The Company is pleased to report that a diamond drilling program at its Buckreef Gold Project in Tanzania has returned some of the highest grade gold values encountered to date. The 2012 drill program commenced on January 5, 2012 after a short holiday break and is focused on testing high priority targets along the northeast extension of the Main Buckreef deposit.
The latest results include two holes that were drilled from the Eastern Porphyry and Buckreef North areas. Both holes returned excellent gold values with one particular intercept (46 metres) ranking among the longest ever reported in this area.
According to Joseph K. Kahama, Chairman and Chief Operating Officer (Tanzania), “The holes lend support to our hypothesis about the potential to develop resources along strike and down dip from known deposits at Buckreef. We have every intention to accelerate drilling given the potential impact of these results on the feasibility study for Buckreef which is scheduled for completion later this year.”
Hole BMDD103 encountered an intercept of 10.5 metres grading 2.27g/t gold from 75.5 metres which included 1.1 metres averaging 8.89g/t gold from 75.5 metres and 1.5 metres grading 5.32g/t gold from 80 metres. This intercept is situated about 50 metres from the previous drilling toward the southwest of the structure. It is the last diamond drill hole completed in this phase of drilling in the Eastern Porphyry area.
The gold mineralization occurs within sheared mafic rocks with strong quartz-carbonate-pyrite alteration which is the main control of high grade gold mineralization. The grade also appears to be improving down dip and the gold mineralization is trending to the northeast, dipping vertically and near-vertical to the southeast.
Another excellent intercept was returned from the Buckreef North area which included 46 metres of 2.31g/t gold from 28 metres in hole BMDD107. Included within this intercept was a 4.0 metres interval grading 4.4g/t gold from 31 metres, 1.0 metre averaging 7.91g/t gold from 40 metres, 2.0 metres at 5.35g/t gold from 56 metres, and 1.0 metre grading 6.57g/t gold from 78 metres.