Swaziland - Industry

The industrial sector is dominated by agro-industries involving local sugar, wood pulp, citrus and other fruit, cotton, and meat. Swaziland has been successful in attracting investment from Coca-Cola (which opened a concentrate plant in 1986) and Cadbury (which opened a new sweets factory in 1989). These, combined with continued investment from the Far East (4 Taiwanese-owned textile plants were opened in 1986), and investments in the mid-1990s in refrigerator production, means that the manufacturing sector continues to grow. However, there has been some domestic unrest caused by low wages.

Mining has fallen in importance since the 1960s, contributing only about 1 percent of the GDP in 1997-98. High-grade iron ore was exhausted by 1978, and health concerns have reduced the world demand for asbestos. Asbestos mining (by a joint venture between the government and a South African Company, HVL Asbestos) is nevertheless the principal mining activity. Production was 27,700 tons in 1998, and most of this was exported. Deposits are mainly in the High-Veld.

The diamond mine at Dvokolwako closed at the end of 1996. A new coal mine at Maloma in the south of the country opened in 1993 which produces mainly anthracite for export to Europe (203,100 tons in 1997 and 410,000 tons in 1998). It replaced the now closed Mpaka Mine as the main source of coal. Stone is quarried at 3 centers, and production is increasing. Local construction and roads industries take all stone production.

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Dec 3, 2011 @ 9:09 am
very good information I also would like to ask some ouestions? where has mining fallen since 2010? what do they collect? when did swaziland start mining how do they do it? How much money do they get for mining where does it go? what does venture mean? does the diamond mine still exsist?
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Dec 1, 2013 @ 7:07 am
Mining in Swaziland decreased because of the railway used to transport Iron Ore to the port in Mozambique was constantly bombed by mozambican rebels. It become an economic to continue. Cuyrrently the country mines coal and iron ore. There are moves to start diamond mining. A new railwayline is being constructed. The peace of Swaziland neighbours have been possible for the country to start mining. Swaziland has other minerals that canm be mined in small scale. The Eastern mountaimns lies in the Barton Green Belt, which as some semi precious and precious stones like the green chert and some rubi. There is also lead, gold, limestone, cobalt

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