This Statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”) and covers the financial year ending 31st December 2019. It provides an explanation of the steps that Gemfields Group Limited and its subsidiaries (“Gemfields” or “we”) take to combat the potential for modern slavery and human trafficking to take place in its business and supply chains.
Shareholders are advised that, at the Company’s Virtual Annual General Meeting (“VAGM”), held today Wednesday 24 June 2020, with the exception of Special Resolution 1, all of the remaining binding resolutions set out in the Notice of Annual General Meeting and proposed at the VAGM were passed by the requisite majority of shareholders.
As a consequence of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions placed on physical public gatherings, the Annual General Meeting of shareholders of the Company will now be held electronically via a live interactive webcast, or Virtual Annual General Meeting (“VAGM”), as is permitted by the Company’s Articles of Incorporation.
In compliance with paragraph 3.83(b) of the JSE Listings Requirements, shareholders are advised that Gemfields has received formal notification from Rational Expectations (Pty) Ltd (“Rational”) on 10 June 2020, that Rational and related parties acquired a beneficial interest in the ordinary shares of the Company, such that the total beneficial interest in ordinary shares of the Company held by Rational is now 6.22% of the total issued shares of the Company. Following the acquisition, Rational held a total of 72,754,759 ordinary shares in the Company.