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Pan African Resources PLC (PAF)

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Monday 30 January, 2012

Pan African Resources PLC

Statement re acquisition of Evander Gold Mine


Press announcement

Pan African Resources, together with Wits Gold to acquire the operating Evander
Gold Mine from Harmony for R1.7 billion

Pan African Resources plc (`Pan African') and Witwatersrand Consolidated Gold
Resources Limited (`Wits Gold'), collectively the `Consortium' announced today
that they have entered into an agreement with Harmony Gold Mining Company
Limited (`Harmony') to acquire 100% of Harmony's interest in Evander Gold Mines
Limited (`Evander'), in a 50/50 joint venture, for a total Transaction
consideration of ZAR1.7 billion (GBP139 million1).

The Transaction represents an attractive value proposition to the Consortium
and will provide Pan African with an immediate increase in attributable gold
resources and reserves. Undertaking this Transaction as a Consortium has
created the opportunity for Pan African to bid for a better quality asset, at
lower risk and financial exposure to the company.

The Evander operations are located in Mpumalanga, South Africa, and comprise
the operating Evander 8 shaft, and several significant development projects
namely Rolspruit, Poplar, Evander South, Libra (surface tailings resource) and
the Kinross metallurgical processing plant. The total underground resource
represents 32.5Moz (147Mt @ 6.88g/t)2 and a reserve of 7.6Moz (29.5Mt @ 8.02g/
t)2. Evander 8 shaft currently has an expected life of mine of more than ten
years. Evander is expected to produce between 85,000 and 95,000 ounces per
annum. The Transaction adds significantly to Pan African's reserve and resource
base, and provides an annual attributable share of production of approximately
45,000 ounces per annum.

Theboard of directors of Pan African believes that the Transaction further
represents an opportunity for Pan African to materially increase its gold
production profile from 95,000 to approximately 140,000 ounces per annum. In
addition the Transaction provides Pan African with a significant project
pipeline for future growth. The deal is expected to be significantly earnings
per share accretive with minimal shareholder dilution, depending on the
Transaction structure.

The purchase consideration of ZAR1.7 billion (GBP139 million )1, less any
distributions made by Evander to Harmony between 1 April 2012 and the closing
date of the Transaction ("Closing Date") by way of dividends, capital reduction
or share repurchases, will be payable as follows:

  * ZAR1.4 billion (GBP115 million)1 less certain distributions, in cash on the
    Closing Date of the Transaction;
   
  * Four cash payments of ZAR25 million (GBP2million)1 each, payable quarterly
    and commencing three months after the Closing Date, amounting to a total of
    ZAR100 million;
   
  * A further ZAR100 million (GBP8 million)1 payable 19 months after Closing
    Date, provided the average rand gold price exceeds ZAR410,000 per kg* over
    the 12 preceding months. This payment can be made in either cash or shares
    (or a combination of both) at the election of the Consortium and should the
    Consortium elect to make payment wholly or partially in shares, each of Pan
    African and Wits Gold will issue shares to Harmony in equal rand value
    proportions; and
   
  * ZAR100 million (GBP8 million)1 payable 31 months after Closing Date,
    provided the average rand gold price exceeds ZAR450,000 per kg* during the
    preceding 12 months. This payment can be made in either cash or shares (or
    a combination of both) at the election of the Consortium and should the
    Consortium elect to make payment wholly or partially in shares, each of Pan
    African and Wits Gold will issue shares to Harmony in equal value rand
    proportions.
   
* No payment will be due if the average gold price for the period was not
achieved.

The individual Consortium members intend utilising a combination of debt,
equity and operational cash flows to settle the Transaction consideration.

The Consortium will benefit from Pan African's specialist operational skill set
and from Wits Gold's specialist exploration expertise, as well as the mining
experience of both Companies' CEOs. The Consortium partnership will jointly
control and manage the operations through a steering committee with equal
representation from both Companies.

Jan Nelson CEO of Pan African commented: "Evander meets our investment criteria
in all aspects and has the same ability to yield high margins as our Barberton
Mining Operations. The Evander 8 Shaft orebody has gold grades in excess of 14g
/t in the measured and indicated resource category, an extremely experienced
management team and workforce, as well as good infrastructure. Together with
Barberton, Evander will respectively increase our resource by 304% to 22.9Moz
and our reserve by 390% or 4.9Moz. In addition, we will also increase our
production by at least 45,000 ounces per annum. Many of our management team
have been involved with the asset in the past and so we know it well. The smart
solution of a partnership with Wits Gold gives us the necessary momentum to
continue to deliver profitable sustainable stakeholder growth and returns and
represents a first in the junior gold sector in South Africa".

Please refer to the detailed SENS announcements released by each of the
Companies earlier today for further details of the Transaction.

 1. Exchange rates quoted as at close of business 27 January 2012 of GBP1.00:
    ZAR12.20
   
 2. Reserves and Resources quoted from Harmony 2011 Annual Report which is
    SAMREC and JORC compliant.
   
ENDS

About Pan African

Pan African is a South African based precious metals mining group that produces
approximately 100,000 ounces of gold and 12,000 ounces of Platinum Group Metals
per annum, with a focus on low costs and high margin. The company is focused on
increasing productivity through stringent efficiency and safety improvements.
Recently the company announced that headline earnings per share for the six
months ended 31 December 2011 are expected to be between 83 per cent and 93
percent higher than the 0.52 pence per share generated for the six months ended
31 December 2010, due to the current gold price and also as a result of
managements operational improvements and cost control at their gold producing
asset, Barberton. The company has recently commissioned the Phoenix chrome
tailings retreatment plant that extracts Platinum Group metals from chrome
tailings and is planning to build a 1.2Mt per annum gold tailings retreatment
plant at its Barberton Mining Operations.

About Wits Gold

Wits Gold is a gold and uranium company which holds 14 new order Prospecting
Rights over 1,195km2 in the southern Free State, Potchefstroom and Klerksdorp
goldfields of the Witwatersrand Basin. These areas contain SAMREC compliant
total resources of 157Moz Au and 271Mlbs U3O8. The Company is currently focused
on fast-tracking the development of its shallow DBM Project in the southern
Free State goldfield, where a pre-feasibility study is currently in progress.
The acquisition of the share in Evander Gold Mines will result in Wits Gold
becoming South Africa's newest gold producer, and delivers into the Company's
strategy to acquire producing assets with growth potential.

Contacts

Pan African Resources CEO, Jan Nelson 011 243 2900

(SA) Vestor, Media and Investor Relations, Louise Brugman 083 504 1186

(UK) Gable Communications, Justine James 44 207 1937 463