[miningmx.com] –MINING entrepreneurs James Allan and Rene
Hochreiter, partners in consultancy AllanHochreiter, are to list their platinum assets
on the JSE through a reverse takeover of the New Corpcapital cash shell.
Allan will be the CEO and Hochreiter the technical director of the company, which will
be renamed Sable Platinum (Sable) and should be listed on the JSE by May or June.
Allan told Miningmx: “This is the big one that I will be concentrating on full-time. I am
in the process of selling the stakes owned in various drilling companies, and I will
take a non-executive back-seat role in any other remaining interests.”
Asked about the viability of setting up a junior platinum explorer, given that the
platinum sector is in such a depressed state, Hochreiter replied: “I agree that
platinum does not look good in the short term, but the medium to long-term outlook
remains extremely positive”.
“We have been working on this for six years, and I believe we have some very good
prospects. If you think platinum juniors have been hammered into the ground then
maybe this is a good time to buy in,” said Allan.
Allan and Hochreiter are members of the “founding shareholders” who own 61% of
Sable. The other members are lawyer David Levithan and businessman Botha
Schabort, who is a former MD of PSG Investment Bank.
Canadian mining investment firm Forbes and Manhattan owns a further 21% in Sable.
Allan said the stake held by the founding shareholders in Sable after the listing would
depend on the level of capital to be raised.
Sable owns five projects – Roan, Klipfontein, Syferfontein, Bank and Abrina – and the
cost of drilling and evaluating them is estimated at R186m.
Allan said Sable has already raised R45m and was in the process of raising another
R40m, while New Corpcapital held R40m in cash. He said the balance would be raised
through either a rights offer or an issue of shares for cash.
The five projects are estimated to contain a total of 178 million attributable ounces
of platinum group metals (PGMs) between them.
Hochreiter said Klipfontein was the project with the highest priority. It contained a
possible resource of 56 million ounces of PGMs and was situated near Brits, just east
of Xstrata’s Eland Platinum.
Klipfontein was a JV with Canadian junior Platinum Group Metals (PTM) in which Sable
held a 51% stake and PTM 23%. The balance is held by black economic
“We think Klipfontein is an excellent prospect and it owns the last bit of outcrop on
the Western Limb of the Bushveld Complex,” said Hochreiter.