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Billionaire Motsepe upbeat about gold

Jun 05 2015 14:13
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Company Data

AFRICAN RAINBOW MINERALS LIMITED [JSE:ARI]

Last traded 143
Change -3
% Change -2
Cumulative volume 52082
Market cap 0

Last Updated: 01/01/0001 at 12:00. Prices are delayed by 15 minutes. Source: McGregor BFA

HARMONY GOLD MINING COMPANY LIMITED [JSE:HAR]

Last traded 44
Change 0
% Change 0
Cumulative volume 1004652
Market cap 0

Last Updated: 01/01/0001 at 12:00. Prices are delayed by 15 minutes. Source: McGregor BFA

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Johannesburg - African Rainbow Minerals [JSE:ARI], owned by billionaire Patrice Motsepe, will keep its stake in Harmony Gold Mining [JSE:HAR]even as South Africa’s third-biggest miner of the metal trades at 17-year lows.

“I am very confident about the future of gold,” Motsepe said in an interview in Cape Town Thursday. “We will continue looking after our interests in Harmony and I have no doubt in the medium- to long-term, I think gold will do well.”

Harmony, 14.6% held by African Rainbow according to data compiled by Bloomberg, lost 83% of its market value to about R7.2bn ($580m) in the past four years. It’s cutting jobs and spending to battle rising costs amid a 24% decline in gold prices over the same period.

African Rainbow is down 19% this year after a plunge in prices of iron ore, the biggest contributor to sales.

The company, which also mines platinum, won’t seek a stake in the South African assets that Anglo American wants to sell, Motsepe said at the World Economic Forum on Africa.

“We don’t see any good opportunities in the assets,” said the African Rainbow executive chairperson, who has a net worth of $1.8bn, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index.

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