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Mabwe Minerals Commences Mining Operations at Dodge Mine

FREEHOLD, NJ--(Marketwired - Jul 16, 2013) - Mabwe Minerals Inc. (OTCQB: MBMI) (the "Company") is pleased to announce that barite and limestone production has commenced at Dodge Mine.

The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) has completed certification of Mabwe Minerals' Dodge Mine and issued the required permit to immediately begin mining operations. With this milestone accomplished, Mabwe Minerals' mining & construction partner, WGB Kinsey & Company, is now on site building long term infrastructure and shaping the open pit. The Company anticipates beginning barite & limestone production this month.

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Barite revenue is expected this quarter as the company begins staging qualification lots sorted by barite type for review by Steinbock Minerals, MBMI's pending strategic partner, who specializes in the distribution of industrial minerals. Together with pending strategic partner Yasheya Limited, who specializes in the shipment of industrial minerals, Mabwe Minerals is well positioned to support multiple customer requirements in Europe and the Middle-East. In addition, MBMI is ideally positioned to support the growing oil and gas drilling fluids sector demands off the coast of Mozambique and South Africa.

With strong local demand for limestone, the Company is setting up a sales office at Dodge Mine to support local buyers. Limestone is used as a key ingredient in cement and as a fertilizer in agricultural applications. Dean Harrison, Director of Mabwe Minerals Zimbabwe (Private) Limited, noted, "We have already qualified our limestone with one of the largest cement companies in the Harare District with growing demand for qualification samples for use in agricultural applications."

Securing the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) permit is a material event in that MBMI has now firmly established itself as a viable foreign investment company in the mining sector who, as an early adopter, has established compliant indigenous Zimbabwe companies. Along with its indigenous partners, the Company has completed every step of the process required by the Mining Commission from securing the Dodge Mine Certificate of Registration demonstrating ownership of Dodge Mine blocks 1-6 to securing the EIA permit allowing immediate access to the property to commence mining operations.

Al Pietrangelo, President & CEO, stated, "The EIA represents the accumulation of 18 months of hard work on behalf of our shareholders, which has resulted in acquiring Dodge Mine and WGB Kinsey & Company ownership, as well as building key strategic partnerships with PHI Commodities, Steinbock Minerals and Yasheya. We are very pleased to inform our shareholders that Dodge Mine is open for business."

About Raptor Resources Holdings Inc.

Raptor Resources Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: RRHI) is the parent/holding company of Mabwe Minerals Inc. with a second independently operating subsidiary: TAG Minerals Inc.

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About Mabwe Minerals Inc.

Mabwe Minerals Inc. is a U.S. based natural resources and hard asset company engaged in the mining, logistics and commercial sales of industrial minerals and metals, with first focus on barite. The company's operations are conducted through its Zimbabwe parent/holding affiliate, Mabwe Corporation (Private) Limited, which includes wholly owned subsidiary Mabwe Minerals Zimbabwe (Private) Limited and minority owned WGB Kinsey & Company. Raptor Resources Holdings owns 90 million shares of Mabwe Minerals or approximately 66% of its issued and outstanding shares of common stock.

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About TAG Minerals Inc.

TAG Minerals Inc. is a U.S. based mineral/metal resource acquisition, exploration and development company. The company, with operations conducted through its indigenous affiliate TAG Minerals Zimbabwe (Private) Limited, is responsible for alluvial gold production along with the development of greenfield assets targeting bedrock gold and other viable hard assets.

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