Volt Resources’ small A$1m convertible loan issue will be used for general working capital purposes. Obviously, of greater importance is the ultimate result of current proposed changes to the Tanzanian mining code. From our view of current events, this appears to relate to the issue of old highly favourable tax arrangements with gold miners. As such renegotiation of these existing agreements will not affect Volt, which does not have one as it is a pre-development mining company. Overall, the changes seem to be focused on precious metal and gemstone mining, and graphite (an industrial mineral) has its royalty level of 3% unchanged.

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