Savannah Resources has confirmed broad zones of heavy minerals at its prospective 180km² Jangamo heavy mineral sands project, which is located in a world-class mineral sands province in southern Mozambique. This comes from positive testwork results from follow-up analysis of samples collected from a 27 hole, 1,812m scout drilling programme completed in November 2013.
“We are excited with the results returned from the first set of composite samples taken from our initial scout drilling campaign at our flagship Jangamo Project. Results have returned excellent concentrations of heavy minerals including ilmenite, rutile/leucoxene and zircon over some very broad intersections in two major zones, with strike lengths of at least 6km and 10km,” Savannah CEO David Archer said.
“There are excellent THM grades in three strand lines – the eastern finger with 18m at 3.5% THM, the eastern line with 24m at 3.2% and the western line with 10m at 2.2% and 39m at 2.0%. Further composite samples will be analysed in order to further prove up the resource potential but importantly, the results are consistent with the grades in the published data for Rio’s Tinto’s adjacent “tier one’’ Mutamba deposit.
“Given the early stage of the exploration programme and the large distances between our scout drill holes, in many cases over 5km, we have made excellent progress towards identifying a major heavy minerals system. The results confirm the prospectivity of the tenement and we’ll now move to define the strike and lateral extents of the heavy mineral sequences. In line with this, I’m also delighted to report that we have established a close collaboration with the globally leading heavy minerals consultancy, TZ Minerals International Pty Limited, which will help guide a rigorous and effective approach to the Project.”