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Tanzanian Royalty to Begin Major Drill Program at Kigosi
Vancouver, Canada, November 16 (ots/PRNewswire) - Tanzanian Royalty Exploration is pleased to announce that it has started a detailed exploration program on its Kigosi Property which includes the following elements:
- A detailed assessment of the AngloAshanti database (complete).
- Selected IP traverses over the artisanal workings at Luhwaika and Igunda.
- A 5,000 metre Reverse Circulation (RC) drill program scheduled to commence this month.
According to Tanzanian Royalty Chairman and CEO Jim Sinclair, "We've been eager to determine the full potential of Kigosi for some time now and we are prepared to commit whatever resources are needed to allow us to achieve that goal."
The area of interest comprises two artisanal mining sites that are parallel to each other and are separated by a 2.5 kilometre wide swath of mbuga (overburden). The Luhwaika workings are the largest in the area with sporadic artisanal activity spread over a distance of approximately 1,200 metres.
Within this area, mineralization is controlled by a gold-rich, brittle ductile shear zone that has developed near the contact between a large granite intrusive and mafic greenstones. The strike of this high strain zone is 320 degrees, which is similar to the Bulyanhulu deposit, while the dip is moderate to the southwest.
From the productive shallow artisanal work shafts, it appears that at least two sub-parallel zones exist. This is confirmed by the AngloAshanti soils data that extend the Luhwaika mineralization to over 3.3 kilometres along strike. The soil data indicate a strong relationship between the granite contact and the gold mineralization. Grab samples at Luhwaika have returned values up to 194 g/t.
The gold occurs within a stockwork of shear-hosted quartz veins and within sheared granite. To date, two IP traverses have been completed over the Luhwaika showings by the Company's in-house geophysical department. One traverse is in the southeast and the other 1.6 kilometres to the northwest. Both these traverses display moderate to strong chargabilities and resistivities over the artisanal zones. More sub-parallel IP anomalies could represent additional mineralization that has not yet been uncovered by the artisanals. The zones appear thick and in some cases may be up to 50 metres wide.
The present strike of the Igunda workings is approximately 300 metres. These workings occur in a thin (one meter) quartz vein within mafic volcanics and have a similar strike to the Luhwaika workings but a steeper almost vertical dip. Grab samples from these workings have returned values up to 50.32 g/t. One IP line has been completed across these workings and results indicate that there may be an additional zone a few hundred meters to the southwest.
A fourth IP line has been completed across the middle of the mbuga that separates the Luhwaika and Igunda occurrences. A weak anomaly occurs along strike of the Luhwaika-Igunda trend, and stronger anomalies occur to the northeast and southwest.
Aeromagnetic interpretations conducted by AngloAshanti suggest that the granite - greenstone contact occurs a few hundred meters south of the Luhwaika-Igunda trend in this particular area. This has been suggested by the IP which needs to be extended to confirm this hypothesis. No soil geochem has been carried out in this area as the mbuga soils form a transported blanket over the mineralization.
The IP is ongoing and due to the large strike of the system, IP lines are being planned across the highest soil anomaly areas.
This first phase drilling will test the main Luhwaika and Igunda workings along three to four traverse lines but will not target additional IP targets. Shallow drilling (50 metre holes) along toe and collar RC fences has been designed to test across the entire length of both workings. An all-weather road is currently being constructed for drill and support vehicle accessibility. Drilling is expected to begin within the week.
The total strike length of the Luhwaika-Igunda shear system is currently 4.7 kilometres and by including the Luhwaika north extension this system is up to 9.0 kilometres long.
Tanzanian Royalty President, John Deane comments: "This is a very exciting time for the Company. These workings have been known for some time but our ability to evaluate these highly prospective targets has been slowed by a lengthy permitting process which understandably is designed to preserve the environmental integrity of the site."
"The Company intends to go in hard and fast. The system has more than adequate strike length, multiple sub-parallel zones, and appears to have excellent grade potential as well. This first phase of drilling will determine if it has the continuity to generate resources of economic interest."
The Company's Qualified Person is Mr. John Deane, the President of Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Corporation Limited. He has an M.Sc. from the University of Cape Town (1993) and is a registered scientist with SACNASP (Reg. No.400005/05). Mr. Deane has reviewed and validated the AngloAshanti geochemical and geological databases for this particular area and has made the necessary corrections.
The AngloAshanti soils were submitted to SGS Mwanza for Fire Assay analysis.
Grab and rock chip samples reported in this release were taken by Mr. Deane and Dr. Jim Oliver. The majority of these samples were taken from artisanal muck piles found on the top of production shafts and pits, and this data cannot be used for any resource evaluation. Fire assay with flame AAS finish on these samples was conducted by Humac Laboratory in Mwanza, Tanzania.
"James E. Sinclair"
James E. Sinclair
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
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