Platinum Group Metals Ltd.

Platinum Group Metals Ltd.

December 05, 2014 14:04 ET

Platinum Group Metals Reports New Waterberg Extension High Grade Intercept

Waterberg III Extension Target is Open

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Dec. 5, 2014) - Platinum Group Metals Ltd. (TSX:PTM)(NYSE MKT:PLG) ("Platinum Group Metals" or the "Company") announces that a new high grade intercept, received today, has confirmed the extension of the F Zone, 1.9 kilometers north of the known Waterberg deposit. Hole WE 046 D1 on the Waterberg Extension property has returned assays of 6.03 g/t 3E over 4.52 meters (4.15 g/t palladium, 1.46 g/t platinum and 0.42 g/t gold ) from 1484.48 to 1489.00 meters. This step-out intercept is very significant because it establishes the open potential along strike on the Waterberg Extension property where Platinum Group Metals holds an effective 87% interest.

If a broader zone is considered in this intercept, the average grade is 3.13 g/t 3E over 11.35 meters (0.78 g/t platinum, 2.13 g/t palladium, 0.22 g/t gold). The true thickness of the 3.13 g/t 3E intercept is estimated at 8.94 meters and the true thickness of the 6.03 g/t 3E intercept is estimated at 3.56 meters. At a thickness of greater than 3 meters, the target deposit is modelled utilizing an efficient fully mechanized mining approach.

The F Zone can be drilled up-dip and eastward from this position for over 1 kilometer towards the shallow edge of the zone estimated to be approximately 250 to 300 meters from surface in this area. The extent of the F-zone in the area of WE-046 now remains open in all directions.

Waterberg III represents the target area for approximately 5 kilometers north of the current deposit model consisting of approximately 9 kilometers of strike length named Waterberg I and Waterberg II. (See attached map) This intercept confirms the extension of the Waterberg deposit at a grade thickness greater than that found in typical platinum mines in South Africa. Geophysical modelling confirms a clear extension target for 5 kilometers at Waterberg III and further north.

Rhodium, copper and nickel determinations are pending. The mother hole of WE-046 D0 was previously announced and confirmed the F Zone with low values. As a result of the coarse nature of the copper, nickel sulphide minerals associated with the deposit, local variations do occur within the well layered sequence. All intercepts are considered in deposit modelling.

Drilling on the Waterberg Joint Venture and on the Waterberg Extension has been completed on time and on budget for the 2014 program. Further assays are in progress with a resource update planned for early 2015.

Details WE-046 D1

ZONE FROM TO Length Pt Pd Au 3E Pt:Pd:Au
(m) (g/t) (g/t) (g/t) (g/t)
F-ZONE 1 484.48 1 495.83 11.35 0.78 2.13 0.22 3.13 25:68:7
INCLUDING 1 484.48 1 489.00 4.52 1.46 4.15 0.42 6.03 24:69:7

Pre-Feasibility Study Continuing

Engineering firm DRA is continuing with the Pre-Feasibility Study. The Pre-Feasibility Study is funded by the Company and Waterberg Joint Venture partner JOGMEC and is targeted for completion in calendar Q2 2015.

The current inferred resources in the Waterberg I and II areas are estimated at 29 million ounces as announced in June 2014, (Inferred, 287 million tonnes grading 3.15 g/t 4E (0.94g/t Pt, 1.92 g/t Pd, 0.04 g/t Rh, 0.25 g/t Au)) with an exploration drilling update effective October 21, 2014, Report dated November 24, 2014 at, ("Technical Report for the Update on Exploration Drilling at the Waterberg Joint Venture and Waterberg Extension Projects, South Africa (Latitude 23° 14' 11"S, Longitude 28° 54' 42"E)", Qualified Person Kenneth Lomberg, B.Sc. (Hons) Geology, B. Com., M. Eng. Pr.Sci.Nat. and Alan Goldschmidt, Pr.Sci.Nat., of Coffey Mining (SA) Pty Ltd. The deposit covers approximately 9 kilometers of strike length.

Plans for 2015

The first priority for 2015 will be a Waterberg resource update in calendar Q1 and the pre-feasibility results in Q2. The Company is in active discussions with its Joint Venture partners and others with respect to opportunities for outside funding for further drilling in the Waterberg II and III areas and further north on the 864 square kilometers of granted and applied for Prospecting Rights.

Qualified Person, Quality Control and Assurance

R. Michael Jones, P.Eng is the non-independent qualified person who has reviewed and verified the technical information disclosed in this press release. He has relevant experience in precious metals and platinum evaluations and has verified the data by reviewing the detailed assay and geological information on the Waterberg deposit and visiting the site and core yard many times from 2011 through 2014.

Base metals and other major elements were determined by multi acid digestion with ICP finish and PGEs were determined by conventional fire assay and ICP finish. Setpoint Laboratories is an experienced ISO 17025 SANAS accredited laboratory in assaying and have utilized a standard quality control system including the use of standards. Platinum Group Metals utilized a well-documented system of inserting blanks and standards into the assay stream and has a strict chain of custody and independent lab re-check system for quality control. These standards are detailed in the Technical Report dated November 24, 2014, referred to above.

Inferred mineral resource estimates, under the CIM guidelines, do not have demonstrated economic viability and may never achieve the confidence to be mineral reserve estimates or to be mined. An inferred resource has reasonably assumed continuity based on limited sampling but the geological and grade continuity has not been verified. The property is held under Prospecting Rights with the exclusive right to convert that right to a Mining Right. There can be no assurance that a Mining Right will be granted with-out extensive further work and an application to the Department of Mineral Resources of South Africa.

About the Waterberg Projects

The Waterberg Joint Venture is 49.9% effectively held by Platinum Group Metals directly and indirectly. The Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation ("JOGMEC"), a state owned mining company from Japan, is an active participant in the Waterberg Joint Venture along with Platinum Group Metals and South African empowerment partner Mnombo Wethu Consultants (Pty) Ltd. The Waterberg deposit was discovered in late 2011 by the joint venture partners and has grown dramatically over the past few years to be a globally significant deposit. The Waterberg Extension is held 87% by Platinum Group Metals directly and indirectly and is located adjacent and to the north of the Waterberg Joint Venture within a regional scale set of prospecting rights granted to the Company.

About Platinum Group Metals Ltd.

Platinum Group Metals is based in Johannesburg, South Africa and Vancouver, Canada. The Company's business is currently focused on the construction of the 82% owned WBJV Project 1 (Maseve) platinum mine, targeted for production in Q4 2015 and the exploration and initial engineering on the Waterberg platinum deposit.

On behalf of the Board of Platinum Group Metals Ltd.

R. Michael Jones, President and CEO


The Toronto Stock Exchange and the NYSE MKT LLC have not reviewed and do not accept responsibility for the accuracy or adequacy of this news release, which has been prepared by management.

This press release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities laws and forward-looking statements within the meaning of U.S. securities laws ("forward-looking statements"). Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as: believe, expect, anticipate, intend, estimate, plans, postulate and similar expressions, or are those, which, by their nature, refer to future events. All statements that are not statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, without limitation, statements regarding potential or planned exploration, studies, analyses, development, operations and other future occurrences affecting the Company's projects, including the potential for updates to the resource estimates for the Waterberg Projects, the planned pre-feasibility study for the Waterberg Projects and the development of the Project 1 platinum mine. In addition, estimates of mineral resource are forward-looking statements because they represent estimates of mineralization that may be encountered if a mine is developed. Although the Company believes the forward-looking statements in this press release are reasonable, it can give no assurance that the expectations and assumptions in such statements will prove to be correct. The Company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements by the Company are not guarantees of future results or performance, and that actual results may differ materially from those in forward looking statements as a result of various factors, including, but not limited to, variations in market conditions; the nature, quality and quantity of any mineral deposits that may be located; metal prices; other prices and costs; currency exchange rates; the Company's ability to obtain any necessary permits, consents or authorizations required for its activities; the Company's ability to access further funding and produce minerals from its properties successfully or profitably, to continue its projected growth, or to be fully able to implement its business strategies and other risk factors described in the Company's Form 40-F annual report, annual information form and other filings with the SEC and Canadian securities regulators, which may be viewed at and, respectively.

Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors Regarding Estimates of Inferred Mineral Resources

The disclosure in this press release regarding mineral properties was prepared in accordance with Canadian National Instrument 43-101 ("NI 43-101"), which differ significantly from the mineral reserve disclosure requirements of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") set out in Industry Guide 7.Under NI 43-101, companies are permitted and required to disclose "mineral resources", which are not "reserves". U.S. companies subject to the disclosure requirements of the SEC are not normally permitted to disclose mineralization unless they constitute "reserves" by U.S. standards in documents filed with the SEC. Investors are specifically cautioned not to assume that any part or all of "measured mineral resources", "indicated mineral resources" or "inferred mineral resources" will ever be converted into SEC defined mineral reserves. "Inferred mineral resources" have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an "inferred mineral resource" exist or will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Under Canadian rules, estimates of "inferred mineral resources" may not form the basis of a feasibility study or prefeasibility studies, except in rare cases. In addition, the definitions of "reserves" and related terms under NI 43-101 and the SEC's Industry Guide 7 differ significantly. Accordingly, any "reserves" disclosed in this press release may not constitute "reserves" under SEC standards. Under SEC standards, mineralization may not be classified as a "reserve" unless the determination has been made that the mineralization could be economically and legally produced or extracted at the time the reserve determination is made. Among other things, all necessary permits would be required to be in hand or issuance imminent in order to classify mineralized material as reserves under the SEC standards. Further, while NI 43-101 permits companies to disclose the economic projections contained in preliminary economic analyses and pre-feasibility studies, which are not based on "reserves", U.S. companies are not normally permitted to include such economic projections in their SEC filings prior to the establishment of reserves under SEC standards. For the above reasons, statements contained in this press release that describes mineral reserve and resource estimates or that describes the results of preliminary economic analyses or pre-feasibility studies are not comparable to similar information made public by U.S. companies subject to the reporting and disclosure requirements of the SEC.

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    R. Michael Jones
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    Platinum Group Metals Ltd., Vancouver
    Kris Begic
    VP, Corporate Development
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