Eastern Platinum Limited
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Eastern Platinum Limited

April 19, 2012 08:00 ET

Eastplats Reports Production Results for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2012

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 19, 2012) - Eastern Platinum Limited (TSX:ALR)(AIM:ELR)(JSE:EPS)("Eastplats") reports operating results from the Crocodile River Mine ("CRM") for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 ("Q1 2012").

Production statistics for the current quarter and historical quarters are as follows:
Quarter ended Increase (decrease)

Production statistics
Mar 31,
2012
Dec 31,
2011
Sep 30,
2011
Jun 30,
2011
Mar 31,
2011
Q1 2012
vs.
Q4 2011
Q1 2012
vs.
Q1 2011
Ounces produced 24,474 19,854 26,955 20,528 25,387 4,620 (913 )
Run-of-mine tonnes hoisted 247,538 200,919 265,889 203,166 247,369 46,619 169
Run-of-mine tonnes processed 235,354 194,532 261,280 201,986 245,500 40,822 (10,146 )
Development (meters) 3,117 2,929 3,976 3,562 4,219 188 (1,102 )
On-reef development (meters) 1,704 1,591 2,248 2,090 2,434 113 (730 )
Stoping units (square meters) 39,857 31,767 40,594 31,828 44,674 8,090 (4,817 )
Head grade (grams/tonne) 4.07 4.05 4.08 3.93 3.93 0.02 0.14
Concentrator recovery from ROM ore* 77% 76% 78% 76% 79% 1% (2% )
Chrome dispatched (tonnes) 74,920 62,791 77,531 64,913 62,498 12,129 12,422
* Concentrator recovery has been rounded to the nearest percentage point.

First quarter mining and production at the Crocodile River Mine ("CRM") improved compared to the fourth quarter of 2011, which was negatively impacted by strike action by employees of CRM's main mining contractor, JIC Mining Services ("JIC"), in October, and by a Section 54 shut-down of operations following the fatality at CRM in November. Both incidents resulted in stoppages of mining operations.

The JIC strike has had a lingering effect on Q1 2012 production. Although PGM ounces produced in Q1 2012 are similar to PGM ounces produced in Q1 2011, the production at the Maroelabult Section remains below the Company's budgeted levels. The Company and JIC are taking measures to rectify this and further improvements are expected in the second quarter of 2012.

The qualified person having reviewed the operating results presented in this press release is Mr. Brian Montpellier, P.Eng.

Eastplats expects to release its full first quarter results on Monday, May 14, 2012.

Total shares issued and outstanding: 928,187,807

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Information

Certain statements included herein constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. These forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions by the Company and therefore, readers are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of future performance. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements due to factors such as general economic and market conditions, changes in government legislation, controls, regulations and political developments.

The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by applicable laws.

No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

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