Akakpo Ltd obtained a license free of charge from the government to dig and operate a gold mine. Akakpo Ltd spent TZS 6 million diggings and preparing the mine for operation and erecting buildings on site. The mine commenced operations on 1 September 2014. The license requires that at the end of the mine’s useful life of 20 years, the site must be reclaimed, all buildings and equipment must be removed and the site landscaped. On 31 August 2015, Akakpo Ltd estimated that the cost in 19 years’ time of the removal and landscaping will be TZS 5 million and its present value is TZS 3 million.
On 31 October 2015, there was a massive earthquake in the area and Akakpo Ltd’s mine shaft was badly damaged. It is estimated that mine will be closed for at least six months and will cost TZS 1 million to repair.
i) Demonstrate how Akakpo Ltd should record the cost of the site reclamation as at 31 August 2015 in accordance with IAS 37 Provisions, Contingent Liabilities, and Contingent Assets.
(ii) Explain how Akakpo Ltd should treat the effects of the earthquake in its financial statements for the year ended 31 August 2015 in accordance with IAS 10 Events after the Reporting Period.