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Tuesday 24 February, 2009

Pan African Resources PLC

Statement re Incident at Barberton Mines


                           Pan African Resources PLC                           

                       (`Pan African' or the `Company')                        

(Incorporated and registered in England and Wales under Companies Act 1985 with
                registered number 3937466 on 25 February 2000)                 

                            Share code on AIM: PAF                             

                            Share code on JSE: PAN                             

                              ISIN: GB0004300496                               

                          Incident at Barberton Mines                          

Pan African confirmed today that trespassers conducting illegal mining activity
set a fire on the Consort mine at Barberton on Saturday, 21 February 2009.

The bodies of five of these men have been found underground.

Management have sealed off the area and all necessary safety precautions have
been taken; no mine employees have been harmed. The police and the Inspector of
Mines have been informed of the incident.

Mining resumed on schedule, Monday 23 February 2009, and management expects an
insignificant impact on production.

                                     ENDS                                      

For further information on Pan African Resources plc, please visit the website
at www.panafricanresources.com

Enquiries:

Pan African Resources

Jan Nelson, CEO

+27 (0) 11 243 2900

Keith Spencer, Chairman

+27 (0) 11 880 3155

Nicole Spruijt, Public Relations

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RBC Capital Markets

Martin Eales

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Annerie Britz

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