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Premier African Minerals Limited
20 September 2016

Premier African Minerals Limited / Ticker: PREM / Index: AIM / Sector: Mining



Premier African Minerals Limited

("Premier" or the "Company")

Zulu Lithium Project - Drilling Update


Premier African Minerals Limited (AIM: PREM), the London listed mining and exploration company, is pleased to provide a positive early update on its 2,500-meter drilling programme at the Company's Zulu Lithium Project near Fort Rixon in Zimbabwe ("Zulu").


Premier is drilling a series of 20 diamond drill holes designed to test for strike and depth extensions at the Zulu Lithium Project, which currently has a strike length of 3.5km. In addition, the drilling programme is designed to establish a maiden resource.



·   The first diamond core hole (ZDD-14) drilled at Zulu has already intersected 9,5 metres of visual spodumene petalite lithium mineralisation, from a down hole depth of 10.5 metres.

·     The hole is located 200 metres from the surface bulk sample area that previously reported grades of 1.55% Li20.


George Roach, Premier's CEO, commented: 


"Intersection of visible hard rock lithium mineralisation from this first borehole at the predicted downhole location described in our exploration model is most encouraging. Core will be transported to our in-house sample preparation facilities for logging, splitting and sample preparation and then sent to SGS South Africa for multi-element analysis. This borehole is located within the southern section of the ore body and forms part of the code compliant resource that Premier intends to establish at Zulu. Drilling is performed at an angle of 45 degrees and is intended to validate the presence of several multi-meter wide mineralised pegmatites down to a vertical depth of 75 meters. This is a positive early validation of our geological modelling and I look forward to reporting the lithium assays as soon as they become available."


Qualified Person


Wolfgang Hampel, Exploration Manager of Premier African Minerals Limited has reviewed and approved this release to the extent that reference is made to the Zulu tenements. Mr Hampel has 25 years' experience in the African, American, European and Asian exploration and mining industry and holds a Diploma in Economic Geology (Dipl.-Geol.) from the Technical University of Munich. He is a registered European Geologist (EurGeol), n° 1261, with the European Federation of Geologists.


Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements in this announcement, are, or may be deemed to be, forward looking statements. Forward looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as ''believe'', ''could'', "should" ''envisage'', ''estimate'', ''intend'', ''may'', ''plan'', ''will'' or the negative of those, variations or comparable expressions, including references to assumptions. These forward looking statements are not based on historical facts but rather on the Directors' current expectations and assumptions regarding the Company's future growth, results of operations, performance, future capital and other expenditures (including the amount, nature and sources of funding thereof), competitive advantages, business prospects and opportunities. Such forward looking statements reflect the Directors' current beliefs and assumptions and are based on information currently available to the Directors. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward looking statements including risks associated with vulnerability to general economic and business conditions, competition, environmental and other regulatory changes, actions by governmental authorities, the availability of capital markets, reliance on key personnel, uninsured and underinsured losses and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Although any forward looking statements contained in this announcement are based upon what the Directors believe to be reasonable assumptions, the Company cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such forward looking statements.


This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of EU Regulation 596/2014.



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Premier African Minerals Limited

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Premier African Minerals Limited (AIM: PREM) is a multi-commodity mining and natural resource development company focused in Southern and Western Africa with production started at its flagship RHA project in Zimbabwe.

The Company has a diverse portfolio of projects, which includes tungsten, rare earth elements, gold, lithium and tantalum in Zimbabwe and Benin, encompassing brownfield projects with near-term production potential to grass-roots exploration. The Company also holds 2 million shares in Circum Minerals Limited ("Circum"), the owners of the Danakil Potash Project in Ethiopia, which has the potential to be a world class asset. At present those shares are valued at US$4 million based on the latest price at which Circum has accepted subscriptions.



Technical Glossary

 "Li2O" means Lithium oxide

 "pegmatite" is an exceptionally coarse-grained igneous rock, with interlocking crystals, usually found as irregular dikes, lenses, or veins, esp. at the margins of granitic intrusions.

"petalite" is the mineral name for lithium aluminium silicate LiAl(Si4O10), an important ore of lithium.

 "spodumene" is the mineral name for lithium aluminium silicate LiAlSi2O6, an important ore of lithium.


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