30 June 2010
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
Major zone of gold mineralisation defined at the Royal Sheba prospect and
resource upgrade reported for Barberton Mines
Pan African Resources PLC (JSE: PAN / AIM: PAF), has defined several zones of
mineralisation following a two year drilling and underground development
programme at its wholly owned Barberton Mines (Pty) Ltd (`Barberton Mines') in
Royal Sheba mineralised zone
* Significant ore-body (named Royal Sheba) defined below historical mine
workings at the Royal Sheba prospect within current mine lease area.
* Royal Sheba ore-body represents a total resource of approximately 506koz.
* The ore-body is on average between 5 metres and 25 metres wide at a
non-refractory in situ grade of 2.97g/t which could become mineable from a
depth of 350m below surface.
* Potentially mineable pillars within upper areas between surface and 350
metres below surface have been identified.
* Exploration drilling confirms the open-ended nature of the ore-body to a
depth of 800 metres below surface.
* Feasibility study being undertaken to assess the potential economic
extraction of the ore-body.
Total mine mineral resource upgrade
* Total mineral resource increased by 18% to 2.37Moz (11.77Mt at 6.29g/t in
* Measured and Indicated (`M&I') mineral resource increased by 30% to 1.81Moz
(9.43Mt at 5.99g/t in situ) inclusive of a significant tailings resource
representing 116koz (1.34Mt at 2.69g/t in situ).
* Mineral reserve increased by 6.8% to 661koz (2.31Mt at 8.87g/t in situ).
* At an 85% conversion factor applied to the Measured and Indicated Mineral
resource, Life of Mine (`LOM') increased by 50% to in excess of 15 years
based on a depletion rate of 100koz per annum.
Jan Nelson, Chief Executive Officer of Pan African, commented: "The team's hard
work over the past three years coupled with substantial capital allocated by
the Board has shown that Barberton Mines has a future that is sustainable in
the long term. The team will continue to investigate additional target areas
identified that could have the potential to grow the production profile."
Royal Sheba defined zone of gold mineralisation
The Royal Sheba defined zone of gold mineralisation extends contiguous to
historical mine workings at the Royal Sheba prospect from 350 metres below
surface. The zone is between 5 metres and 25 metres wide, is non-refractory and
represents a total resource of 506koz (5.48Mt at 2.87g/t). The M&I resource
represents 400koz (4.24Mt at 2.97g/t). The zone of mineralisation identified
has been tested with exploration drilling to a depth of 850 metres below
surface and remains open ended. In addition, potentially mineable pillars left
in situ in the area between surface and a depth of 350 metres below surface
have also been identified.
The Company is completing a feasibility study to determine if this defined zone
of mineralisation is economically viable. The focus of this feasibility study
will target wider zones of mineralisation at lower grades through mechanised
mining, which is expected to result in a reduction in working costs resulting
in higher margins.
Total mine resource upgrade
Since the acquisition of Barberton Mines in July 2007, Pan African has
increased the geological expertise at the mine as well as establishing a
formalised Mineral Resources Management system. A Mineral Resources Manager was
appointed in October 2009 to focus on increasing the LOM.
This approach combined with an exploration programme that comprised over 30,000
metres of underground exploration drilling and 3,000 metres of underground
development has led to several new zones of mineralisation being defined.
The Company is pleased to report that as a result, assuming an 85% conversion
factor applied to the M&I resource, the LOM has been extended to in excess of
15 years based on a depletion rate of 100koz per annum. Compared to the
previous period, the LOM has increased by over 50%, which illustrates both the
quality of the geological team as well as the potential of the mineral resource
of the mine.
The total resource has been increased by 18% to 2.37Moz (11.77Mt at 6.29g/t in
situ), and the M&I resource increased by 30% to 1.81Moz (9.43Mt at 5.99g/t).
This resource also, for the first time, includes a tailings resource on surface
representing 116koz (1.34Mt at 2.69g/t). Management is evaluating the potential
to economically mine part of this tailings resource.
The mineral reserve increased by 6.8% to 661koz (2.31Mt at 8.87g/t in situ).
The table below sets out the 2010 SAMREC compliant mineral resource and mineral
reserve inventory for Barberton Mines (100% accreditable):
Barberton Mines 2010
Tonnes Grade Gold Gold
(`000 t) g/t Kg (`000 oz)
Mineral resources 11,770 6.29 74,002 2,379
Inferred 2,331 7.50 17,489 562
Indicated 4,159 6.09 25,331 814
Measured 5,280 5.91 31,181 1,003
Tonnes Grade Gold Gold
(`000 t) g/t Kg (`000 oz)
Mineral reserves 2,319 8.87 20,572 661
Probable 900 11.97 10,777 346
Proved 1,418 6.91 9,795 315
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* For the purpose of this announcement:
+ Any single ore body that represents more than 15% of the current
resource of 2.37Moz is deemed to be "significant" or "major"
+ A conversion factor of 85% is based on leaving 15% as mine design
pillars when taking the M&I resource to reserve and further assumes
that, except for stabilisation pillars, all of the M&I resource is
converted to reserve.
* Geologix MRC (Pty) Limited is a South African resources and geological
consultancy - D. Briggs is SACNASP accredited and was responsible for the
Royal Sheba resource estimate. He has consented to the inclusion of the
technical information in this announcement in the form and context in which
* Martin Bevelander, Group Consulting Geologist for Pan African, is SACNASP
accredited and was responsible for validating the geological model and
valuation database. He has consented to the inclusion of the technical
information in this announcement in the form and context in which it
* The resource statement is SAMREC compliant.
* SACNASP - South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions.