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  • 1.8838576Johannesburg Stock Exchange- and New York Stock Exchange-listed Gold Fields Limited has concluded a development agreement with the Government of Ghana for both the Tarkwa and Damang mines.

    The highlights of the agreement include:

    • A reduction in the corporate tax rate from 35.0% to 32.5%, effective 17 March 2016.

    • A change in the royalty rate from a flat 5% of revenue to a sliding scale royalty based on the gold price (as per table below), with effect from 1 January 2017.

    Gold Fields said the terms of the agreement will be for a period of 11 years for Tarkwa and nine years for Damang, each renewable for an additional five years.

    The miner said Ghana continues to be a key region for its operations and has commended the Government of Ghana for “creating a fair and competitive environment in the country”.

    The agreed royalty rates and corresponding prices are as follows:

    Royalty rate Gold price

    3.0% US$0 – 1,300/oz
    3.5% US$1,300 – 1,449.99/oz
    4.0% US$1,450 – 2,299.99/oz
    5.0% US$2,300/oz – unlimited

    Damang Gold Mine

    Mineral Resources: 5.3 million ounces

    Mineral Reserves: 1.2 million ounces

    • Turnaround at Damang was sustained through 2014

    • Re-assessing all options at Damang across the entire mining lease to derive a strategy to drive the best cash-generative plan

    • The full mining lease underwent a prospectivity assessment in 2014 to identify and rank brownfield opportunities. A strike of 8km contiguous to the Damang pit provides upside potential with a further 15km of strike trending south-west toward Tarkwa reflecting a prospective corridor for ongoing near-mine exploration. Following this assessment, a three-year phased exploration programme has been profiled that will commence in 2015.

    • LoM extended to 2020 (six years).

    Tarkwa Gold Mine

    Mineral Resources: 9.6 million ounces

    Mineral Reserves: 7.5 million ounces

    • Solid and consistent anchor for growth in the West Africa region

    • Owner-operated, high-volume, grade-driven surface operation

    • Low-margin reserves removed from the plan

    • Maintaining capital waste strip rates to secure a steady flow of consistent grade ore

    • Focus on maintaining high mining fleet and processing efficiencies

    • Life-of-Mine extends to 2031 (17 years).

    Gold Fields’ West Africa region – Damang and Tarkwa – accounts for 14% of the gold mineral resource and 17% of the gold mineral reserve base, excluding growth projects. Gold Fields also has mines in the Americas, Australasia, South Africa and the Netherlands.


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