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Bushveld Minerals will issue seven million Bushveld ordinary shares to Sable Metal and Minerals to conclude its Brits vanadium acquisition.

The AIM-listed mineral development company made this statement following its original announcement in November 2015 to acquire the Brits Vanadium Project for US$600 000.

In addition to this amount Bushveld Minerals will issue the seven million Bushveld ordinary shares to Sable Metal and Minerals in respect of the remaining  approximate R3 million consideration payable in connection with the acquisition.

The acquisition of the Brits project complements Bushveld Minerals’ strategy to consolidate quality vanadium resources on the Bushveld Complex and develop brownfield processing opportunities for its vanadium platform.

The acquired project is adjacent to Vametco Alloys’ operation (primary vanadium mining and processing operation) and is known, from historical exploration undertaken, to have excellent vanadium mineralisation with some of the highest V2O5 grades encountered in the entire Bushveld Complex.

Grades of up to 2.4% V2O5 were reported from magnetite concentrate from disseminated and massive magnetite bands close to the lower contact of the Upper Zone of the Complex.

An exploration programme to confirm and supplement earlier work, and thereby quantify the resource and grade distribution patterns, is planned and will include geochemical soil sampling, geophysical data interpretation and the drilling of an estimated 20 boreholes.

This phase of exploration will ultimately lead to the preparation of a JORC compliant resource by Bushveld Minerals. The project area is proximal to very good road and rail infrastructure and several other potential processing facilities.

Application for admission to trading on AIM for the settlement shares is expected to become effective at 8.00 am on 22 June 2016.

Following Admission, there will be a total of 591 670 772 Bushveld ordinary shares in issue, 670 000 of which are held in Treasury.