VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sep 17, 2012) - Platinum Group Metals Ltd. (PTM.TO)(NYSE MKT:PLG)(NYSE Amex:PLG) announces that drilling at the Waterberg has significantly expanded the new discovery area of layered mineralization outside of the declared inferred resources of 6.6 million ounces announced September 5, 2012 (See Tonnes and Grade detailed below). The initial resource covers a strike length of 1.8 kilometres on the T layers and 2.8 kilometers on the F layers.
Intercepts have been made on the T1 and T2 layers that expand the area for approximately 1.5 kilometers northeast from the initial resource area and on the FH and FP the layers new intercepts have also expanded this area for approximately 1.5 kilometers. Drilling continues approximately 3 kilometers north east of the resource area for the FH and FP mineral resource. The Bushveld Complex has been intercepted in this 3 km expanded drilling. The significant intercepts are detailed below.
The Waterberg mineralization represents an important new area of the Bushveld Complex of South Africa. Drilling continues with 10 machines. A mineral resource update will be considered in the next one to two months.
Platinum Group, with a 49.9% direct and indirect interest in the Waterberg property, made the discovery in partnership with the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation ("JOGMEC"). JOGMEC holds a direct 37% interest in the Waterberg property. JOGMEC funded the initial US$3.2 million of exploration expenses at Waterberg and Platinum Group is the operator of the project.
The following intercepts are presented as significant results for potential resource expansion. Individual confirmation holes and additional defections that are in progress that do not materially change the current resource area and are inside the resource area, are not presented on a hole by hole basis.
WB 028 extends the F layers 1.5 kilometers. The T layers have been interpreted as being truncated against the Waterberg sediments 500m toward the west of this hole.
WB 027 extends the T layers by 1.5 kilometers and the F layers have been confirmed as intercepted with assays pending.
WB 030 extends the T layers beyond the resource area at depth and drilling to the F layers is in progress.
QAQC and Data Verification
R. Michael Jones, P.Eng is the non-independent QP for the disclosure drill results presented here. He has relevant experience in precious metals production and development and particularly in the WBJV Project 1 Platinum mine where Platinum Group is constructing a new platinum mine in South Africa. He has verified the disclosure here in by visiting the core at Waterberg and checking the intercept calculations completed by qualified geologists employed by Platinum Group Metals RSA Pty Ltd in South Africa.
Quality control and assurance was completed in the normal process for Platinum Group Metals RSA Pty Ltd. Standards, duplicates and blanks were inserted regularly in every assay batch. These assay results were checked and any results outside of two standard deviations were re-assayed. Strict control and documentation on the core from the drill rig to the site and the assay samples to the lab were maintained at all times under a chain of custody sign off system. The platinum group elements were assayed by fire assay using lead collection with ICP finish at Setpoint Laboratories, Johannesburg, a SANAS accredited laboratory.
Inferred mineral resource estimates, under the CIM guidelines, do not have demonstrated economic viability and may never achieve the confidence to be mineral reserve estimates or to be mined. An inferred resource has reasonably assumed continuity based on limited sampling but the geological and grade continuity has not been verified. The property is held under a Prospecting Right with the exclusive right to convert that right to a Mining Right. There can be no assurance that a Mining Right will be granted with-out extensive further work and an Application to the Department of Mineral Resources of South Africa.
Initial Resource Announced September 5, 2012
|Total T-layer||26.74||3.19||3.33||2 864|
|Total F-layer||41.30||5.27||2.80||3 721|
|Total Project||68.04||6 586|
Ken Lomberg QP, See News Release Sept 5, 2012 including QAQC and Data verification for the resources.
About Platinum Group Metals Ltd.
Platinum Group has an experienced mine building and operating team based in Vancouver, Canada and Johannesburg, South Africa. The Platinum Group management team has a track record of discovery of precious metals mines over the past 20 years. The Company also has an impressive thick, near surface discovery at Waterberg in Joint Venture with JOGMEC the Japanese State Company. An initial resource was recently announced for Waterberg and drilling continues with 10 machines.
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
While the terms "mineral resource" and "inferred mineral resource" are recognized and required by Canadian regulations, they are not defined terms under standards in the United States. As such, information contained in this report concerning descriptions of mineralization and resources under Canadian standards may not be comparable to similar information made public by U.S. companies subject to the reporting and disclosure requirements of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). "Inferred mineral resources" have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence and a great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an "inferred mineral resource" will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Investors are cautioned not to assume that any part or all of mineral deposits in this category will ever be converted into reserves.
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