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PAN AFRICAN RESOURCES PLC - Operational Update for the year ended 30 June 2019

Release Date: 12/07/2019 08:11
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Operational Update for the year ended 30 June 2019

Pan African Resources PLC
("Pan African" or “the Company" or “the Group”)
(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 is pleased to provide an operational update for the year ended 30 June 2019 (“current reporting

Pan African CEO Cobus Loots commented:

“Pan African has emerged at year-end as a safe, low-cost and long-life gold producer, following the
successful execution of our strategy. We exceeded the full year production guidance of 170,000 ounces,
resulting in the Group’s gold production increasing by 7.5% to 172,442oz - or 54.1% on continuing operations
relative to the corresponding reporting period.

This has been delivered through the cessation of the high cost underground mining at Evander Mines, the
successful commissioning of the Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant, and Barberton Mines achieving a
significant increase in production. Critically, Barberton Mines achieved a historical milestone of 2 million
fatality free shifts during June 2019 and we commend the team for this safety achievement.

We continue to assess the optionality of our portfolio and are looking to build upon this year’s momentum to
drive further growth. Evander’s 8 Shaft Pillar mining is expected to contribute an additional 20,000oz to
30,000oz per annum for the next three years. The Group is currently reviewing the merits of expediting the
Egoli project and is assessing funding options. Progress is also being made with the underground mining
project feasibility study at Royal Sheba and we look forward to communicating the results to shareholders
in the near future.

We are also very mindful of the positive socio-economic impact that the mining industry has on communities
and are proud of the way we manage our stakeholder relations. That said, we continue to experience certain
challenges amongst specific stakeholder groups, which have impacted Barberton Mines, and are working in
conjunction with law enforcement and other stakeholders to remedy the situation.

As previously announced, the 2020 financial year production guidance will be approximately 185,000oz,
representing an important increase in our year-on-year gold production profile.”


Key highlights for the current reporting period relative to the corresponding 12 months ended 30 June 2018
(“corresponding reporting period”):

-    Gold production from the Group’s continuing mining operations increased by 54.1% to 172,442oz (2018:
     111,879oz) (Note 1).
-    Gold production from the Group’s continuing and discontinued operations increased by 7.5% to
     172,442oz (2018: 160,444oz).
-    Barberton Mines:
           o Production from the Barberton complex increased by 9.6% to 99,363oz (2018: 90,629oz);
           o Underground and surface mining increased by 3.1% to 75,356oz (2018: 73,125oz); and
           o Barberton tailings retreatment plant (“BTRP”) production increased by 37.2% to 24,007oz (2018:
             17,504oz) due to an improved tonnage throughput and recoveries following the successful
             commissioning of the BTRP regrind mill in May 2018.
-    Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant (“Elikhulu”):
           o Processed 10.85-million tonnes from September 2018 to June 2019;
           o Achieved a recovered grade of 0.133g/t; and
           o Gold produced of 46,201oz (1,437kg), which excludes pre-production gold of 736oz (22.9kg)
            capitalised as pre-production income and gold inventory locked-up in the Elikhulu circuit. The
            production figures include the 200,000 tonnes per month throughput from the Evander tailings
            retreatment plant (“ETRP”), which was incorporated into Elikhulu with effect from January 2019,
            which increased Elikhulu’s processing capacity to 1.2-million tonnes per month.
-    Evander Mines:
          o Remnant mining and surface sources contributed a further 26,878oz (2018: 21,250oz).
     Note 1: The continuing mining operations include: Barberton Mines, Evander Mines’ Elikhulu and ETRP as well as the mining
     and vamping of the remnant high-grade stopes as part of the phased closure of the Evander Mines’ underground mining
     operation. The continuing mining operations exclude the discontinued Evander Mines’ large-scale underground mining operation,
     which produced 48,656oz in the corresponding reporting period.


The Group’s focus on safety and related ongoing improvements continues to bear fruit, with material
improvements in all categories of safety statistics during the current reporting period:
       o The Group had no fatalities in the current or prior financial year;
       o The Group’s lost-time injury frequency rate per million man hours improved substantially to 2.12
          (2018: 3.73);
       o The reportable injury frequency rate per million man hours improved substantially to 0.51 (2018:
          1.08); and
       o Barberton Mines achieved 2-million fatality free shifts during June 2019.


The restructured RCF facility referred to in the operational update announced on 17 May 2019, became
effective on 3 June 2019. The Group’s senior debt will amortise in terms of the following repayment profile:

                                         RCF available
    Amortisation profile                 balance                        Repayments
                                         (R million)                    (R million)
    Up to 15 June 2020                                        1,000                           250
    15 June 2020                                                750                            25
    15 December 2020                                            725                            25
    15 June 2021                                                700                            50
    15 September 2021                                           650                            50
    15 December 2021                                            600                            50
    15 March 2022                                               550                            50
    15 June 2022                                                500                           500

The repayment profile of the Elikhulu project’s term debt facility, comprising quarterly, equal principal
instalments of R50 million, commencing in September 2019, is unaffected by the restructuring of the RCF.

In light of the strong prevailing rand gold price and the opportunity it presents to lock in an attractive cash
margin and reduce interest costs, the Group entered into a gold loan for 20,000oz with Rand Merchant Bank
(“RMB”) a division of First Rand Bank Limited, in July 2019. In exchange for an upfront cash receipt of R394
million, the Group will deliver 12 monthly instalments of 1666.67oz to RMB, commencing on 31 July 2019,
in settlement of the gold loan.

The gold loan effectively locks in a gold price of approximately R633,000/kg or US$1,414/oz on 622kg of
gold, representing approximately 11% of the Group’s guided gold production for the 2020 financial year. The
proceeds of this gold loan will be used to reduce the balance of the RCF debt, resulting in a material interest
saving for the Group over the next 12 months.

Barberton Mines has recently experienced a number of lost production days due to its roadways being
blocked and the destruction of mine property by protestors demanding employment and commercial
concessions from the mine.

These protests are unrelated to normal industrial action and are initiated and supported by politicians and
criminals who believe that extortion by means of violence is a legitimate social objective. The mine has been
supported by the South African Police’s Public Order Policing Division to control these protests, protect Pan
African’s employees and preserve its assets.

Whilst Pan African is cognisant of the levels of unemployment in South Africa and the resultant social impact
flowing therefrom, these actions will only exacerbate the country’s economic problems and further
disincentivises investment in the mining sector.

Pan African will take the appropriate action to protect its employees and assets in the interest of all its
stakeholders, supported by the South African law enforcement authorities. Interdicts have been served and
further criminal and civil actions will follow against certain individuals and organisations. The Company will
keep its stakeholders informed of developments.

The financial and other information contained in this announcement has neither been reviewed nor audited
by the Company’s external auditors.

For further information    on         Pan    African,    please    visit   the   Company’s      website     at

12 July 2019

Contact information
Corporate Office                                   Registered Office
The Firs Office Building                           Suite 31
2nd Floor, Office 204                              Second Floor
Cnr. Cradock and Biermann Avenues                  107 Cheapside
Rosebank, Johannesburg                             London
South Africa                                       EC2V 6DN
Office: + 27 (0) 11 243 2900                       United Kingdom
                                                   Office: + 44 (0) 207 796 8644
Cobus Loots                                        Deon Louw
Pan African Resources PLC                          Pan African Resources PLC
Chief Executive Officer                            Financial Director
Office: + 27 (0) 11 243 2900                       Office: + 27 (0) 11 243 2900
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