Botash biggest supplier of soda ash in South Africa

SHARE   |   Wednesday, 27 January 2016   |   By Phillimon Mmeso
Botash biggest supplier of soda ash in South Africa

Botswana Ash, one of the biggest soda ash suppliers in Southern Africa, dominates the market in South Africa. Briefing members of the media today in Sowa, Botash Managing Director Montwedi Mphathi said currently their supply to South Africa is at 47% followed by Zambia at 24%. As way of ensuring that they continue to dominate market in the region, Mphathi revealed that they have BOTASH South Africa which is in charge of marketing their product and is wholly-owned by Botash. Most of the soda ash exported to South Africa is used to make glass at 66% followed by steel and vanadium at 18%. One of the challenges that the mine is facing is high transport cost with Mphathi saying currently they spend P300m on transport per year.