Acacia export ban a consequence of populism and bad blood

R.B

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IT can’t be in the interests of the Tanzanian government to see Acacia Mining close its Bulyanhulu mine, but that’s exactly the consequence of the current impasse behind the gold firm’s concentrate export ban.

This is the situation in which Acacia is prevented from exporting about half of the production from Bulyanhulu, as well as Buzwagi, a mine nearing the end of its economic life. The other half of the mines’ production is in gold doré. According to the Tanzanian authorities, Acacia is under-reporting the value of the concentrate and therefore not paying the requisite levies and taxes – an allegation Acacia rejects.

Instructive of Acacia’s mindset is the fact that its CEO, Brad Gordon, already has a firm understanding of Bulyanhulu’s closure costs – a once-off $30m and then $2m to $3m in monthly care and maintenance costs thereafter – and has indicated the group can only sustain itself for so long.



“If we get to a point following the release of the second report that there is an impasse in dialogue with the government, then we will put it [Bulyanhulu] on care and maintenance,” he said last week during an investor update. The second presidential committee report, which will set down the economic and legal aspects of the dispute, is due in a week or two.

The first presidential committees did little to aid the case for the state. In claiming Acacia had under-reported the value of concentrate by 10 times, it was implying each mine produced 1.5 million ounces a year of gold compared to last year’s combined production of 451,262 oz. Acacia also produces doré from North Mara in Tanzania.

So what’s the provenance of the concentrate export ban?

Tax issues have been a source of contention between Acacia and the Tanzanian authorities for a number of years. Last year, the Tanzanian Revenue Authority won a Court of Appeal decision relating to a dispute over tax calculations related to Bulyanhulu between 2000 and 2006. Acacia subsequently increased its tax provisions by $70m.

Having history of this ilk with a host government often sketches a picture for the future. Trust is fragile; bad blood is rarely forgotten.

Randgold Resources faced a similar situation in October 2016 when the Mali government shut down its corporate offices in the country because there was an alleged $80m in unpaid taxes – an allegation Randgold also refuted.

The International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes had recently awarded $29.2m plus costs to Randgold’s Loulo for taxes found by the tribunal to have been wrongfully collected by the Malian government.

In the end, Randgold CEO, Mark Bristow, agreed to a dispute mechanism and advanced $25m with the proviso that if the Mali government claims were unfounded, the monies would be returned. Bristow described the situation as “an enthusiastic attempt to get all the VAT returns back.”

First Quantum Minerals is also fighting “vexatious and untrue” claims by Zambia’s state-owned copper company ZCCM Investments Holdings (ZCCM-IH) that its local subsidiary, Kansanshi Mining had been involved in fraudulent activity with the parent company. Zambia’s president, Edgar Lungu, has since asked ZCCM-IH to drop a case where it was due to be heard in the Lusaka High Court.

The Canadian firm has, through the years, frequently encountered a “vexatious” relationship with the Zambians dating back to its earliest days in the early 2000s when the authorities cavilled over agreed standstill clauses on tax agreements.

For Acacia, it’s likely it will be forced into a period of arbitration once the real bargaining position of the Tanzanian government is made known to it. It could be a tax settlement or even some commitment to beneficiation, especially as the Tanzanians have previously investigated, without success, the possibility of building downstream processes.

“We agree with a 2011 report that was compiled by Tanzanian authorities that given the technology of that time, smelting was not viable,” said Gordon last week. “That report implied it would need 150 to 200 tonnes of concentrate compared to the 50 to 60 tonnes per year we are currently producing,” he said.

This tonnage is destined to fall further when Buzwagi closes which would see concentrate production fall to about 25,000 tonnes annually, said Gordon, who added the company would investigate any new smelter technology that could viably treat concentrate at lower levels of production, if it were available.
 

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the company would investigate any new smelter technology that could viably treat concentrate at lower levels of production, if it were available
Mr. Gordon ni laghai na anaufahamu ukweli na asifikiri dunia ni kuuuubwa sana upande wetu kiasi hatuwezi kujua kinachoendelea duniani.
Smelters zipo za kila size kuweza kuchenjua kiwango chochote cha mchanga wa dhahabu, hiyo ya tani 150 hadi 200 ni uhuni wa kuhalalisha wizi uliostukiwa
 
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Pascal Mayalla

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IT can’t be in the interests of the Tanzanian government to see Acacia Mining close its Bulyanhulu mine, but that’s exactly the consequence of the current impasse behind the gold firm’s concentrate export ban.

“We agree with a 2011 report that was compiled by Tanzanian authorities that given the technology of that time, smelting was not viable,” said Gordon last week. “That report implied it would need 150 to 200 tonnes of concentrate compared to the 50 to 60 tonnes per year we are currently producing,” he said.

This tonnage is destined to fall further when Buzwagi closes which would see concentrate production fall to about 25,000 tonnes annually, said Gordon, who added the company would investigate any new smelter technology that could viably treat concentrate at lower levels of production, if it were available.
Mkuu RB asante kwa hii kitu, ingawa nondo kama hizi humu zitapata wachangiaji wachache kutokana na lingual!.

Mimi ningekuwa mshauri wa Acacia kwenye mambo ya publicity, ningewashauri watulie, wanyamaze kimya wasubirie ripoti ya pili.

Hizi preemptive moves za ripoti inatoka in a weeks time or two weeks time hazisaidii. Kamati ni ya Magufuli haikupewa time frame. Inawezekana kabisa wakashauri serikali kuchukua sampling ya kilichopo, kwenda kuchenjua physically na kitakachopatikana ndicho kilichokuwa kikipatikana, tupigiane hesabu retrospectively walichotuibia miaka yote wakubali kutulipa ndio, waendelee kwa hivyo viwango vipya wakati tukijiandaa kuifumua mikataba, mrahaba uwe angalau 25%.

Hii kauli yao ya kukubaliana na ripoti ile ya 2011 waliyohonga, bora wanyamaze!.

Wataalamu Hawa Wachunguzwe!,Jee Kuna Posibility Walihongwa Kutoa Ripoti Kuwa "Tanzania Hatuwezi?!".

Swali langu ni nani amewaambia Acacia Ripoti ya Pili itakuwa out in a week time or two weeks time?.
A Compromised Possibility: Iweje Ripoti ya Kamati ya 2 iibukie Acacia-London kabla ya kwa Magufuli?

Kuzuia Mchanga wa Dhahabu, Magufuli Anastahili Pongezi. Tusiishie Kwenye Madini Tuu na Gesi Jee?!.

Paskali
 
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Mkuu RB asante kwa hii kitu, ingawa nondo kama hizi humu zitapata wachangiaji wachache kutokana na lingual!.

Mimi ningekuwa mshauri wa Acacia kwenye mambo ya publicity, ningewashauri watulie, wanyamaze kimya wasubirie ripoti ya pili.


Nafikiri kwao ni muhimu sana kuwapa day to day updates shareholder wao na wadau tofauti tofauti for the sake of transparency in business. Mambo ya international business + big investments yapo tofauti na tunavyofikiri...

Mgodi wa Buzwagi tayari siku nyingi ulikuwa kwenye plan ya kufungwa miaka 2 nyuma, hata lile shimo tayari limeshabana na production kwa kiasi fulani imekuwa ngumu, kuna kipindi walijaribu kutaka kufanya extension wakaona hasara maana hawakuwa na uhakika wa kupata ore ya kutosha kuendesha operation wakati wa extension, Tunavyoongea hapa kwa sasa wafanyakazi wa ACACIA Buzwagi wameshaanza kuvolunteer kuacha kazi kabla ya retrechment ya mwezi wa saba, Contractor wote wakubwa wanaofanya drilling, haulage na maintenance wanatakiwa wapunguze watu by december na baadhi ya mitambo itapaki na michache itafanya kazi ya kulisha crusher kutoka kwenye stockpile na 2020 is totally closure of the mining
Bulynhulu kulingana na plan ya mwanzo is under 10 years life span kwa tunavyoongea sasa, kulingana na hali inavyoendelea na gharama za uendeshaji lazima watafunga mgodi chini ya huo muda..

What is the plan with the ongoing projects which will still exists over 10yrs? Tuna migodi ya GEITA,NORTH MARA,SHANTA, and MWADUI, GEITA GOLD ni mgodi mkubwa kuliko yote TANZANIA ukiwa una zaidi ya 2 open cut + undergrounds with bunch of big equipments and operation than any mine in tanzania, North Mara ndio mgodi wa pili unaofuatia kwa ukubwa ukiwa pia na 2 open pit + underground, hiyo migodi yote haizalishi copper concetrate na tunachukua mrahaba wa 4%.

We will loose and they will loose but who benefits? actually its them cause they done it over 10yrs.
Tufanyeje kama taifa tusipate hasara? - Ubishi na ujeuri sio wakati wake maana hatuushi kwenye kijiji sisi wenyewe bali tunaishi duniani na mataifa mengine, pia dhahabu haipatikani tanzania pekee ila hupatikana sehemu nyingi duniani, Bila wizi mambo kimataifa hayawezi kwenda, unatakiwa utumie akili usiibiwe kingi na uliwe kidogo, hao wanaoiba hawaibi kwa kutumia nguvu wanaiba kihalali kwa kutumia akili nyingi ili mambo yakigeuka wawe salama.

Makanikia huzalishwa na Migodi miwili ambayo ni Bulyanhulu na Buzwagi, lakini tunamigodi mingine mikubwa mitatu ya dhahabu na mmoja wa almasi pia tuna migodi ya size kati mingi sana ya dhahabu na almasi. Kupitia migodi hii yote bado Tanzania mrahaba wetu ni 4%, Kwa nini kuanzia sasa kama Rais wetu ni mzalendo asiweke policy ya nchi ya madini ambayo itakuwa sehemu ya sheria na katiba inayosema kiasi cha mrahaba tutakaopata kwenye pure gold inayopatikana na pia policy ieleze chakufanya kwenye makanikia, Pia kwa migodi ambayo mikataba iko bado valid kwanini majadiliano yasifanyike na tukatafuta namna pia ya kuibana hii migodi na watanzania wakafaidika?
 

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