Statement re Mine Management Appointment

23 APRIL 2008

BISICHI MINING PLC

Bisichi Appoints Luis Pinel as Mine Manager at Black Wattle Colliery

Bisichi Mining PLC (‘Bisichi’), the mining company with direct coal mining
operations in South Africa, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Luis
Pinel as Mine Manager at the Black Wattle Colliery (‘Black Wattle’) located in
Mpumalanga, South Africa. Mr. Pinel succeeds Mr. Robert Grobler, whose
appointment as Director of Mining for Bisichi was announced earlier.

Mr. Pinel has over 25 years experience in the South African coal mining
industry, having served in senior operations mine management positions for both
Anglo American and, most recently, BHP Billiton where he served as General
Manager of Rietspruit Colliery, Khutala Colliery and Douglas Colliery. Mr.
Pinel has a BSc in Engineering from Witwatersrand University and a Masters
Degree in Business Leadership from University of South Africa. Mr. Pinel is a
Fellow of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (F.S.A.I.M.M.)
and is a Registered Professional Engineer (Pr Eng) with the Engineering Council
of South Africa (ECSA).

Announcing the appointment, Andrew Heller, Managing Director of Bisichi said
‘We are very pleased that Luis has joined our growing team in South Africa.
His long experience and strong track record of achievement in the coal industry
will further strengthen our underground and open cast operations at Black
Wattle.’

For further information please call:

Andrew Heller, Bisichi Mining PLC 020 7415 5030

Tom Kearney

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