Sibanye takes ownership of the Rustenburg Platinum Mines and implements management changes
Westonaria, 1 November 2016 - https://www.commodity-tv.net/c/mid,2697,Company_Presentation/?v=296429: Sibanye is pleased to announce that the acquisition by a wholly owned subsidiary company, Sibanye Rustenburg Platinum Mines Proprietary Limited (“SRPM”), from Rustenburg Platinum Mines Limited (“RPM”), of the Bathopele, Siphumelele (incl. Khomanani), and Thembelani (incl. Khuseleka) mining operations, two concentrating plants, an on-site chrome recovery plant, the Western Limb Tailings Retreatment Plant, associated surface infrastructure and related assets and liabilities on a going concern basis, including normalised levels of working capital (the “Rustenburg Operations”) (the “Transaction”) has become effective today, 1 November 2016.
The Transaction has now been fully implemented, following settlement of the Initial Upfront Purchase Price of R1.5 billion in cash, from Sibanye’s existing cash resources and debt facilities.
Sibanye is also pleased to announce that the broad based black economic empowerment (“BBBEE”) ownership of SRPM has been agreed and implemented from 1 November 2016 such that Sibanye holds 74% of SRPM, with the remaining 26% held through Newshelf 1335 Proprietary Limited (“BBBEECo SPV”). The shareholders of BBBEECo SPV are: Rustenburg Mine Employees Trust (30.4%), Rustenburg Mine Community Development Trust (24.8%) Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Investment Holdings (24.8%) and Siyanda Resources Proprietary Limited (20%).
“We are pleased to have concluded the Transaction and look forward, together with our BBBEE partners, to making a positive contribution to the sustainability of the Rustenburg Operations. We are confident that we will realise meaningful cost and operational synergies by consolidating the Rustenburg Operations and Kroondal Operations and secure a sustainable and rewarding future for all stakeholders” said Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye.
The full details of the Transaction announced on 9 September 2015 are available on Sibanye’s website on the following link: https://www.sibanyegold.co.za/investors/news/company-announcements/2015/item/174-sens-acquisition-of-rustenburg-mining-and-concentrating-operations.
Management appointments at Sibanye’s Platinum Division
Following the successful integration of the platinum assets previously owned by Aquarius Platinum Limited into Sibanye, Jean Nel has tendered his resignation as CEO of the Platinum Division, effective 1 November 2016. Robert van Niekerk, previously EVP: Organisational Effectiveness at Sibanye, has been appointed as CEO of the Platinum Division. Robert has significant operating and integration experience across the mining industry, including 5 years in senior operational roles at Anglo American Platinum’s Rustenburg operations.
Dawie van Aswegen has also been appointed SVP: Technical Services for the Platinum Division. Dawie has 20 years’ experience working for AAP in the Rustenburg Operations in various roles. Between January 2012 and September 2015, he was the General Manager (GM) of the Bathopele mine (mechanised section) and from September 2016, the GM of RPM’s East Mine, which consisted of the Bathopele and Siphumelele mechanised sections and the Siphumelele conventional sections.
Neal Froneman commenting on the appointments said: “I would like to thank Jean for leading the successful integration of the Aquarius Operations into Sibanye, and I wish him good fortune with his future endeavours. I am very pleased, to welcome Dawie to the Sibanye Platinum Division executive team. His experience and understanding of the Rustenburg Operations will add further depth to an already strong platinum executive team. I am confident that this team, under Robert’s leadership, and experience will realise significant value for stakeholders as we integrate these operations into the Group”.
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