CENTRAL RAND GOLD LIMITED - Suspension of TradingRelease Date: 11/05/2017 16:00:00 Code(s): CRD PDF(s):
Suspension of Trading
Central Rand Gold Limited
(Incorporated as a company with limited liability under the laws of Guernsey,
Company Number 45108)
(Incorporated as an external company with limited liability under the laws of South Africa,
Registration number 2007/019223/10)
LSE share code: CRND JSE share code: CRD
(“Central Rand Gold” or the “Company”)
Suspension of Trading
As reported on 10 May 2017, the negotiation of annual wage increases has ended in a dead lock, and
the employees have embarked on industrial action in the form of a strike. The Company reports that
relations are worsening and that management of its subsidiaries have been excluded from the premises,
preventing the Company’s Board of Directors from receiving timely and accurate information about the
Company’s operations, including the Company’s finances and meaning the Company’s operations are
not delivering any cash flow.
Whilst every effort has been made to reach a resolution with the strikers, the Company continues to lose
production days due to the industrial action and will do so for the immediate future until the dispute is
resolved. Even then, it will take time for the operations to resume at usual levels. Whilst the Board of
Directors continue to exercise the utmost prudence in the Company’s cash expenditure this loss of
revenue combined with recent and previously announced operational setbacks has materially negatively
affected the Company’s cash position.
The Company continues to work with Mr Wang to arrange the delivery of the final tranche of the loan
announced on 10 January 2017 and is reviewing other funding options, but cannot guarantee successful
timely agreement in these discussions.
The Company cannot therefore guarantee that it will be able to meet its financial obligations as they fall
due. The Company has operational cash commitments totalling approximately US$1m in the coming
The Company has accordingly requested a suspension in trading in its shares.
The Company hopes to update the market presently.
For further information, please contact:
Central Rand Gold +27 (0) 87 310 4400
ZAI Corporate Finance Ltd - Nominated Adviser & Broker +44 (0) 20 7060 2220
Brandon Hill Capital Limited – Broker +44 (0) 20 3463 5000
Jonathan Evans / Wei Jiao
Merchantec Capital - JSE Sponsor +27 (0) 11 325 6363
Monique Martinez / Marcel Goncalves
11 May 2017
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