Ventura Fund Management Ltd. to Launch Ventura Opportunities Fund with Focus on Direct Involvement to Release Value in

 Ventura Fund Management Ltd. to Launch Ventura Opportunities Fund with Focus
 on Direct Involvement to Release Value in Unappreciated Mining Opportunities

  PR Newswire

  GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, January 29, 2013

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, January 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Private Investment Fund Based in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, will Combine
Disciplines of Focused Mining Investment with Strategies to Actively
Participate at Executive Level within Select Portfolio Companies to provide
Positive Value Catalysts

** Not for Dissemination in United States and/or Canada **

Ventura Fund Management Ltd. (" Ventura " or the " Company ") announced its
official launch today. Ventura's inaugural private investment fund, the
Ventura Opportunities Fund (the " Fund ") expects to be committed to
investments in resource companies, listed and unlisted, by way of focused
commodity, country and investment criterion. The Fund will remain exclusive
after formation with a ceiling total investment of US$150 Million.

Ventura's experienced and respected founders and principals (the " Principals
") are John K. Barker, Simon J. Lawrence and Kevin J. van Niekerk.

In differentiating its investment approach, the Company intends to deploy,
where possible, its Principals and/or designated representatives sourced by
the Principals into key executive management and/or board positions within
portfolio companies. Ventura firmly believes that this will be a key criterion
in assisting and facilitating a release of hidden value. The Fund expects to
benefit from unique positive value catalysts developed through its Principals'
proven track record, further enhanced by their substantial Brokerage,
Investment Banking and Operational contacts. The ultimate aim of the Fund is
to profit from the reputations and multi-cycle experiences of its Principals,
continuing their records of consistently delivering real value to

Following an unprecedented period of investment into the sector, the
Principals believe that the market for resource focused stocks is forming a
bottom. Significant market turbulence continues to restrict Treasury and
financing options for many mining and junior resource companies and the
Principals believe that favorable select opportunities exist for investors to
re-enter undervalued assets through the Fund; ones that offer potential for
significant value release in a reasonable period of time.

Speaking on behalf of the Principals, John Barker commented "We are grateful
for the strong interest that knowledgeable key investors and professionals
have already shown in our philosophy and vision. Ventura's Principals have
many years of success in operations, marketing, analysis, broking and
corporate strategy. Such skill sets provide understanding of how to transform,
in a realistic time frame, underperforming situations and unlock hidden value
for stakeholders. We are confident that Ventura will emerge as a leading
private investment fund in our chosen space. Our commitment to a select
portfolio of companies, combined with our experienced investor base and far
reaching professional alliances, provides the foundation for a successful
future for the Fund."

On Behalf of Ventura Fund Management Ltd.:

John K. Barker, Simon J. Lawrence and Kevin J. van Niekerk.

About the Principals:

Mr. Barker graduated in 1985 with a B.Sc. (Minerals Estate Management) from
Sheffield City University and spent his first five years working in operations
and strategic planning within South African mining companies. Mr. Barker then
returned to the United Kingdom where, after 15 years as a Mining Analyst,
(latterly as Managing Director within Royal Bank of Canada Dominion
Securities), Mr. Barker returned back into industry. Subsequently, over the
last 8 years, Mr. Barker has held various corporate related roles as an
Executive, Director and Corporate Advisor within both listed and unlisted
organizations. As a leading Mining Analyst, not only did Mr. Barker assess the
corporate, operational, and exploration merits of many major and junior mining
and resource entities worldwide, but he also developed regular contact with
the world's leading mining investors. Over his career, Mr. Barker has had a
successful record of associating himself with companies and assets that he has
actively helped manage, market, evolve and release value within - names such
as IvanPlats, Samax, Guinor Gold and DiaMet. In more recent roles, Mr. Barker
has been intimately involved in the successful exploration, development,
management and value enhancement of PGM, gold, coal and diamond assets. His
experience spans companies listed in Toronto, Australia, Johannesburg, London
and Oslo and Mr. Barker has actively participated in equity and debt
financings in excess of US$600 Million.

Mr. Lawrence graduated in 1986 with a B.Eng. (Mining Engineering) from the
Camborne School of Mines, United Kingdom. Mr. Lawrence began his career
working in operations in South Africa returningto England in 1991 to obtain
his MBA (International Finance). Thereafter, Mr. Lawrence joined HSBC James
Capel and then ABN AMRO as a Mining Analyst. In this capacity, Mr. Lawrence
visited and evaluated numerous mine projects around the world. In 2000, Mr.
Lawrence moved to Canada and, since that time, has been involved with the
marketing, structuring, financing, management and development of private and
publicly listed exploration and resource companies. More recently, as
President & Chief Executive Officer of Gold Eagle Mines Ltd., Mr. Lawrence
guided that company through the discovery of a major multi-million ounce gold
deposit in the famous gold camp of Red Lake, Ontario, Canada. With his
combined expertise in operations, marketing and corporate strategy, Mr.
Lawrence led Gold Eagle Mines Ltd. to commencement of shaft sinking,
strategically positioning the company to the pointwhere it was acquired by
Goldcorp Inc. for Cdn$1.5 Billion in late 2008.

Mr. van Niekerk : In early 2005, after more than 20 years of diverse business
and operational experience in the mining, film, television and media
industries, Mr. van Niekerk resigned his post as President & Chief Executive
Officer of junior explorer, African Gold Group Ltd. and joined emerging
African mine builder, Equinox Minerals Ltd., pursuing involvement in a mine
development opportunity of significance: the Lumwana Copper project in Zambia.
At Equinox, in his capacity as VP of Investor Relations & Corporate
Development, Mr. van Niekerk was instrumental in raising the profile and
liquidity of Equinox in North America and Europe. Through his diverse
international network of mining, broker, investor and media contacts, Mr. van
Niekerk developed and implemented marketing and corporate strategies that
actively contributed to Equinox securing equity financings totaling over
US$420 Million. With enhanced financial capacity established, Equinox built
Lumwana becoming one of the world's top 20 copper producers. Equinox's market
capitalization increased from ~US$70 Million in late 2004 to US$7.3 Billion in
2010 with the emergence of an all cash takeover by Barrick Gold Corporation
concluding a remarkable story of value generation. Mr. van Niekerk holds a
DipCSM in Minerals Technologies from the Camborne School of Mines, United
Kingdom and began his career in operations in 1984 with Zambia Consolidated
Copper Mines at Mufulira, Zambia.

About the Ventura Opportunities Fund :

The Ventura Opportunities Fund, the inaugural private investment fund launched
by Ventura, is a 5-year closed ended private fund positioned to invest in both
active and passive opportunities. Where possible, equity investments will be
linked to instilled disciplines and strategies for Executive and Board of
Directors to execute. The Fund will remain exclusive after formation with
minimum and maximum investment hurdles and a ceiling total investment of
US$150 Million. Ventura's vision will be global in focus and applied under a
strict set of commodity, country and investment criterion. Ventura plans to
charge a management fee of 2% per annum (0.5% per quarter) and a performance
fee of 20% of net asset value appreciation, without hurdle.

Important legal information:   This publication is meant for qualified
investors and for information purposes only, and does not constitute a request
to make an offer unless explicitly mentioned otherwise, a recommendation to
buy or sell investment instruments or to carry out any other transactions.
This publication is not the result of a financial analysis. Ventura Fund
Management Ltd. ("Ventura") does not assume any liability for the content of
this publication and, in particular, is not liable for loss or damage of any
kind, including direct, indirect or consequential damage, which may arise as a
result of the information contained in this publication and/or as a
consequence of the inherent risks associated with financial markets. An
investor should be aware that past price performance does not provide an
indication of future performance for investments, and the value of investments
may increase but may also decrease. Furthermore, investments in foreign
currencies are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations. Ventura cannot
consider the personal investment goals, financial situation and requirements
of individual investors and therefore recommends that you consult with your
financial and/or tax consultant with regard to any possible effects -
including tax-related consequences - prior to investing in any of the products
mentioned in this publication. In particular, the financial instruments
discussed in this document may be unsuitable for an investor on the basis of
his investment objective, time horizon, risk tolerance, financial situation or
other personal circumstances Information contained in this publication may
have been used by Ventura or its organs or employees prior to its publication.
The publication and its content shall not be made available to persons with
U.S. nationality or persons living in the U.S. The publication and its content
shall not be made available to persons with Canadian nationality or persons
living in Canada. Additional rules in the Ventura Opportunities Fund Private
Placement Memorandum must be consulted before making any investments decision.

For further information:


Contact: John K. Barker: +27-(76)-8824802
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