Savannah Resources has received positive initial assay results from a 27 hole, 1 812 m scout drilling programme at its highly prospective 180 km² Jangamo heavy mineral sands project located in a world-class mineral sands province in southern Mozambique.
Excellent progress has been made towards identifying a major heavy minerals system within the Jangamo tenement, the company said in a statement. XRF assay results confirm broad zones up to 45 metres wide of anomalous titanium dioxide (TiO₂) and zirconium dioxide (ZrO₂). Low levels of deleterious elements such as chromium, uranium and thorium contaminants have also been recorded.
Two major mineralised dunal systems have been identified with strike lengths of at least 6km and 10km. The company also announced the discovery of a new mineralised dune system in the north western part of the project area, which significantly expands the exploration potential of Jangamo.
Further test work is continuing including mineralogy and metallurgy on selected anomalous intersections to determine the percentage total heavy minerals (THM) content of the intervals and the heavy mineral species present.
Savannah’s CEO, David Archer said, “We are delighted with the results received to date from our initial scout drilling campaign at our flagship Jangamo Project. The initial XRF assay results have returned anomalous and highly encouraging TiO₂ and ZrO₂ numbers over some very broad widths in two major zones, with strike lengths of at least 6km and 10km. The eastern finger of the tenement has shown particularly encouraging grades and widths with a number of the holes finishing in mineralisation. Importantly, the results highlight the excellent potential for significant widths and concentrations of heavy minerals such as ilmenite, zircon and rutile to be returned with the completion of further analysis to be completed shortly.
“Given the early stage of the exploration programme and the large distances between the scout drill holes, in many cases over 5km, we have made excellent progress towards identifying a major heavy minerals system within the tenement and are confident that follow up test work to determine the percentage THM content of the key intersections will continue to underpin the value potential of the Project. Indeed, with the discovery of a new area of mineralisation within the north western part of the Project, which significantly increases the resource potential, we believe we are well placed to rapidly advance Jangamo up the value curve. We look forward to reporting the final analysis results in due course.”