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Anaconda Area – Mali

In December 2021, B2Gold and the Government of Mali were pleased to reach an agreement in principle relating to the dispute on the Menankoto Permit, where the Government of Mali agreed that it would grant a new exploration permit covering the same perimeter as the Menankoto Permit to a new Malian subsidiary of B2Gold, and B2Gold would withdraw the international arbitration proceedings that its Malian subsidiary previously commenced against the Republic of Mali. On February 2, 2022 the Company announced that B2Gold's Malian subsidiary had received the new Menankoto Permit, issued by the Government of Mali in compliance with the procedures and requirements set out under the Malian 2019 Mining Code (previous permit had been issued under the Malian 2012 Mining Code), which provides for an initial term of three years and renewable for two additional three year periods. B2Gold's Malian subsidiary has now withdrawn the international arbitration proceedings against the Republic of Mali.

In 2022, a total of $33 million has been budgeted to commence Phase 1 saprolite mining at the Anaconda Area (comprised of the Menankoto Permit and the Bantako North Permit). Saprolite ore could be mined and hauled to Fekola commencing as early as late 2022. The budget includes $12 million for mining fleet and haulage equipment, $6 million for roads infrastructure and earthworks, $2 million for buildings and $3 million for project management and engineering costs.

In 2022, approximately $17 million is also budgeted to be spent on exploration in the Anaconda Area. With the receipt of the Menankoto Permit, exploration on the Menankoto Permit has commenced, initially with two drill rigs operating, which will build on the $31 million that the Company has spent to date on the Menankoto Permit, with additional drill rigs to be deployed shortly. The Company plans to continue focusing on upgrading and expanding the existing saprolite Inferred Mineral Resource estimate of 21.6 million tonnes at 1.11 g/t for 770,000 ounces for the Anaconda Area (originally released in June 2017). An updated Mineral Resource estimate for the Anaconda Area based on the results from the extensive 2020 and 2021 infill and exploration drill program is expected in the first quarter of 2022 and will feed into engineering studies currently underway. This new resource estimate will also include an initial Mineral Resource estimate for the sulphide material below the saprolite. The Company will continue to follow up on the sulphide mineralization at the Mamba, Adder and several other targets below the saprolite mineralization in 2022. Additionally, the Company has completed environmental and social studies to support permitting efforts.

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