Tanzanian Royalty Announces Closing of $30 million Bought Deal Offering

August 12th, 2011

South Surrey, British Columbia

Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Corporation (TSX: TNX; NYSE-Amex: TRX) (the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has closed a USD$30 million financing pursuant to an underwriting agreement with Casimir Capital Ltd. (the “Underwriter”).  The Company issued 5,263,158 units (the “Units”) to the Underwriter on a bought deal basis at a price of US$5.70 per Unit, for distribution to the public in Canada and the United States.

Each Unit consists of one common share (“Common Shares”) of the Company and one Common Share purchase warrant (“Warrants”) exercisable at a price of US$6.25 per warrant share for a period of two years following closing of the Offering.  In connection with the offering of the Units, the Company filed a short form prospectus in the Provinces of British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta and a registration statement in the United States under the multi-jurisdictional disclosure system.

The initial use of the funds will be for the completion of a Preliminary Economic Assessment and, subject to the results of the assessment, a Definitive Feasibility Study on the Company’s Buckreef Gold Project in Tanzania.

Buckreef is an advanced stage gold project with NI-43-101 compliant gold resources at a 0.5 g/t cutoff grade in the following categories: Measured, 5.176 million tonnes grading 2.05 g/t (341,000 oz); Indicated, 24.97 million tonnes averaging 1.19 g/t (954,000 oz); Inferred, 17.173 million tonnes grading 1.51 g/t (835,000 oz).

According to James E. Sinclair, President and CEO, “The Preliminary Economic Assessment for Buckreef that is currently underway will address the optimization of gold output at various production rates and the assumptions used in this analysis will constitute an exploration target that our geological staff can aim for. Based on what we see so far, management believes that full scale commercial gold production at Buckreef in the future could greatly exceed previously anticipated levels.”

“I want to assure the Company’s shareholders that we intend to pursue development of the Buckreef Project very aggressively in the months ahead and we will keep everyone fully apprised of our activities,” Sinclair emphasized.

Joseph Kahama, the Company’s Tanzania-based Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, believes the Company’s partnership with the State Mining Company of Tanzania (Stamico) for Buckreef will become a model for the future.

“Stamico is firmly committed to Buckreef and sees it as a cooperative project between the private sector and government that will generate meaningful benefits to all stakeholders,” said Kahama. “I firmly believe this is the beginning of a long and mutually rewarding relationship between Tanzanian Royalty and Stamico, one that will see us both become major players in the country’s mining industry in the ensuing years.”

In consideration of its services rendered under the Offering, the Underwriter received a cash commission of 7% of the gross proceeds of the Offering and compensation warrants exercisable for a period of two years following closing entitling the Underwriter to purchase, at a price of US$5.91 per share, 368,421 Common Shares, being 7% of the aggregate number of Units sold pursuant to the Offering.

The Company’s Qualified Person, Mr. Peter Zizhou, has reviewed and approved the contents of this news release.  Mr. Zizhou is the Exploration Manager of Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Corporation Limited.  He has a Master of Science (Exploration Geology) degree from the University of Zimbabwe (2000) and is a registered scientist with SACNASP (Reg. No. 400028/08).

Respectfully submitted,

Joseph Kahama

Chairman and Chief Operating Officer (Tanzania)

For further information, please contact Investor Relations at 1-800-811-3855

Visit our website: www.TanzanianRoyaltyExploration.com.

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Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors – The United States Securities and Exchange Commission limits disclosure for U.S. reporting purposes to mineral deposits that a company can economically and legally extract or produce. We use certain terms on this news release, such as “reserves”, “resources”, “geologic resources”, “proven”, “probable”, “measured”, “indicated”, or “inferred” which may not be consistent with the reserve definitions established by the SEC. U.S. Investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in our Form 20-F, File No. 001-32500. You can review and obtain copies of these filings from the SEC’s website at  http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml.

Certain information presented in this release may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are based on numerous assumptions, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, including risks inherent in mineral exploration and development, which may cause the actual results, performance, or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any projected future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Investors are referred to our description of the risk factors affecting the Company, as contained in our Form 20-F, File No. 001-32500, for more information concerning these risks, uncertainties, and other factors.