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South Africa: Lexington, Harmony, Mark Creasy bet on shallow Wits gold

By David Whitehouse

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Posted on May 19, 2023 04:00

Gold bullion coins known as Krugerrands are pictured in the mint where they are manufactured in Midrand outside Johannesburg © Gold bullion coins, also known as  Krugerrands.  REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Gold bullion coins, also known as Krugerrands. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

US junior miner Lexington Gold, Harmony Gold and billionaire Australian explorer Mark Creasy are betting that the remaining potential of the Witwatersrand gold fields has been overlooked as mining majors turn away from South Africa.

Lexington on 15 May agreed to buy 76% of White Rivers Exploration, which was set up by Creasy in 2002. The company will pay up to £6.4m ($79m) through new common shares in Lexington Gold, and £300,000 ($371,963) via a subordinated loan to White Rivers. The acquisition is conditional on share subscription and loan agreements, along with approval from Lexington’s shareholders.

Mining exploration in South Africa has declined in recent years due to factors such as concern over the reliability of power supply, and lack of an efficient online cadastral system. The Witwatersrand basin is still the world’s largest gold resource, but according to Minerals Council

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