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Tawana - Company Press Release

Release Date: 14/08/2006 08:00:01      Code(s): TAW
Tawana - Company Press Release                                                  
Tawana Resources NL                                                             
(Incorporated in Australia)                                                     
(Registration number ACN 085 166 721)                                           
Share code on the JSE Limited: TAW                                              
ISIN: AU000000TAW7                                                              
Share code on the Australian Stock Exchange Limited: TAW                        
ISIN: AU000000TAW7                                                              
("Tawana" or "the Company")                                                     
Blacktop Kimberlite                                                             
Pilbara Region - Western Australia                                              
Update                                                                         
Highlights                                                                      
     Ministerial approval granted for bulk sampling program                     
     Diamonds recovered from small test sample                                  
Dense Media Separation plant being mobilised                               
The Company is pleased to advise that Ministerial approval has been granted for 
the bulk sampling of the Blacktop kimberlite. This approval enables the Company 
to mobilise plant and equipment and to commence bulk sampling.                  
The aim of the bulk sampling program is to determine the grade and diamond      
quality of the kimberlite fissure located some 40km east of Pannawonica in the  
Pilbara Region of Western Australia.                                            
A 418kg check sample of the Blacktop Kimberlite was recently collected at the   
same location as the previously reported De Beers 35.85t sample to review and   
assess the mineral chemistry of the kimberlite. 197kg of minus 2mm kimberlite   
was concentrated and examined at the Company"s Melbourne Laboratory. This       
resulted in the recovery of 19 diamonds weighing 0.054carats. The bottom cut-off
size fraction for treatment and examination was 0.3mm. The plus 2mm fraction was
not examined as mineral chemistry analyses are typically not conducted on the   
coarser fractions. Sample details are listed in Table 1.                        
TABLE 1: Blacktop Kimberlite Sample Details                                     
Sample          Weight     Diamonds       Diamond                               
Fraction        Kg         Recovered      Weight                                
                                          carats                                
+2.0mm          221        Not Examined   Not Examined                          
-2.0mm          197        19             0.054                                 
Total           418                                                             
While the sample size was small, the diamond recoveries are considered an       
encouraging lead up to the bulk sample program and the progressive advancement  
of the Pilbara Project over the coming months.                                  
Tawana has completed a Machinery Lease Agreement with Perth-based NTF Mineral   
Processing for the lease of a 20 tonne per hour dense media separation plant    
(DMS) to process the kimberlite bulk samples. The DMS is currently being        
mobilised to site and is expected to be commissioned by late September.         
The Blacktop Project is a Tawana/De Beers Australia Exploration Limited 50/50   
joint venture.                                                                  
Contact:                                                                        
Wolf Marx                          Basil Tambanis                               
Tel: +61 3 98635222                Tel: +61 3 98635222                          
Mob: 0428 398446                   Mob: 0414 434339                             
wolf.marx@tawana.com.au            basil.tambanis@tawana.com.au                 
This report is based on information compiled by Wolf Marx BSc, BA, FAusIMM,     
CPGeo, Managing Director of Tawana Resources NL. He has sufficient experience   
relevant to the style of mineralisation and types of deposits under             
consideration, and to the activities undertaken, to qualify as a competent      
person as defined in the 2004 addition of the "Australasian Code for the        
Reporting of Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves"                                
All press releases and announcements may be inspected on the Company"s web site,
namely: www.tawana.com.au                                                       
14 August 2006                                                                  
Sponsor                                                                         
PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance (Pty) Ltd                              
Date: 14/08/2006 08:00:03 AM Supplied by www.sharenet.co.za                     
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