TSX- and JSE-listed Alphamin Resources, a producer of 4% of the world’s mined tin from its high-grade operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, recently announced additional high-grade assay results on its Mpama South exploration drilling programme as well as the commencement of life of mine extension drilling at its high-grade Mpama North mine.
➢ Further high-grade intercepts from the Main Zone at Mpama South received, including:-
• BGH046: 10.8 metres @ 2.86% Sn from 195.2 m
• BGH051: 5.3 metres @ 4.00% Sn from 164.2 m
• BGH046: 2.6 metres @ 7.17% Sn from 218.0 m
• BGH053: 10.6 metres @ 2.77% Sn from 198.9 m
➢ Further high-grade intercept from the newly discovered footwall zone at Mpama South received, including:-
• BGH053: 3.2 metres @ 9.59% Sn from 173.7 metres
CEO, Maritz Smith comments, “We are pleased to have reached this milestone of starting the long-awaited extension drilling on our high-grade Mpama North mine. The life of mine extension possibilities are highly positive and we look forward to the results. The Mpama South Prospect continues to deliver outstanding tin intercepts and at only 750m south of the Mpama North operation, would provide excellent potential synergies.”
2021 Exploration strategy on track
Alphamin’s exploration initiative aims to extend the life-of-mine at its currently producing Mpama North mine, to declare a maiden mineral resource for the Mpama South Prospect as well as to discover at least one additional deposit further along its highly prospective Bisie Ridge.
Mpama South is a high-grade tin discovery, located 750 m south of Alphamin’s operating Mpama North mine. A small diamond drilling program of 16 drillholes completed in 2016 recorded notable cassiterite intercepts in similar alteration styles to the Mpama North mine. Alphamin re-commenced its Mpama South diamond drilling exploration activities in December 2020 with a three-phased 16 800 m 70-hole diamond drilling exploration campaign till August 2021. All three phases are intended to form the basis of a mineral resource estimation exercise, the results of which are expected to be announced by the end of 2021. Infill drilling and further step-out drilling will continue from after August for the remainder of 2021.
On 2 July 2021, Alphamin commenced drilling on the down dip northern strike extension of the Mpama North orebody. The drilling programme will be supplemented by additional contractor rigs and intends to delineate the large extension potential for the current Life of Mine. The initial programme entails up to 15 350 m in 22 diamond drillholes up to a length of 900 m and finishing by the end of February 2022.