The name Tayanna comes from an ancient Aztec civilization in South America, where “tayanna” was used when referring to a ray of sunshine. The atmosphere in and around the mining town of Tete in North-western Mozambique is very hot and dusty from all the construction activity, and with our beautiful baobab perfectly placed outside our offices receiving the first rays of light in the morning, the name Tayanna was born.

Back in 1994, Tayanna was awarded its first project for the Tete Urban Water Supply, funded by Danida. The company has gone from strength to strength since then, completing vast projects in Mozambique and in 2009, Tayanna Mozambique was registered. Tayanna has embarked on a significant investment in expanding its operations and now with over 25 years in the industry, the company is well-known for being a beacon of light in the mining industry.

With an industry leading safety record, we are a civil and mining contractor of choice, who boast a solid reputation for delivering complex projects in challenging environments. Our biggest contract to date is SYRAH, where Tayanna was nominated the Mining Contractor on the largest Graphite Mine in the World. SYRAH is also our largest value contract, set at over US$ 36 Million.


First Project Awarded

The awarding of the Tete Urban Water Supply contract, funded by Danida, was the pioneering project in Mocambique for R. Davis & Co (Zimbabwe).


SARL Registration

  • Awarded major sub-contract works with Grinakers/LTA (Moz) to execute Civil works for Mocambique Leaf Tobacco Factory in Tete.
  • Davis & Co (Moz) SARL registered.

Roadworks Expansion

  • In July, the plant was relocated to Nipiodi, 260kms south of Nampula, to undertake sub-contract work for road works under the auspices of Tamega Construction.
  • The company relocated the plant under a plant-hire contract with CMC (Africa Astral) for the construction of a new road from Alto Molocue towards Nampula at the Niassa Roads based in Mandimba. Contract completed August 2008.

Tayanna Expansion

  • The Company was awarded an annual equipment supply, manage and maintain contract to construct and maintain access roads to Riversdale’s numerous drilling and exploration sites.
  • Awarded contract to Mine Riversdale first Trial Pit (No 1) 225,000 BCM’s of overburden stripping and coal extraction.
  • Davis & Co (Moz) SARL registered Tayanna (Moz) SARL as a 100% Mocambique Company, independent from its Zimbabwe “sister” company.
  • Tayanna was  awarded CPI approval and made substantial investments in Mocambique. These include new plant and equipment, residential property, offices and workshop facilities that support the Company’s operations across the country.
  • Tayanna is licensed to undertake contracts of unlimited value by being registered with an ALVERA Class 7 business license category 1-7.

Mining Expansion

Breakthrough into Open Cast Mining, with a contract award with Minas Moatize Mine. As well as investments in greater capacity plant and equipment to carry out these mining operations.


Major Civils Expansion

  • Numerous contracts with WBHO carrying our Platform works, Tailings Dams and Rail line infrastructure and bulk earthworks.
  • Award of contract with EQSTRA / MCC on the Benga Mine to carry out Subsoil and bulk waste stripping.
  • Major Roadwork’s contract with Mota-Engil in Tete for the new bridge spanning across the Zambezi River.
  • Diversified into major civil contracts with earthworks, roads, water and sewer and paving for the construction of 3 major shopping malls in Tete.
  • Award of Highest Value contract in Company’s History to date ($40 Million United States Dollars) with SYRAH Resources Graphite Mine (Green Fields Project) as the principle Mining Contractor which has opened new opportunities in the North of Mocambique.
  • Award of Bulk Sample Project with Mustang Resources Ruby Project in Montepuez.
  • Increase in Plant and Equipment resources with the addition of 2 x CAT 986 Front End Loaders, 1 x Volvo L110 Frontend Loader, 8 x 50Ton Mining Trucks, 6 x 16m3 Tipper Trucks, D8 Dozer, 140H Grader and 1 x 20,000lt Water Truck.
  • Increase in CPI facility to over $10 Million USD to ensure future expansion can be accommodated.
  • Addition of Key personal and expertise in the Mining and Construction sector which has given the company the ability and expertise the to take on additional works in both the Mining Environment and Civil Construction.