Maputo, investing more than US$32 million in the Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC), joining in a partnership with Grindrod International Ltd and Mozambique Gestores SARL.

DP World has now purchased 48.5 % of Portus Indico – Sociedade de Servicos Portuarios, SA. Grindrod International Ltd holds another 48.5%, with Mozambique Gestores, SARL holding the remaining 3%.

CFM holds 33% and the remaining 16% belongs to the Government of Mozambique.


7. SR - Swaziland Railway


8. TFR - Transnet Freight Rail