SOURCE: Pan African Mining Corp.

April 17, 2007 04:00 ET

Interpretation of Pan African Mining Corp.'s Aeromag Data Confirms Strong Diamond Targets in Madagascar

VANCOUVER, BC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 17, 2007 -- PAN AFRICAN MINING CORP. (TSX-V: PAF) (the "Company") is pleased to report that an independent interpretation of geophysics data generated in the Company's recent high resolution magnetic and radiometric survey in Madagascar has confirmed strong diamond targets previously identified in our geochemical sampling programs. Further follow-up sampling and ground work is now underway on a dozen high priority targets with a view toward generating drill targets for potential kimberlites.

A high resolution, helicopter-borne, magnetic and radiometric survey covering two key regional heavy mineral anomalies in Madagascar was completed by Fugro Airborne Surveys (Pty) Ltd. in late 2006 under contract from the Company. This survey indicated a number of magnetic bulls-eye targets with signatures typically characteristic of kimberlite pipes. In view of the magnetically active character of the terrain, a Toronto-based geophysical contractor, Scott Hogg & Associates Ltd., was commissioned to filter the geophysics data, provide an independent interpretation and recommend magnetic targets for ground follow-up. This analysis was carried out without reference to the Company's stream sampling results. Eleven specific follow-up targets were identified by the contractor "that justify investigation on the basis of their magnetic characteristics alone." A further target with a kimberlite-like magnetic bulls-eye was also identified in a nearby magnetically active area.

Five of the high-priority follow-up magnetic targets selected by the contractor are located in an area where our geochemical sampling results had indicated the potential presence of kimberlite pipes. Four of these targets are in close proximity to discrete ilmenite anomalies that were outlined by our sampling, while the fifth is in an area where sampling results are still awaited. The ilmenites recovered closely match compositions reported in mantle-derived eclogitic xenoliths from the diamond-bearing Orapa kimberlite in Botswana, and also rare eclogitic ilmenite inclusions in diamonds.

The geophysical survey also covered an area immediately adjacent to these discrete pathfinder anomalies, where drainage traps are poorly developed, and sampling would be anticipated to be a less reliable prospecting tool. A further five of the targets recommended for follow-up are located in this area. These five isolated magnetic circular features collectively define a lineament that is discordant with the magnetic fabric in the area.

According to Dr. Andy Moore, a Qualified Person and V.P - Diamond Exploration of the Company, "I am exceptionally excited by our results to date. The close correlation between stream sediment sampling results and independently selected geophysical targets is certainly most encouraging. The area where our sampling and magnetic data both give encouragement for the existence of kimberlite pipes is in the same area where diamonds were reputedly recovered by gold prospectors on two separate occasions during the early 1900's. Our results give strong credibility to these reported diamond finds and therefore provide strong encouragement for the existence of one or more diamond-bearing kimberlites within the Company's licence area in Madagascar."

About Pan African

The Company is an exploratory resource company with approximately 10,000 square kilometres of diversified mineral properties and 5,500 square kilometres of uranium properties in Madagascar. The Company is exploring these properties for uranium, gold, coal, precious stones, base metals and industrial commodities. In addition, the Company is exploring two regions for gold and metals in Mozambique under agreements with other companies. Its operations in Madagascar are carried out through its operating subsidiary, PAM Madagascar Sarl, and its uranium activities are carried out through its 80% owned subsidiary PAM Atomique Sarl. The Company has offices in Vancouver, Canada and Antananarivo, Madagascar. More information about the Company is available at


"Irwin Olian"
Irwin Olian
Chairman & CEO
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    Pan African Mining Corp.
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