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Anooraq announces results for the period ended March 31, 2010

12 May 2010

Bokoni completes labour restructuring and lays the foundation for future production growth

May 12, 2010. Anooraq Resources Corporation ("Anooraq" or the "Company") (TSXV: ARQ; NYSE Amex: ANO; JSE: ARQ) announces its production and financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2010. This release should be read with the Company's Financial Statements and Management Discussion & Analysis, available at and filed on

Highlights for the quarter:

  • Completion of labour restructuring
  • Foundation laid for production growth from April 2010
  • Absolute operating costs continue to decrease
  • Cash operating margin increases by 33%
  • 1.5 million fatality free shifts achieved

The first quarter of the 2010 financial year was primarily focused on the completion of a significant labour restructuring at Bokoni Platinum Mines ("Bokoni"). The restructuring programme was successfully concluded by March 31, 2010, some three months after labour restructuring agreements were reached with the Bokoni trade unions in December 2009.

Philip Kotze, President and Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") of Anooraq, commented:

"Implementation of the labour restructuring was a cornerstone for our turnaround strategy at Bokoni, which we identified when assuming operational control at Bokoni. Now that the labour restructuring is behind us we can start to focus on production volume growth, while at the same time maintaining our track record on absolute cost reductions, thereby improving margins moving forward."

"I am very pleased with the efficiency and speed with which the restructuring was implemented. Some 840 people, representing a quarter of our own employee workforce, were affected through the restructuring process. Despite certain disruptions at the operations and lost shifts arising from the restructuring, the platform has now been laid to grow the Bokoni production base and our second quarter results should begin to demonstrate improved production volumes at the operations."

Review of operational and financial performance

The results for the quarter ended March 31, 2010 reflect the performance at Bokoni for the third operational quarter under Anooraq management.


The increase in the Bokoni lost time injury frequency rate ("LTIFR") from 1.04 to 1.2 (per 200,000 hours worked) quarter-on-quarter remains a focus area for the management team and a number of on-mine initiatives are being implemented to improve safety performance. The Company is pleased to report that Bokoni achieved 1.5 million fatality free shifts during the quarter.

Labour restructuring

A significant labour restructuring at Bokoni commenced in January 2010 and was completed by March 31, 2010. The labour restructuring included:

  • 840 persons moved between positions;
  • 374 persons moved from services into production;
  • 153 retrenchments;
  • 103 dismissals resulting from unprotected industrial action; and
  • 6 production shifts lost as a result of labour unrest.

With the labour restructuring complete, Bokoni will now start increasing the number of stoping teams on site and it is anticipated that by year-end stoping teams will have increased by 40%, from 70 teams currently to 98 teams in total.


Tonnes milled decreased 8% during the quarter to 229,344, whilst metal output decreased 13% to 26,677 4E Platinum Group Metals ("PGM (4E)") ounces. Although the delivered grade remained constant at 4.39g/t PGM (4E), the built up head grade dropped to 4.05 g/t PGM (4E), mainly as a result of a number of unplanned concentrator plant stoppages and issues associated with irregular concentrate dispatch during the quarter. The issues associated with unplanned plant stoppages have now been rectified.

Metal producedQ4 2009 productionQ1 2010 productionVariance
Platinum (oz)16,13214,270(12%)
Palladium (oz)11,4989,867(14%)
Rhodium (oz)1,8161,622(11%)
Gold (oz)1,065917(14%)
Nickel (t)241189(22%)
Copper (t)143115(20%)


Total development metres remained constant at 3,140 metres for the quarter. Development remains a key focus area at the operations as production volume is scaled up from April 2010 and onward. Immediately available ore reserves increased to 15 months during the quarter.


Although unit costs deteriorated as a result of lower production volumes to ZAR987/ton (C$137/ton) and ZAR8,516/PGM oz (C$1,180/PGM oz), absolute costs continued to decrease by 9% quarter-on-quarter from C$32,702 to C$29,606.

The unit cost trend should improve during the second quarter of 2010, as production volumes increase. The Company remains committed to achieving its first cost reduction target of ZAR905/ton (C$125/ton) and ZAR6,700/PGM oz (C$928/PGM oz) by June 2010.


Revenue for the quarter decreased by 8% from C$34.823 million for the quarter to December 2009, to C$32.206 million as a result of reduced production volumes.

Metal prices continued to improve through the quarter with the average gross PGM (4E) basket price at Bokoni rising 14% to US$1,200/oz and ZAR9,019/oz, respectively. The average exchange rate achieved for the period was ZAR7.52:US$1.00 (Q4: ZAR7.49:US$1.00), representing a 1% weakening quarter-on-quarter.


As a result of continuing absolute cost reductions and improving metal prices, operating margins improved at Bokoni. Cash operating margins increased by 33% and Bokoni produced an operating profit of C$2.6 million for the quarter, representing a 23% improvement quarter-on-quarter.

The Company's basic and diluted loss per share narrowed to C$0.02 cents per share for the quarter (Q4 2009: C$ 0.03 cents per share).

Capital expenditure

Capital expenditure for the quarter was ZAR43.2 million (C$6.0 million), in line with the Company's guidance on capital expenditure through to 2012.

As a consequence of improved profitability margins and containing capital spend at the operations, the Company's drawdown on the Anglo Platinum operating cashflow shortfall facility ("OCSF") was reduced by 73% when compared with the previous quarter. Anooraq has managed to achieve reduced drawdowns on its OCSF facility for a third consecutive quarter as follows:-

QuarterDrawdown for quarter (ZAR m)Total drawdown (ZAR m)
Q3 2009114114
Q4 200980194
Q1 200928222

Cash and facilities

The Company held cash-on-hand at the end of the period of C$28 million (ZAR202 million) and has access to medium-term debt facilities of approximately C$73 million (ZAR527 million) in order to finance its share of the three-year high growth plan at Bokoni.

The results for the three months ended March 31, 2010 statement, can be accessed below:

Results presentation: conference call details

Philip Kotze, President & CEO of Anooraq Resources, will host a conference call to discuss the Company's operational and financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2010 at 10:00 Eastern Standard Time ("EST") (16:00 Central African Time ("CAT")) on Wednesday, May 12, 2010. The dial-in details for the conference call are listed below. . A playback will be available for three days after the call on the Company's website at The presentation to be used during the call will be available for downloading at 09:00 EST (15:00 (CAT)) on Wednesday, May 12, 2010.

Conference call

Johannesburg, South Africa16:00 (local time)Toll011 535 3600
  Toll-free0800 200 648
London, United Kingdom15:00 (local time)Toll-free0800 917 7042
New York, United States10:00 (local time)Toll1 412 858 4600
  Toll-free1 800 860 2442
Toronto, Canada10:00 (local time)Toll-free1866 605 3852

Playback facility

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United KingdomCode 2159#Toll-free0808 234 6771
United States & CanadaCode 2159#Toll+1 412 317 0088

For further information, please contact:

For and on behalf of the Board
Philip Kotze, President and Chief Executive Officer
De Wet Schutte: Chief Financial Officer

For further information on Anooraq and its South African properties, please visit our website or call investor services in South Africa at +27 11 883 0831 or in North America at 1 800 667 2114.

Anooraq Resources Corporation

Philip Kotze
President and Chief Executive Officer
Office: +27 11 779 6800
Mobile: +27 83 453 0544

Joel Kesler
Executive: Corporate and Business Development
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Russell and Associates

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Macquarie First South Advisors

Melanie de Nysschen
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Cautionary and Forward Looking Information

This document contains "forward-looking statements" that were based on Anooraq's expectations, estimates and projections as of the dates as of which those statements were made. Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "outlook", "anticipate", "project", "target", "believe", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "should" and similar expressions.

Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company's actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These include but are not limited to:

  • uncertainties and costs related to the Company's exploration and development activities, such as those associated with determining whether mineral resources or reserves exist on a property;
  • uncertainties related to feasibility studies that provide estimates of expected or anticipated costs, expenditures and economic returns from a mining project; uncertainties related to expected production rates, timing of production and the cash and total costs of production and milling;
  • uncertainties related to the ability to obtain necessary licenses, permits, electricity, surface rights and title for development projects;
  • operating and technical difficulties in connection with mining development activities;
  • uncertainties related to the accuracy of our mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates and our estimates of future production and future cash and total costs of production, and the geotechnical or hydrogeological nature of ore deposits, and diminishing quantities or grades of mineral reserves;
  • uncertainties related to unexpected judicial or regulatory proceedings;
  • changes in, and the effects of, the laws, regulations and government policies affecting our mining operations, particularly laws, regulations and policies relating to
    • mine expansions, environmental protection and associated compliance costs arising from exploration, mine development, mine operations and mine closures;
    • expected effective future tax rates in jurisdictions in which our operations are located;
    • the protection of the health and safety of mine workers; and
    • mineral rights ownership in countries where our mineral deposits are located, including the effect of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (South Africa);
  • changes in general economic conditions, the financial markets and in the demand and market price for gold, copper and other minerals and commodities, such as diesel fuel, coal, petroleum coke, steel, concrete, electricity and other forms of energy, mining equipment, and fluctuations in exchange rates, particularly with respect to the value of the U.S. dollar, Canadian dollar and South African rand;
  • unusual or unexpected formation, cave-ins, flooding, pressures, and precious metals losses (and the risk of inadequate insurance or inability to obtain insurance to cover these risks);
  • changes in accounting policies and methods we use to report our financial condition, including uncertainties associated with critical accounting assumptions and estimates;
  • environmental issues and liabilities associated with mining including processing and stock piling ore;
  • geopolitical uncertainty and political and economic instability in countries which we operate; and
  • labour strikes, work stoppages, or other interruptions to, or difficulties in, the employment of labour in markets in which we operate mines, or environmental hazards, industrial accidents or other events or occurrences, including third party interference that interrupt the production of minerals in our mines.

For further information on Anooraq, investors should review the Company's annual Form 20-F filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and home jurisdiction filings that are available at