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Pan African Resources PLC (PAF)

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Thursday 21 May, 2009

Pan African Resources PLC

Correction: PAF exercises option on Phoenix Pla...


In the original announcement released earlier today an incorrect figure was
included for the quantity of ounces of PGM tailings re-evaluated, which should
have stated 360,000 ounces instead of 600,000 ounces. The full announcement,
including the correction, follows.

21 May 2009

                           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                               

               Pan African exercises option on Phoenix Platinum                

Pan African today announces that it has exercised the option to acquire 100% of
Phoenix Platinum (Pty) Limited ('Phoenix Platinum') from Metorex Limited
(`Metorex') for a cash consideration of ZAR71,250,000 (£5,452,960). The amount
paid for the option in February 2009 of ZAR10,184,600 (£779,456) together with
outstanding liabilities of ZAR1,756,957 (£134,465) has been subtracted from the
purchase price.

The Company exercised its option a month ahead of schedule after detailed
sampling indicated that grades were better than expected from an earlier
pre-feasibility study conducted by the seller, Metorex.

By exercising the option earlier and paying an upfront cash amount of
ZAR44,801,000 (£3,428,744), the Company received a 5% discount on the original
purchase price of ZAR75,000,000 (£5,739,957) as well as credit terms to pay the
balance of ZAR14,507,443 (£1,110,295) on a pro rata basis over 12 months. The
consideration will be settled through the Company's current capital working
cash flows.

The re-evaluation of 600,000 ounces of PGM (`Platinum Group Minerals') tailings
sources indicated 4E* grades ranging from 1.11g/t to 4.18g/t. Initial results
show that a recovery of 55% is possible. Total cash cost anticipated for the
project is less than US$350/oz.

In assessing the financial viability of the project, a basket price of US$1,366
/oz has been used over the life of mine which is estimated to be seven years on
current surface tailings, and 14 years, including current arisings.

Pan African also announces the appointment of Ron Holding as Operations
Manager, who has more than 35 years' experience in all aspects of mining and
mine management. He holds a Mine Manager Certificate of Competency as well as
an NDT National Diploma (Mining Metalliferous) from Wits Technikon. Ron was
instrumental in the development of the first Chrome Tailings Recovery Plant
(CTRP) in the Kroondal area.  Most recently, he has been responsible for
managing the Phoenix platinum project on behalf of Metorex. His appointment
will benefit Pan African's entry into the platinum business. 

"Making this acquisition now and strengthening our team will enable us to bring
the project into production sooner to accelerate our cash flow in line with our
stated aim of focusing on near-term, high-yield, low-cost assets," commented
CEO Jan Nelson. "We anticipate that at full production we'll recuperate the
capital expenditure for this asset within 14 months."

Metorex is a substantial shareholder in Pan African and therefore the
acquisition of Phoenix Platinum constitutes a related party transaction as
defined by the AIM Rules. The directors of Pan African (excluding Robert Still,
Charles Needham and Maritz Smith who are also directors of Metorex), having
consulted with RBC Capital Markets (the Company's Nominated Adviser), consider
that the terms of the transaction are fair and reasonable insofar as all
shareholders of the Company are concerned.


For further information on Pan African Resources and a presentation providing
more detail on the Phoenix acquisition, please visit the website at

* Gold, Platinum, Palladium, Rhodium


Pan African Resources

Jan Nelson, CEO: +27 (0) 11 243 2900

Keith Spencer, Chairman: +27 (0) 11 243 2900

Nicole Spruijt, Public Relations: +27 (0) 11 243 2900

RBC Capital Markets

Martin Eales: +44 (0) 20 7029 7881

Macquarie First South Advisers (Pty) Limited

Thato Morojele: +27 (0) 11 583 2379

Annerie Britz: 27 (0) 11 583 2328

Melanie de Nysschen: 27 (0) 11 583 2316

St James's Corporate Services Limited

Phil Dexter: 44 (0) 20 7499 3916

FDBeachhead Media & Investor Relations

Jennifer Cohen: +27 (0) 11 214 2401

Louise Brugman: 27 (0) 83 504 1186

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