April 8, 2020
Trading Symbol: ELR (TSX); EPS (JSE)
EASTERN PLATINUM LIMITED TO RESTART OPERATIONS UNDER ESSENTIAL SERVICES ORDER ISSUED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF SOUTH AFRICA
April 8, 2020, Vancouver, British Columbia – Eastern Platinum Limited (“Eastplats” or the “Company”) is pleased to report that the Director General Mineral Resources of South Africa issued an essential services order (the “Order”) pursuant to which it has authorized Eastplats’ subsidiary, Barplats Mines (Pty) Ltd. (“Barplats”), to operate its tailings retreatment project located at the Crocodile River Mine (the “Retreatment Project”) at a reduced capacity and to transport and export the Chrome concentrate produced by the Retreatment Project.
Barplats has reviewed and updated its start up plans to be consistent with the Order, based on a significantly reduced work force, and will immediately implement a phased restart.
The Company remains committed to the Government of South Africa’s direction to prevent the risk of spread of COVID-19. Eastplats has produced risk assessments and adopted appropriate procedures to maintain a safe workplace for its employees and the communities in which it operates.
The effects of COVID-19 are changing rapidly and the Company cannot reasonably estimate at this time the impact of COVID-19 or the lockdown imposed by the Government of South Africa, currently scheduled to end at midnight April 16, 2020, both of which could have material adverse effects on the Company’s business, liquidity and cashflows.
For further information, please contact:
EASTERN PLATINUM LIMITED
Rowland Wallenius, Chief Financial Officer
(604) 800-8200 (phone)
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In particular, this press release contains forward-looking statements pertaining to the potential outcome of litigation matters. These forward-looking statements are based on assumptions made by and information currently available to the Company. Although management considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to it, they may prove to be
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All forward-looking statements in this press release are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement, the “Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Information” section contained in the Company’s most recent Management’s Discussion and Analysis available under the Company’s profile on www.sedar.com. The forward-looking statements in this press
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