Metorex Announces Result for the Financial Year Ending June 30, 2002 and Declares 10 Cents Dividend

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 17, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Crew is pleased to report positive results of its 41%-owned Metorex Group of South Africa.

Metorex has, despite the depressed metal prices and a decision to place Chibuluma South on care-and-maintenance in 2002, managed to deliver positive year-end results, which clearly demonstrate the value of the company's multi-commodity structure. The group's revenue on mineral sales increased 14% and the profit was maintained at R143 million compared to R141 the previous year. Headline earnings were 72.8 cents per share or R90 million. Capital investments of R98 million were directed mainly at the new copper-slag treatment plant at O'okiep and plant improvements at the Vergenoeg mine, which now appears as a world-leading plant and fluorspar deposit.

The board has recommended a dividend of 10 (ten) cents per share, to be paid on October 14, 2002.

 "Jan A. Vestrum"
 President and CEO

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