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Amani Gold declares 2.3 Moz maiden mineral resource estimate at Kebigada

Democratic Republic of Congo – The Kebigada target lies within the 35 km, mineralised, northwest trending corridor which transgresses both of Amani Gold’s two exploitation permits covering a surface area of 497 km² that make up the Giro gold project within the Kilo-Moto Greenstone Belt, in north east Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Historically, Belgian colonials mined high-grade gold veins and laterite at Giro, Peteku, Douze Match, Mangote and Kai-Kai, all of which lie within an interpreted 35 km structural corridor which transgresses both licenses from the south east to the north west.

The results for the final 10 RC drill holes from the 50 m line interval infill drilling programme at Kebigada, were also included in the mineral resource estimate.

This final drilling programme at Kebigada commenced in mid-February 2017 and entailed the drilling of a total of 48 reverse circulation (RC) drill holes for 6 073.8 m and 13 diamond drill holes for 3 675.5 m.

Future work

Amani is currently planning an additional infill diamond and RC drilling programme over the high grade portion of the mineral resource near surface where a selected area will be drilled down to 25 x 25 m centres to define measured mineral resources for inclusion in prefeasibility and feasibility studies.

A selection of diamond drill cores as well as bulk samples from the lateritic and saprolitic lithological profiles will also be submitted for detailed metallurgical test work. Three high quality deep diamond holes targeting the western zone, central zone and eastern zone to test the continuation of high grade shoots were completed with results pending.

A programme of 3 500 m vertical holes is being planned to drill the flat lying structures at Douze Match for resource definition during the year and will follow up on high grade soil anomalies in the immediate surrounds at Kebigada where there is potential to delineate satellite resources which could add materially to the current Kebigada mineral resource.

Significant new discoveries will be followed up with further drilling to delineate potential satellite resources which could add materially to the Kebigada mineral resource.

“We are extremely pleased in reaching an initial milestone of 3 Moz at 1.2 g/t gold (at 0.60g/t Au cut-off) in our maiden mineral resource for Kebigada, which confirms our belief that Kebigada and of course the greater Giro gold project, has always had potential to host multi million ounces of gold,” says Amani Gold chairman Klaus Eckhof.

“We are also confident of increasing the grade with further infill drilling which is supported by the better grades reported in the Indicated resource where we have closer drill spacing. One of the highly pleasing aspects of the initial gold deportment study is that recoveries in excess of 90% can be expected which further confirms the robustness of the deposit.

Kebigada has now moved to the next level as we move towards pre-feasibility and feasibility studies with consideration to be given to possible commencement of early production.

There are significant under explored areas within the Giro project, requiring further attention and providing potential for new discoveries, Eckhof notes.

Amani has completed soil sampling and mapping across the entire 35 km north west trending prospective structural corridor which transgresses both licences on the Giro project and has completed a second phase of drilling at Douze Match including the Siona target. Further drilling will follow up results at Douze Match, Adoku and Mangote in 2017.

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Chantelle Kotze
Chantelle Kotze is a Johannesburg-based media professional. She is a contributor at Mining Review Africa (Clarion Events - Africa) and has created content for the media brand over the past 6 years.