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SasolDynoNobel statement on Master Blaster matter

Date: 
05 November 2020

Mr. Mark Davis of Master Blaster has published, on an open global platform, very serious defamatory and false claims pertaining to an Arbitrator’s factual findings. In a case that Mr. Davis and his company actually lost, Mr. Davis is now attempting to distort the outcome in his favor by fabricating facts. Sasol, Sasol Dyno Nobel and Dyno Nobel (collectively, “Sasol”) will pursue legal remedies for defamation against Mr. Davis.

Mr. Davis’ company, Master Blaster, together with Northern Explosives (the claimants), have engaged in a protracted legal process against Sasol since 2016.  The claimants alleged sabotage and tampering by Sasol with Master Blaster detonators.  This claim was rejected in binding arbitration.

The Arbitrator dismissed all claims against Sasol, and the claimants were ordered to pay Sasol’s legal costs. There has never been any criminal charges or other findings regarding criminal conduct on the part of Sasol. 

Sasol confirms that in 2013, it obtained a box containing 100 Master Blaster detonators. These Master Blaster detonators were sourced for the purpose of  benchmark product testing. These detonators had been removed by the magazine master of Booysendal mine, near Mashishing (Lydenburg), and given to Sasol. The Arbitrator found that the transportation of the detonators without the required permit was improper. Disciplinary action was taken against the Sasol employees involved.

Mr. Davis’ recent statements attempt to twist the Arbitrator’s actual findings into the outcome Mr. Davis hoped for. The reality is that Mr. Davis lost the case. Sasol will pursue appropriate legal remedies for Mr. Davis’ blatant falsehoods.

 

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