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Giyani Metals Announces Board Changes and New Interim Chair

Giyani Metals Corp. (TSXV:EMM, GR:A2DUU8), the developer of the K.Hill battery-grade manganese project in Botswana, has announced updates to its board of directors. Jonathan Henry, Michael Jones, John Petersen, and Nicola Spooner have stepped down as of May 24, 2024.

New Interim Chair and Board Members

Mark Burnett will join the board as interim chair. The remaining directors are President and CEO Danny Keating, Alex Azpitarte, Thuso Dikgaka, and Stephanie Hart. The Board is searching for new directors with expertise in EV battery product marketing, project financing, and capital markets experience. They aim to complete this by the next Annual General Meeting.

About Mark Burnett

Mark Burnett is the Director of Mining Investments at RAB Capital, a leading mining specialist investor in London. He brings over 12 years of investing and corporate finance experience in Africa and North America. Burnett is also a Non-Executive Director of Golden Metal Resources (GMET:LN) and holds an MPhil from the University of Oxford. He has also served with the British Armed Forces.

Contributions of Retiring Directors

During their tenure, Mr. Henry, Mr. Jones, Mr. Petersen, and Ms. Spooner oversaw significant milestones. These include receiving Environmental Authorisation in Botswana, submitting the K.Hill mining licence application, developing a bespoke hydrometallurgical process to produce high-purity manganese, and securing US$26 million in funding.

Future Focus

The streamlined Board will continue to oversee the strategy execution, notably the construction and commissioning of the Demonstration Plant in South Africa.

Statements from the Interim Chair and CEO

Mark Burnett, Interim-Chair, stated, “I look forward to working with Giyani’s directors and supporting Danny and the management team. Introducing additional directors will support Giyani’s strategy to become a dominant producer of battery-grade manganese.”

Danny Keating, President and CEO, added, “I thank Jonathan, John, Nicola, and Mike for their many years of service. Their efforts have been instrumental in Giyani’s growth. I look forward to working with the new Board as we execute the Demonstration Plant construction.”

About Giyani

Giyani Metals is focused on becoming a dominant, sustainable producer of high-purity battery-grade manganese for the electric vehicle (EV) industry. The company has developed a proprietary hydrometallurgical process to produce high-purity manganese sulfate monohydrate (HPMSM), a lithium-ion battery cathode precursor. Recently, they secured US$26 million in financing from the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa and ARCH Sustainable Resources Fund LP. The goal is to progress the K.Hill project to construction by H1 2025, after operating the Demonstration Plant and completing a Definitive Feasibility Study.

Danny Keating, President & CEO
Charles FitzRoy, Head of Corporate Development & Strategy

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