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Friday 21 August, 2009

Pan African Resources PLC

Further Share Exchange by PAF re Shanduka/Barbe...

Regulatory Announcement                                                        

                           Pan African Resources plc                           

  (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                               

                       ("Pan African" or "the Company")                        

Announcement regarding the:

  * Share exchange by Pan African for Shanduka Gold (Proprietary) Limited's
    (`Shanduka Gold') 26% shareholding in Barberton Mines (Proprietary) Limited
    (`Barberton Mines');
  * Disposal by Metorex Limited (`Metorex') of its remaining stake in Pan
  * Changes to the Board of Directors of Pan African and Barberton Mines; and
  * Change of Sponsor
 1. Transactions become unconditional
Shareholders of Pan African ("Shareholders") are referred to the following

  * the announcement dated 19 June 2009 regarding the share exchange by Pan
    African for Shanduka Gold's 26% shareholding in Barberton Mines; and
  * the announcement dated 26 June 2009 regarding the disposal by Metorex of
    its remaining stake in Pan African (collectively "the Transactions").
The Directors of the Company, having consulted with RBC Capital Markets,
consider that the share exchange with Shanduka Gold is fair and reasonable
insofar as all Shareholders are concerned and Shareholders are further advised
that all other outstanding conditions precedent to the Transactions have now
been fulfilled or waived, save for admission to trading on AIM and the
Alternative Exchange of the JSE Limited of the 295,751,549 new ordinary shares
issued and allotted to Shanduka Gold in respect of the share exchange for the
stake in Barberton Mines. Admission is anticipated to take place on or about 28
August 2009, following which the Transactions will be unconditional in all

 2. Changes to the board of directors of Pan African
As a result of the Transactions, Shareholders are advised of the following
proposed changes to the Company's board of directors. These are to be confirmed
by the board:

  * Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa, Executive Chairman of Shanduka Group (Proprietary)
    Limited ("Shanduka Group"), will be appointed as non-executive chairman to
    the Pan African board.
  * Accordingly, Mr. Keith Spencer will continue on the Pan African board as
    independent, non-executive deputy chairman.
  * Mr. Rowan Smith from Shanduka Group will be appointed as a non-executive
    director of the Pan African board.
  * Mr. Maritz Smith, previously a representative of Metorex, has resigned with
    immediate effect as the Financial Director. Mr. Cobus Loots will replace
    him as Financial Director and join the board of Pan African after the board
    meeting but will assume all responsibility for the Company's financial
    matters forthwith.
  * John Hopwood, Rob Still and Jan Nelson remain members of the board.
 3. Changes to the board of directors of Barberton Mines
Shareholders are advised of the following changes to the board of directors of
Barberton Mines, effective from today's date:

  * Mr. Keith Spencer has been appointed as independent, non-executive chairman
    of the Barberton Mines board.
  * Ms. Thandeka Ncube from Shanduka Group has been appointed to the Barberton
    Mines board and will head up transformation initiatives.
  * Recently appointed Executive: Mining Operations, Mr. Mario Gericke has been
    appointed to the Barberton Mines board.
  * Mr. Cobus Loots has been appointed to the Barberton Mines board.
  * Mr. Charles Needham, Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa and Mr. Rowan Smith have resigned
    from the Barberton Mines board.
  * Mr. Jan Nelson remains a member of the Barberton Mines board.
 4. Change of sponsor
Shareholders are advised that Barnard Jacobs Mellet Corporate Finance
(Proprietary) Limited has been appointed as the Company's JSE Limited sponsor
with immediate effect.

Jan Nelson, CEO of Pan African commented, "The finalisation of the Shanduka
transaction will be earnings accretive to Pan African, and ensures the company
is fully empowered and well positioned to take advantage of South African
growth opportunities.  In addition, the bolstering of our boards will assist in
steering Pan African in its strategic aim to be a low-cost, high-margin, cash
flow positive gold mining company. I look forward to growing our business with
the new board members."


21 August 2009

Sponsor and Corporate Advisor

Barnard Jacobs Mellet Corporate Finance (Proprietary) Limited

For further information on Pan African Resources plc, please visit the website


Pan African Resources

Jan Nelson, CEO

+27 (0) 11 243 2900

Nicole Spruijt, Public Relations

+27 (0) 11 243 2900

RBC Capital Markets

Martin Eales

+44 (0) 20 7029 7881

Barnard Jacobs Mellet Corporate Finance (Proprietary) Limited

Natalie Di-Sante

+27 (0) 11 750 0207

Sholto Simpson

+27 (0) 11 750 0213

St James's Corporate Services Limited

Phil Dexter

+44 (0) 20 7499 3916

FD Beachhead Media & Investor Relations

Jennifer Cohen

+27 (0) 11 214 2401

Louise Brugman

+27 (0) 11 214 2415

+27 (0) 83 504 1186