Precious metals miner said its platinum group metals (PGM) operations had delivered "solid operational results" in the first-half of 2017, prompting an upward revision to its 2017 production forecast and a downward revision to guided costs.
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Mine is expected to generate about 300,000 ounces annually by late 2021/early 2022, increasing total PGM production from Sibanye’s operations in the US by more than 50%.
A strong price recovery for the main commodities South Africa mines and exports has helped the country’s sector stage a turnaround in 2017, the first time in five years the industry is back in the black.
The miner warned further reductions could be in store at those operations, which employ 31,000 people.
South Africa holds the world's biggest reserves of platinum, chrome and manganese, but investment in the sector has dropped in each of the past two years as a result of increasing legal uncertainty and labour disputes.
The miner, South Africa’s largest gold producer, said that in the absence of a dividend, it’ll give investors two new shares for every 100 held.
South Africa's Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) expects half-year profits to fall by as much as 67 percent due to a stronger rand, lower sales and post-tax impairments, the company said on Tuesday.
The suspension follows a pending a judgement in an urgent interdict application by the country's Chamber of Mines.
Workers at the mine downed tools over a week ago, angered by the company’s actions to eradicate illegal miners from its operations.
The country will require local miners to be 30% black-owned and has set a 12-month deadline for them to comply with the new rules.
Stuart Chambers, 61 and former chairman of UK chip designer Arm, will join Anglo as a non-executive director in September, replacing Parker in November.
Shareholders voted overwhelmingly in favour of the cash takeover, which will make the South African firm the world's No.3 palladium producer and No.4 platinum group metals miner.
Both iron ore and diamond output rose in the first quarter thanks to a continued ramping-up of the company's Minas Rio mine in Brazil and improvements in the gem market.
The world's number five diversified miner posted its first annual net profit in five years.
Mines minister Mosebenzi Zwane noted that 19 of the 73 miners who died in South Africa last year lost their lives at operations run by those companies.
The miner reported broadly higher output in the fourth quarter across all divisions, except for copper, which suffered from lower grades and strikes.
Takeover would make of Sibanye Gold the world's third largest palladium producer and fourth biggest platinum group metals miner.
Together with reducing Sibanye’s dependence on its aging South African assets, the deal will make the company the world's third largest palladium producer, the company said.
The company remains confident the sale of its Rustenburg mines in South Africa to Sibanye Gold will clear its last regulatory hurdle before the end of the year.
The miner said its turnaround plan was “on track” as it slashed debt and beat earnings forecasts in the first half of the year.
Shares plunged after miner revealed that output fell almost across the board in the April – June period.
Full voting results will be released on Friday.
The deal also proposes facilitating the sale of struggling mines.
FTSE 100 reweighting to take place in March.
The gold miner is expanding its portfolio to platinum, coal and uranium, as it also mulls an incursion in the base metals sector.