Anooraq Resources Corporation
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Anooraq Resources Corporation

August 24, 2005 13:44 ET

Anooraq-Anglo Platinum Boikgantsho Joint Venture; Infill Drilling Program Confirms Continuity of Drenthe Deposit

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 24, 2005) - Anooraq Resources Corporation (TSX VENTURE:ARQ)(AMEX:ANO) announces that the results from the infill core drilling program have confirmed the continuity of the mineralization within the Drenthe platinum group metals ("PGM") and nickel deposit. Drenthe is one of two deposits (Drenthe and Overysel North) being developed under the Boikgantsho Platinum Mine Joint Venture agreement ("JV") between Anooraq (50%) and Anglo Platinum Limited ("Anglo Platinum", 50%). The goal of the JV is to delineate and develop large-scale PGM deposits amenable to open pit mining. The Drenthe and Overysel North deposits are located on the Northern Limb of the Bushveld Complex, 250 kilometres north of Johannesburg, South Africa.

The 2005 infill drilling program focused on the Drenthe deposit, testing the mineralization on a 50 by 50 metre grid pattern in order to define measured mineral resources and advance the project toward a Bankable Feasibility Study. The program tested the entire area within the provisional open pit design for the Drenthe deposit that was used for the March 2005 Preliminary Assessment.

One hundred and thirty six vertical holes, totaling 24,418.23 metres, were drilled from January to June 2005. Representative results from the final holes in the program are listed in the Table of Boikgantsho Assay Results - 2005 (attached). Highlights include:

- 1.67 g/t 3PGM, 0.19% Ni and 0.12% Cu over 90.0 metres in hole PR-318

- 1.47 g/t 3PGM, 0.15% Ni and 0.08% Cu over 48.0 metres in hole PR-334

- 1.63 g/t 3PGM, 0.21% Ni and 0.14% Cu over 54.2 metres in hole PR-350

- 3.38 g/t 3PGM, 0.22% Ni and 0.16% Cu over 11.2 metres in hole PR-357

- 2.02 g/t 3PGM, 0.19% Ni and 0.11% Cu over 15.0 metres in hole PR-364

Tabulations of the 2005 results and a map showing the locations of all of the holes drilled in the Drenthe deposit since 1998 are posted on Anooraq's website.

The results from 2005 program confirm both the robustness of the geological model and down-dip consistency of the PGM mineralization within the Drenthe deposit - from surface to vertical depths exceeding 300 metres. The block model for the Drenthe deposit has been updated with these results. Resource modeling, which began in early August, will form the basis for mine planning in the Pre-feasibility study that has commenced.

Rigorous QA/QC procedures, designed and supervised by qualified persons, are integrated into Anooraq's exploration programs. Keith Roberts, M.Sc., Ph.D., P.Geo., is Anooraq's qualified person for this drilling program.

The procedure for the program was as follows: core samples were sent to Set Point Laboratories in Mokopane, South Africa, for preparation (drying, crushing and pulverizing), then a 180 gram pulp from each sample was shipped to Acme Analytical Laboratories (an ISO 9001:2001 accredited laboratory) in Vancouver, British Columbia for analysis. Samples were analysed by Fire Assay (FA) fusion with an Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-ES) finish for Pt, Pd and Au, and Aqua Regia ICP-ES for 36 elements. A stringent quality assurance program is in place with standards, blanks and duplicate samples making up 10% of the samples processed. For the 2005 program, a duplicate of one in every 20 samples was sent to Set Point Laboratories (an ISO 17025:2004 accredited laboratory) in Johannesburg, South Africa for checks of the analyses for Pt, Pd, Au, Cu and Ni.

Anooraq is actively engaged in the advancement of platinum group metals projects in the Bushveld Complex, the world's premier PGM environment. In addition to attractive land positions on the Northern and Western Limbs of the Bushveld, the Company holds a 50% interest in the advanced stage Ga-Phasha PGM project on the Eastern Limb. Anooraq is the only Black Economic Empowerment ("BEE") company with a primary listing on a North American stock exchange. This combination of significant PGM assets, status as a BEE entity, and direct access to financing opportunities through North American and European markets, positions Anooraq to become a leading PGM company.

Ronald W. Thiessen, President and CEO

For further details on Anooraq and its South African properties please visit the Company's website www.anooraqresources.com.

This release includes certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements". All statements in this release, other than statements of historical facts, that address future production, reserve potential, exploration drilling, exploitation activities and events or developments that the Company expects are forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include market prices, exploitation and exploration successes, and continued availability of capital and financing, and general economic, market or business conditions. Investors are cautioned that any such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. For more information on the Company, Investors should review the Company's annual Form 20-F filing with the United States Securities Commission and its home jurisdiction filings that are available at www.sedar.com.



BOIKGANTSHO ASSAY TABLE
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Hole From To Interval Interval PGM(1)
Number (metres) (metres) (metres) (feet) (g/tonne)
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PR-309 50.00 59.00 9.00 29.5 1.95
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PR-309 271.00 291.00 20.00 65.6 1.46
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PR-317 99.00 109.00 10.00 32.8 1.89
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PR-317 148.00 170.00 22.00 72.2 1.17
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PR-318 179.00 269.00 90.00 295.3 1.67
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PR-319 397.00 407.00 10.00 32.8 1.56
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PR-320 141.05 165.00 23.95 78.6 1.36
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PR-323 10.90 30.00 19.10 62.7 1.47
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PR-323 118.44 130.00 11.56 37.9 1.33
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PR-324 30.69 77.00 46.31 151.9 1.37
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PR-329 25.27 32.00 6.73 22.1 2.09
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PR-329 38.00 129.60 91.60 300.5 1.58
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PR-329 302.00 318.00 16.00 52.5 1.05
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PR-330 2.61 88.00 85.39 280.2 0.86
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PR-331 6.49 43.00 36.51 119.8 1.15
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PR-331 54.00 72.40 18.40 60.4 1.21
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PR-331 159.00 167.00 8.00 26.2 2.29
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PR-332 34.70 40.27 5.57 18.3 2.52
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PR-333 29.62 39.00 9.38 30.8 1.51
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PR-333 147.00 171.00 24.00 78.7 1.53
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PR-334 94.00 142.00 48.00 157.5 1.47
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PR-334 132.00 142.00 10.00 32.8 1.65
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PR-336 98.79 113.75 14.96 49.1 1.12
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PR-337 22.00 59.75 37.75 123.9 1.47
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PR-343 2.15 15.00 12.85 42.2 1.52
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PR-343 29.00 41.00 12.00 39.4 1.10
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PR-343 93.00 118.63 25.63 84.1 1.49
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PR-343 279.00 294.00 15.00 49.2 0.99
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PR-344 10.08 42.00 31.92 104.7 1.35
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PR-344 150.00 169.00 19.00 62.3 0.79
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PR-344 219.45 240.16 20.71 67.9 1.11
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PR-345 1.55 39.00 37.45 122.9 1.35
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PR-345 168.92 189.00 20.08 65.9 1.45
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PR-346 41.09 89.00 47.91 157.2 1.24
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PR-347 0.88 21.00 20.12 66.0 0.98
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PR-347 76.00 94.85 18.85 61.8 1.51
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PR-348 55.64 70.00 14.36 47.1 1.13
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PR-348 78.00 83.98 5.98 19.6 2.18
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PR-349 76.00 89.00 13.00 42.7 1.25
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PR-349 87.00 124.00 37.00 121.4 1.48
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PR-350 33.82 88.00 54.18 177.8 1.63
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PR-355 63.00 78.00 15.00 49.2 1.76
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PR-355 139.00 153.00 14.00 45.9 1.15
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PR-356 180.92 205.20 24.28 79.7 1.40
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PR-357 27.00 38.00 11.00 36.1 1.48
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PR-357 69.00 80.16 11.16 36.6 3.38
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PR-358 61.39 78.00 16.61 54.5 1.48
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PR-359 89.58 156.11 66.53 218.3 1.06
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PR-360 35.00 100.00 65.00 213.3 0.95
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PR-360 133.21 155.00 21.79 71.5 1.20
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PR-361 46.84 61.52 14.68 48.2 1.21
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PR-362 1.33 19.99 18.66 61.2 0.65
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PR-362 75.00 98.00 23.00 75.5 1.38
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PR-364 54.00 69.00 15.00 49.2 2.02
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PR-366 42.22 50.85 8.63 28.3 1.89
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PR-368 88.00 97.16 9.16 30.1 2.34
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Hole Nickel Copper Pt Pd Au
Number (%) (%) g/tonne g/tonne g/tonne
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PR-309 0.18 0.13 0.90 0.92 0.13
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PR-309 0.16 0.11 0.56 0.80 0.10
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PR-317 0.20 0.12 0.70 1.07 0.12
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PR-317 0.15 0.09 0.45 0.60 0.13
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PR-318 0.19 0.12 0.67 0.86 0.13
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PR-319 0.16 0.10 0.62 0.83 0.10
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PR-320 0.16 0.10 0.52 0.76 0.09
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PR-323 0.21 0.13 0.74 0.60 0.13
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PR-323 0.16 0.10 0.45 0.79 0.09
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PR-324 0.13 0.08 0.56 0.72 0.09
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PR-329 0.29 0.23 0.68 1.21 0.20
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PR-329 0.28 0.21 0.68 0.76 0.14
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PR-329 0.14 0.09 0.36 0.61 0.08
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PR-330 0.18 0.13 0.34 0.43 0.09
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PR-331 0.22 0.20 0.52 0.50 0.13
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PR-331 0.24 0.20 0.51 0.59 0.12
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PR-331 0.15 0.07 0.95 1.23 0.10
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PR-332 0.26 0.16 1.04 1.29 0.20
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PR-333 0.16 0.11 0.60 0.77 0.13
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PR-333 0.18 0.12 0.60 0.82 0.11
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PR-334 0.15 0.08 0.64 0.72 0.11
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PR-334 0.17 0.09 0.77 0.75 0.14
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PR-336 0.14 0.09 0.51 0.53 0.08
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PR-337 0.22 0.15 0.61 0.71 0.16
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PR-343 0.26 0.25 0.54 0.77 0.20
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PR-343 0.13 0.11 0.45 0.54 0.10
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PR-343 0.19 0.15 0.65 0.73 0.11
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PR-343 0.14 0.09 0.41 0.50 0.08
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PR-344 0.16 0.13 0.65 0.60 0.11
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PR-344 0.17 0.14 0.25 0.47 0.07
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PR-344 0.17 0.11 0.43 0.60 0.08
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PR-345 0.18 0.13 0.57 0.68 0.10
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PR-345 0.15 0.09 0.57 0.81 0.08
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PR-346 0.16 0.09 0.55 0.62 0.07
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PR-347 0.17 0.13 0.27 0.65 0.06
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PR-347 0.18 0.12 0.53 0.77 0.22
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PR-348 0.15 0.09 0.48 0.58 0.07
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PR-348 0.25 0.19 0.98 1.03 0.18
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PR-349 0.17 0.10 0.57 0.62 0.07
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PR-349 0.16 0.12 0.63 0.74 0.11
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PR-350 0.21 0.14 0.77 0.72 0.14
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PR-355 0.19 0.12 0.78 0.85 0.13
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PR-355 0.15 0.10 0.46 0.60 0.09
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PR-356 0.21 0.15 0.52 0.78 0.10
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PR-357 0.17 0.12 0.66 0.70 0.12
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PR-357 0.22 0.16 1.66 1.47 0.25
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PR-358 0.15 0.10 0.65 0.74 0.09
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PR-359 0.19 0.14 0.37 0.59 0.10
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PR-360 0.17 0.12 0.33 0.53 0.09
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PR-360 0.13 0.09 0.56 0.57 0.08
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PR-361 0.18 0.11 0.57 0.52 0.12
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PR-362 0.16 0.13 0.30 0.25 0.11
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PR-362 0.15 0.08 0.59 0.71 0.08
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PR-364 0.19 0.11 0.94 0.93 0.15
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PR-366 0.19 0.09 0.86 0.88 0.15
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PR-368 0.27 0.17 0.92 1.26 0.17
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(1) PGM equals Platinum + Palladium + Gold



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Contact Information

  • Anooraq Resources Corporation - Vancouver, Canada
    Melanee G. Henderson
    Investor Relations
    (604) 684-6365 or Toll Free: 1-800-667-2114
    (604) 684-8092 (FAX)
    or
    Anooraq Resources Corporation - Johannesburg, South Africa
    Phumzile Langeni
    Executive Director, Investor Relations
    +27 (11) 883-0831
    www.anooraqresources.com