Media release: Northam acquires the Maroelabult assets for R20 million
- 29 Oct 2019
Johannesburg 29 October 2019: Northam Platinum Limited (Northam) is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Eland Platinum Proprietary Limited (Eland), has entered into an agreement with Barplats Mines Proprietary Limited (Barplats) to purchase its Maroelabult assets for a cash consideration of R20 million. Barplats is a subsidiary of Eastern Platinum Limited.
Included in the transaction are the mining and surface rights, infrastructure, equipment and associated fixed and movable property. Upon implementation of the transaction, Eland will assume the environmental rehabilitation liabilities associated with the Maroelabult assets in accordance with the transaction terms.
The property on which the Maroelabult assets are located lies immediately west of Eland mine and the UG2 orebody on these two properties is analogous. The Maroelabult assets include a measured and indicated resource of 231 744 oz 4E and a proven and probable reserve of 188 357 oz 4E.
The surface and underground infrastructure included in the Maroelabult assets will enhance the overall build program of Eland mine and provide additional planning optionality.
In order to facilitate an efficient transfer of ownership, Eland will be granted access to the Maroelabult assets from 1 November 2019 and will assume responsibility for the care and maintenance costs of the Maroelabult assets with effect from this date, amounting to approximately R6.6 million per annum.
Northam’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul Dunne, said “Northam is looking forward to extracting the synergistic benefits between the Maroelabult assets and Eland and we are confident that the Maroelabult assets will make a positive contribution towards Eland’s ongoing development.”
The transaction and payment of the purchase consideration are subject to the fulfilment of certain conditions precedent including, inter alia, consent by the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy in terms of section 102 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, No. 28 of 2002 to incorporate the relevant mining right portions into the contiguous mining right held by Eland.
29 October 2019
Issued by R&A Strategic Communications, Johannesburg, Tel +27 (0)11 880 3924;
Marion Brower +27 71 493 0387