Northam has announced its wholly owned subsidiary, Eland Platinum, has entered an agreement with Barplats Mines, a subsidiary of Eastern Platinum, to purchase the Maroelabult assets.
This includes the mining and surface rights, infrastructure, equipment and associated fixed and movable property, for a cash consideration of R20 million.
Northam’s CEO, Paul Dunne, says:
“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.”
Upon implementation of the transaction, Eland will assume the environmental rehabilitation liabilities associated with the Maroelabult assets in accordance with the transaction terms.
The transaction and payment of the purchase consideration are subject to the fulfilment of certain conditions precedent typical for a transaction of this nature.
These include, inter alia, consent by the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy in terms of section 102 of the MPRDA, No. 28 of 2002 to incorporate the relevant mining right portions into the contiguous mining right held by Eland.
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 proved and probable reserve of 188 357 oz 4E.
The surface and underground infrastructure included in the Maroelabult assets will positively impact 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.