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Mining of Gold and Uranium in South Africa Updated Report Available
BY Alex Conradie
South Africa
23 May 2016
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The Mining of Gold and Uranium


This report focuses on the South African gold and uranium mining sectors. During 2015 South Africa produced 167.5t of gold, which was 5.2% of the global total, and exported 118.1t worth R55.3bn. As the bulk of the country’s uranium is produced as a by-product of gold mining, the performance of the uranium mining sector is closely linked to that of the gold mining sector, and 447.3t of uranium was produced in 2015. According to the latest available data, almost 119,000 people were employed by gold mining companies during 2014.


Challenges and Opportunities


Challenges faced by the gold mining sector include a drop in commodity prices, rapidly rising input costs, policy and regulatory uncertainty, and operational challenges, such as ageing infrastructure, greater distances from the shaft to the face, and declining gold grades. The development of technology that will enable companies to mine safely and at greater depths than they currently do is viewed by stakeholders as imperative if the life of local gold mines is to be extended. Despite opposition to Government’s proposed nuclear build programme, which is estimated to cost more than R1-trillion, analysts believe it is likely to go ahead, spurring interest and investment in the uranium sector.


Report Coverage


The Mining of Gold and Uranium describes the domestic sector, highlights current conditions, including the uncertainty that exists in the regulatory environment, and discusses factors influencing the success of the industry. The report profiles 14 role players including dominant companies AngloGold Ashanti, Sibanye Gold and Harmony Gold Mining Company that produce gold from several large mines in the Witwatersrand Basin. South Africa’s only uranium mine owned by Shiva Uranium, a subsidiary of Oakbay Resources and Energy is also profiled, as is Rand Uranium (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of Sibanye Gold and small entity, White Rivers Exploration (Pty) Ltd which has entered into an exploration joint venture with Harmony Gold.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 1
2.2. Geographic Position 3
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 5
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 12
4.1. Local 12
4.1.1. Gold 12
4.1.2. Uranium 16
4.1.3. Corporate Actions 17
4.1.4. Regulations 19
4.1.5. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 23
4.2. Continental 24
4.2.1. Gold 24
4.2.2. Uranium 24
4.3. International 25
4.3.1. Gold 25
4.3.2. Uranium 28
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 30
5.1. Economic Environment 30
5.2. Labour 31
5.3. Mine Safety 33
5.4. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 34
5.5. Environmental Concerns 35
5.6. Government’s Proposed Nuclear Build Programme 36
5.7. Illegal Mining 37
6. COMPETITION 38
6.1. Barriers to Entry 38
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 39
8. OUTLOOK 40
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 40
10. REFERENCES 41
10.1. Publications 41
10.2. Websites 42
COMPANY PROFILES 43
AngloGold Ashanti Ltd 43
Central Rand Gold Ltd 49
Ergo Mining (Pty) Ltd 52
Giyani Gold Corporation 55
Gold Fields Ltd 58
Gold One International (Pty) Ltd 64
Goliath Gold Mining Ltd 66
Harmony Gold Mining Company Ltd 69
Oakbay Resources and Energy Ltd 74
Pan African Resources Plc 77
Peninsula Energy Ltd 80
Rand Uranium (Pty) Ltd 83
Shiva Uranium (Pty) Ltd 85
Sibanye Gold Ltd 87
Stonewall Resources Ltd 91
Vantage Goldfields SA (Pty) Ltd 93
Village Main Reef Ltd 95
White Rivers Exploration (Pty) Ltd 98
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