TORONTO AND JOHANNESBURG, Sept. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - First Uranium Corporation (TSX: FIU), (JSE:FUM) (ISIN:CA33744R1029) ("First Uranium" or "the Company") today announced that it has received a letter from the South African Minister of Mineral Resources purporting to "withdraw" the new order mining right to Mine Waste Solutions ("MWS"), in terms of Section 23 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act 28 of 2002 ("the MPRDA").
We have been consistently advised by our South African Counsel and maintain the opinion that under current South African mining legislation, reclamation activities such as MWS are not classified as a mining project and therefore do not require a mining right.
The MPRDA does not make provision for the "withdrawal" of a mining right. The MPRDA does make provision for the authorities to take other actions in relation to mining rights provided due process is followed. This includes the serving of notice of the intended action and provides for an opportunity for the recipient to respond, none of which took place in this instance.
The notice received is fatally defective and correspondence to this effect has been sent to the Minister. The Minister has therefore been requested to withdraw the letter.
The Company awaits the Minister's response. Depending on the Minister's response, shareholders are advised that legal action may be required in order to protect MWS' rights.
About First Uranium Corporation First Uranium Corporation (TSX: FIU, JSE:FUM) is focused on the development and operation of gold and uranium projects in South Africa. The Company's goal is to become a significant low-cost producer of gold and uranium from its Ezulwini underground mine (the "Ezulwini Mine") and the Mine Waste Solutions tailings recovery facility ("MWS"). To expand its production profile, First Uranium has expanded the capacity of MWS and it is ramping up production at the Ezulwini Mine and plans to pursue other value-enhancing opportunities in South Africa.
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