Standard Chartered Bank Completes Anooraq Debt Syndication

Jan 12, 2010, 11:42 ET from Anooraq Resources Corporation

VANCOUVER, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Anooraq Resources Corporation ("Anooraq" or the "Company") (TSXV: ARQ; NYSE Amex: ANO; JSE: ARQ) is pleased to announce that Standard Chartered Bank ("SCB") has successfully completed its Anooraq senior debt syndication process.

Rand Merchant Bank ("RMB"), a division of FirstRand Bank Limited, has acquired 34% of Standard Chartered Bank's ZAR 750 million (CAD$ 105 million) senior debt in Anooraq's South African subsidiary, Plateau Resources (Pty) Limited. SCB continues to hold 66% of the total senior debt package in an amount of ZAR 495 million (CAD$ 69 million).

Philip Kotze, CEO of Anooraq, said, "RMB coming on board in the senior debt syndicate demonstrates a market vote of confidence in our projects and our capabilities. We welcome RMB's participation as a key stakeholder in Anooraq going forward."

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