Shuka Minerals plc (AIM: SKA), an African focused mine operator and developer, announces the Company’s unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2023.
I am pleased to present the Company’s Interim Results for the six-month period from 1 January 2023 to 30 June 2023. The period was a transformative one for the Company, particularly from a corporate perspective with a strategic investment of £1.47 million secured from two African focused mining investment groups, an intended significant restructuring of the Board of Directors, a change of name to Shuka Minerals plc (which was successfully approved by shareholders subsequent to the end of the period) and the application of the funds raised to not only fund its ongoing working capital requirements at its operating Rukwa Coal Mine, but also to fund due diligence costs associated with ongoing review work of potential new and strategically complimentary projects in Africa.
The most notable development during the six-month period, was the strategic investment that the Company was able to secure with Q Global Commodities Group, one of South Africa’s leading independent commodity, mining, logistics and investment funds and with Gathoni Muchai Investments Limited, an East Africa based mining investment group. As part of this investment, the Company received an aggregate £1.47 million of new funding, with £575,000 received in June 2023, and the £893,000 balance received in September 2023 following shareholder approval at the Annual General Meeting held on 3 August 2023.
In conjunction with this strategic investment, the Company commenced a major restructuring and strengthening of its Board, and I was pleased to confirm the appointment of Mr Jason Brewer, a director of Gathoni Muchai Investments and the CEO of London-listed Marula Mining Plc, as Executive Director of the Company in June 2023. I am also looking forward to the proposed appointment of Mr Quinton van der Burgh later this year, who is the founder and CEO of Q Global Commodities and one of South Africa’s leading mining entrepreneurs, and who will join the Company as Director and Non-Executive Chairman, subject to satisfactory completion of customary due diligence by the Company’s Nominated Adviser. Mr Nicholas von Schirnding, resigned as a director of the Company, with effect from 31 October 2023. I would like to thank Nick for his work and commitment to the Company over the years and would like to welcome Jason and, in due course, Quinton to the Board, whom I believe will be transformative appointments for the Company as it looks to re-establish itself over the coming months as a leading African focused mining and development company.
During the period and while the Company completed its corporate restructuring and recapitalisation, the Company continued to manage day-to-day operations at its wholly owned Rukwa Coal Mine in Tanzania. Operations during the period were quite challenging as a result of the high moisture content in the run-of-mine (“ROM”) coal stockpile, which impacted on the coal washing process and coal production over the period. As a result of the wash plant performance and ongoing maintenance work on plant and equipment during the period, only limited coal sales were made into the regional markets during the period. The Company continues to review its ongoing investment in the Rukwa Coal Mine and targeted production rates. In parallel with its operational activities, the Company continued in its discussions with the Mining Commission in Tanzania, to ensure ongoing compliance with local regulations, and to address previously disclosed outstanding legacy matters concerning claims and litigation and the status of the mining licence.
The strategic investment received from Gathoni Muchai Investments and Q Global Commodities has ensured that the Company has been able to fund its ongoing working capital needs and corporate and mining development activities, and importantly fund costs associated with the evaluation of potential complementary advanced mining and mine development projects across Africa with the support and active involvement of these two new major shareholders.
I look forward to providing further updates as we progress our strategy and to operating under our new company name of Shuka Minerals plc which was approved by shareholders at the Annual General Meeting held on 3 August 2023, and officially announced on 1 September 2023. This is a name which certainly reflects our position as a mine operator in east Africa and as a truly African focused mining and development company that is committed to ensuring its activities demonstrate a commitment to environmental sustainability, community engagement, and responsible mining practices.
I would like to thank all our shareholders for their ongoing support and I look forward to working alongside my fellow directors and all key stakeholders over the rest of 2023.
Chief Executive Officer
For further information please contact:
Shuka Minerals Plc
Jason Brewer – Executive Director
Noel Lyons – Chief Executive Officer
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