Platinum Group Metals Announces 52 New Platinum Intercepts at Waterberg

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA and JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwired - Jul 25, 2013) - Platinum Group Metals Ltd. (PTM.TO)(NYSE MKT:PLG) ("Platinum Group" or the "Company") announces a total of 52 successful new platinum, palladium and gold intercepts at the Waterberg Joint Venture as follows:

FH Layer - 23 holes averaging 5.56m of 3.80 g/t 2PGE+Au (Pt 32%, Pd 64%, Au 4%)
FP Layer - 29 holes averaging 4.73m of 3.92 g/t 2PGE+Au (Pt 30%, Pd 66%, Au 4%)

See the table below for the details of the 52 intercepts assayed and reported for this release. This data will be included in a resource update planned for release in August.

R. Michael Jones, P.Eng., CEO of Platinum Group Metals, said, "The Waterberg deposit has been significantly expanded with this new drilling beyond the previous resource estimate of 10 million ounces. The thickness and continuity of the F and T layers combined with the consistent setting, structural contours and metal ratios all confirm a new important platinum deposit at Waterberg."

Planned drilling and deposit definition work on the Joint Venture property is nearing completion. All drilling data will be used in a resource estimation update from the independent qualified person team at the international firm of Coffey Mining. A total of 111 holes totaling 129,000 meters of core with approximately 350 mineralized layer intercepts and 85,000 assay results are being compiled for the resource update. The Waterberg deposit on the Joint Venture property covers approximately 5.5 kilometres of strike length. The shallowest edge of the deposit thus far is on the T layer at about 140 meters from surface. (Current Inferred Resource 93Mt 3.39 g/t 2PGE+Au, 1.03 g/t Pt, 2.02 g/t Pd, 0.34 g/t Au, March 18, 2013 Technical Report on www.sedar.com, Ken Lomberg QP).

An engagement to complete the detailed work for a Preliminary Economic Assessment of the Waterberg deposit has been awarded to engineering firm WorleyParsonsTWP, who have extensive mechanized underground mining experience. The planned August resource update will be utilized for this work. The PEA work on the Joint Venture property is on target for completion at the end of 2013.

Platinum Group Metals holds a 49.9% effective interest in the Waterberg Joint Venture with the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) holding 37% and the balance being owned by a private empowerment company in South Africa.

Intercept Assay Details

The attached map shows the location of the holes updated below. To view the attached map please visit: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/888369.pdf. The shallow edge of the F zone is approximately 200 meters from surface below the Waterberg sediments. The shallow edge of the T zone is at 140 meters deep.

From (m) To (m) ZONE Length
(m)
2PGE+Au
(g/t)
Pt (g/t) Pd (g/t) Au (g/t) Pt:Pd:Au Cu (%) Ni (%)
WB056D0 986.50 989.50 FH 3.00 3.59 0.88 2.53 0.18 25:70:5 0.12 0.25
WB057D0 1016.00 1028.00 FH 12.00 0.71 0.22 0.47 0.02 31:66:3 0.02 0.16
WB070D0 781.00 786.00 FH 5.00 3.39 0.98 2.20 0.21 29:65:6 0.13 0.30
WB074D0 411.00 414.50 FH 3.50 2.69 0.88 1.73 0.08 33:64:3 0.01 0.08
WB075D0 448.00 451.00 FH 3.00 2.82 0.87 1.91 0.04 31:68:1 0.01 0.15
WB076D0 320.50 324.00 FH 3.50 1.96 0.63 1.27 0.06 32:65:3 0.01 0.14
WB077D0 569.00 572.00 FH 3.00 3.52 2.04 1.47 0.01 58:42:0
WB078D0 1030.00 1033.00 FH 3.00 5.66 1.80 3.58 0.28 32:63:5 0.09 0.22
WB079D0 539.00 543.00 FH 4.00 5.56 1.65 3.68 0.23 30:66:4 0.07 0.18
WB083D0 864.50 868.00 FH 3.50 0.69 0.54 0.14 0.01 78:20:1
WB085D0 412.00 419.69 FH 7.69 6.30 1.95 4.12 0.23 31:65:4 0.07 0.21
WB086D0 710.00 714.00 FH 4.00 3.51 0.96 2.36 0.19 27:67:6 0.11 0.16
WB087D0 285.00 288.50 FH 3.50 3.10 0.86 2.09 0.15 28:67:5 0.07 0.14
WB088D0 430.00 433.00 FH 3.00 2.11 0.66 1.41 0.04 31:67:2 0.01 0.13
WB089D0 487.00 493.00 FH 6.00 2.30 0.85 1.40 0.05 37:61:2 0.02 0.12
WB090D0 312.00 314.50 FH 2.50 1.93 0.80 1.11 0.02 41:58:1
WB091D0 460.00 481.50 FH 21.50 5.14 1.66 3.26 0.22 32:64:4 0.10 0.24
WB093D0 704.00 707.50 FH 3.50 2.51 0.74 1.67 0.10 29:67:4 0.04 0.20
WB094D0 363.50 368.89 FH 5.39 6.77 2.11 4.38 0.28 31:65:4 0.11 0.30
WB095D0 613.00 618.00 FH 5.00 3.28 0.89 2.32 0.07 27:71:2
WB097D0 1076.21 1078.71 FH 2.50 1.29 0.36 0.86 0.07 28:67:5
WB100D0 521.00 524.00 FH 3.00 2.42 0.84 1.54 0.04 35:65:2
WB103D0 655.85 672.72 FH 16.87 5.46 1.73 3.54 0.19 32:65:3
Average FH mineralized layer 5.56 3.80 1.22 2.44 0.14 32:64:4 0.05 0.15
From (m) To (m) ZONE Length
(m)
2PGE+Au
(g/t)
Pt (g/t) Pd (g/t) Au (g/t) Pt:Pd:Au Cu (%) Ni (%)
WB056D0 1015.00 1020.50 FP 5.50 3.31 0.93 2.23 0.15 28:67:5 0.09 0.16
WB057D0 1041.50 1046.50 FP 5.00 1.35 0.37 0.91 0.07 27:68:5 0.06 0.20
WB068D0 362.00 364.56 FP 2.56 13.18 4.18 8.47 0.53 32:64:4 0.04 0.10
WB069D0 579.50 586.00 FP 6.50 4.28 1.18 2.91 0.19 28:68:4 0.21 0.30
WB070D0 788.50 796.00 FP 7.50 4.17 1.14 2.79 0.24 27:67:6 0.18 0.27
WB074D0 425.50 430.00 FP 4.50 4.85 1.49 3.17 0.19 31:65:4 0.03 0.14
WB075D0 463.00 466.00 FP 3.00 0.83 0.23 0.57 0.03 28:68:4 0.01 0.12
WB076D0 347.50 350.50 FP 3.00 1.88 0.57 1.24 0.07 30:66:4 0.03 0.15
WB077D0 587.50 591.00 FP 3.50 1.06 0.33 0.71 0.02 31:67:2
WB078D0 1038.00 1040.00 FP 2.00 2.73 0.92 1.69 0.12 34:62:4 0.07 0.12
WB079D0 576.00 578.00 FP 2.00 4.54 1.38 2.91 0.25 30:64:6 0.10 0.25
WB083D0 882.00 884.50 FP 2.50 1.39 0.46 0.88 0.05 33:63:4 0.03 0.13
WB085D0 424.00 427.50 FP 3.50 7.73 2.36 5.09 0.28 30:66:4 0.07 0.20
WB086D0 731.00 741.25 FP 10.25 4.13 1.04 2.87 0.22 25:70:5 0.15 0.29
WB087D0 295.00 301.50 FP 6.50 3.70 1.08 2.46 0.16 29:67:4 0.06 0.16
WB088D0 443.00 446.50 FP 3.50 3.10 1.01 2.01 0.08 32:65:3 0.02 0.15
WB089D0 496.00 498.00 FP 2.00 1.05 0.36 0.65 0.04 34:62:4 0.03 0.11
WB090D0 336.00 343.00 FP 7.00 3.42 0.99 2.28 0.15 29:67:4 0.07 0.20
WB091D0 482.56 490.00 FP 7.44 3.81 1.02 2.62 0.17 27:69:4 0.11 0.20
WB093D0 723.00 727.69 FP 4.69 4.73 1.40 3.05 0.28 30:64:6 0.16 0.28
WB094D0 370.00 380.00 FP 10.00 7.39 2.27 4.75 0.37 31:64:5 0.19 0.27
WB095D0 651.00 657.00 FP 6.00 3.60 1.03 2.41 0.16 29:67:4
WB096D0 1006.39 1009.50 FP 3.11 5.92 2.08 3.62 0.22 35:61:4
WB097D0 1106.70 1110.88 FP 4.18 3.89 1.11 2.58 0.20 29:66:5
WB100D0 531.00 533.50 FP 2.50 1.37 0.45 0.85 0.07 33:62:5
WB102D0 287.00 291.00 FP 4.00 3.41 0.97 2.29 0.15 29:67:4
WB103D0 679.07 682.83 FP 3.76 5.02 1.58 3.24 0.20 31:65:4
WB105D0 380.00 382.80 FP 2.80 4.44 1.55 2.87 0.02 35:65:1
WB108D0 333.50 342.00 FP 8.50 1.14 0.56 0.56 0.02 49:49:2 0.02 0.10
Average FP mineralized layer 4.73 3.92 1.17 2.58 0.17 30:66:4 0.08 0.16

Note: Drill Holes 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 71, 72, 73, 81, 84, 92 and 98 were all drilled in order to close off the deposit model and are located to the east of the sub-crop position of the F layers where the mineralization is cut off by the overlying Waterberg sediments. Drill Holes 80 and 101 have intersected the F-zone at depths of 950m and 682m but they do not carry any significant values. Holes104 and 105 have the F layers interrupted by minor later intrusive rocks. The estimated true thickness of the layers is approximately 90% of the intercept thickness. Additional holes and assays from deflections will be added to the final resource updated data base. In addition to the foregoing update on the F zones, Hole WB 059 intersected the T2 Zone from 604.43 to 609.5 meters, 5.07 meters thick, with average assays of 0.96 g/t platinum, 2.79 g/t palladium and 0.54 g/t gold totaling 4.29 g/t 2 PGE plus gold. The T and F zones remain open.

Waterberg Extension Permits

Platinum Group Metals holds an 87% effective interest in accepted prospecting permit applications covering approximately a further 611 square kilometers targeted at the newly found part of the Bushveld Complex at Waterberg. The current Waterberg deposit has been drilled for approximately 5.5 kilometers to the northern boundary of the Waterberg Joint Venture. The Waterberg Extension Permits cover an estimated 25 kilometers of potential Bushveld Complex further to the north. As soon as final government approval of a submitted Environmental Management Plan has been received for the extensions the Company plans to immediately start with an exploration and drilling programme to extend the mineralized F and T layers.

Qualified Person, Quality Control and Assurance

The non-independent qualified person for this Press Release is R. Michael Jones, P.Eng. He has relevant experience in precious metals and PGM evaluations and has verified the data by reviewing the detailed assay and geological information on the Waterberg deposit and visiting the site and core yard many times since 2011 including in July 2013.

Base metals and other major elements were determined by multi acid digestion with ICP finish and PGE's were determined by conventional fire assay and ICP finish. Setpoint Laboratories is an experienced ISO 17025 SANAS accredited laboratory in assaying and have utilized a standard quality control system including the use of standards.

Ken Lomberg is the independent qualified person for the resource estimation on Waterberg Deposit and he has reviewed the references to resources and ongoing work in this press release.

About Platinum Group Metals Ltd.

Platinum Group is building the WBJV Project 1 Platinum Mine in the Western Limb of the Bushveld Complex, South Africa. The Company owns 74% of the WBJV Project 1 Mine and 26% is owned by Africa Wide Prospecting and Exploration (Pty) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Wesizwe Platinum Ltd.

Platinum Group is listed as PLG on the NYSE MKT and PTM on the TSX in Toronto.

On behalf of the Board of Platinum Group Metals Ltd.

R. Michael Jones, President

The Toronto Stock Exchange and the NYSE MKT have not reviewed and do not accept responsibility for the accuracy or adequacy of this news release, which has been prepared by management.

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Contact:
Platinum Group Metals Ltd., Vancouver
R. Michael Jones
President
(604) 899-5450 / Toll Free: (866) 899-5450
Platinum Group Metals Ltd., Vancouver
Kris Begic
VP, Corporate Development
(604) 899-5450 / Toll Free: (866) 899-5450
(604) 484-4710

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