Re Joint Venture

17 April 2008

BISICHI MINING PLC

Bisichi Mining PLC settles all disputes with its former Black Economic
Empowerment partner in South Africa

Bisichi Mining PLC (‘Bisichi’), the mining company with direct coal mining
operations in South Africa, is pleased to announce the full and final
settlement of all its disputes with Endulwini Resources Limited (‘Endulwini
Resources’), Endulwini Coal Limited (‘Endulwini Coal’), and the Mhlaba Dube
Memorial Trust (‘the Trust’) with regard to Black Wattle Colliery (Pty) Limited
(‘Black Wattle’), Ezimbokodweni Mining (Pty) Limited (‘Ezimbokodweni’) and
Ninghi Marketing Limited (‘Ninghi’).

The terms of the settlement are as follows:

1 . Bisichi will drop all legal actions against the Trust regarding its share
holding in Black Wattle

2 . The Trust will transfer its shares in Black Wattle to Bisichi

3 . Endulwini Resources will drop all counter legal actions against Bisichi
regarding Black Wattle

4. All disputes regarding Ezimbokodweni and Ninghi are dropped between the
parties

5. Bisichi will make a payment of 10 million South African Rand
(approximately UK£640,000 at today’s exchange rate) in total to Endulwini
Resources and the Trust

Speaking about the settlement, Andrew Heller, Managing Director of Bisichi
Mining PLC said: ‘I am very pleased that we can draw a line under this whole
affair. Bisichi has significant business opportunities in South Africa and can
now focus on developing these within a Black Economic Empowerment context. We
are proud of our longstanding commitment to Black Economic Empowerment and we
very much look forward to bringing new partners into our South African
businesses as soon as possible.’

For further information please call:

Andrew Heller, Bisichi Mining PLC 020 7415 5030

Tom Kearney

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