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MC Mining provides Makhado Project update

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On 14 January 2019, MC Mining Limited announced that its subsidiary, Baobab Mining & Exploration (Pty) Ltd, completed the acquisition of the Lukin and Salaita properties, being the key surface rights for the Makhado hard coking and thermal coal project.

As announced, the balance of the purchase price of ZAR 35 million (US$2.2 million) (plus interest) (the deferred payment) was payable by Baobab within three years of the transfer of the properties (or on the earlier of certain events occurring). Accordingly, the deferred payment became due on 10 January 2022.

MC Mining is currently resolving the funding required to make the deferred payment and the vendor has agreed to extend the due date for payment to 28 February 2022. Furthermore, the company has agreed to pay an instalment of ZAR 6 million (US$0.4 million) by 12 January 2022, which is to be deducted from the deferred payment now due on 28 February. Interest shall accrue on the unpaid deferred payment at the effective annual rate of 15.2%.

The company continues to work with Baobab and its advisers to complete the funding requirement for development of the Makhado Project and will provide further updates to the market as required. A further announcement will be made in due course, as and when applicable.

As previously announced by the company, the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited (IDC) agreed to extend the repayment date for the ZAR 160 million (US$10.3 million) loan plus accrued interest to 31 January 2022. The IDC also agreed to extend the terminal drawdown date of the additional ZAR 245 million (US$15.7 million) IDC term loan for the development of Phase 1 of Makhado, to 31 January 2022, subject to the IDC re-affirming its financial due diligence.

Given the delay in finalising the Makhado Project funding, the company also advises it has requested a further extension, to 31 May 2022, for both the repayment date of the existing ZAR 160 million plus interest and the terminal drawdown date of the additional ZAR 245 million term loan. The IDC is yet to respond and the market will be informed when the outcome of this request is known.

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