African Gold Group, Inc. (TSX-V: AGG) is pleased to provide an update on the ongoing drilling campaign at its flagship Kobada Gold Project in Southern Mali. To date, the Company has only drilled approximately 8% of the identified shear zones on the property, and this current drilling campaign is targeting highly prospective extensions to strike length, and conversion of inferred oxides to measured and indicated ounces. Most recent high-grade drilling results continue to show far deeper than expected extensions of the oxide orebody at depth as well as additional mineralised zones outside of the known ore zones.
○ 1.09 g/t Au over 43.50 m from 111.0 m to 154.50 m (Drill hole KB20_PH4A_12)
▪ Including 9.10 g/t Au over 1.0 m, 9.93 g/t Au over 1.0 m and 9.39 g/t Au over 1.0 m
○ 1.16 g/t Au over 17.0 m from 53.0 to 70.0 m (Drill hole KB20_PH4A_14)
▪ Including 9.07 g/t Au over 1.0 m
○ 4.86 g/t Au over 17.0 m from 64.0 to 81.0 m (Drill hole KB20_PH4A_16)
▪ Including 46.10 g/t Au over 1.0 m
Danny Callow, Chief Executive Officer of AGG commented:
“With every hole that we drill in our infill drilling programme, we are seeing positive results that support our thesis for expanding the resource, both in terms of depth extensions and grade. We are very happy with the progress being made and expect to continue to see good results as we near year-end.”
Overview of Drilling Programme
Drill rigs have been operating since early September 2020, and despite heavy rains, the Company has made very good progress in its exploration drilling programme. To date, 3,640 m have been drilled, of which 1,960 m were reverse circulation drilling (“RC”) and 1,680 m were diamond drilling. The assay results from the infill drilling campaign on the Kobada main shear zone have confirmed that to date, large portions of the geological model and the anticipated grade of the inferred oxide mineral resource correlate positively with the 1.34 g/t mean grade currently used in the existing inferred resource estimate. In addition, the boundary between the oxidised lithologies and the unaltered (sulphide) lithologies has been repeatedly intersected at deeper levels than anticipated. These results are conducive to adding more volume at depth to the inferred mineral resource in the oxides.
The drilling campaign to upgrade a portion of the inferred oxide mineral resources is part of a three-phase drilling campaign. The objective of the current drilling campaign is to upgrade the Inferred oxide resource to a higher confidence category, test the northern extension of the Kobada shear beyond the last known occurrence in the northern parts of the Kobada concession and the initial drill-testing of the neighbouring Gosso shear zone (see press release dated October 20, 2020). It comprises an initial 6,720 m at a split of 70% RC holes (4,704 m) and 30% DD holes (2,016 m).
Figure 1: Plan view of drilling campaign at Kobada. Solid lines represent holes drilled to date:
Figure 2: Drill hole KB20_PH4A_12 and 14, confirming mineralisation close to surface and an additional newly discovered mineralised zone:
About African Gold Group
African Gold Group is a TSX Venture Exchange listed exploration and development company with a focus on building Africa’s next mid-tier gold producer. The Company has a highly experienced board and management team with a proven track record in the African mining sector operating mines from development through to production. AGG’s principal asset is the Kobada Project in southern Mali, which is in an advanced stage of development having completed the 2020 DFS and is targeting gold production of 100,000 oz per annum by Q2 2022. As well as the initial Kobada Gold Project, other exploration locations have been identified on the Kobada, Farada and Kobada Est concessions, offering potential for an increase in resource.
The scientific and technical information contained in this press release has been reviewed, prepared and approved by Dr. Andreas Rompel, PhD, Pr. Sci. Nat. (400274/04), FSAIMM, Vice President Exploration of AGG, who is a “Qualified Person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects and by Mr. Uwe Engelmann (BSc (Zoo. & Bot.), BSc Hons (Geol.), Pr.Sci.Nat. No. 400058/08, MGSSA), a director of Minxcon (Pty) Ltd and a member of the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions.
Table 1: Assay results from the mineralized zone
Cumulative Mineralization Widths
Significant Intersections (above 1 g/t Au)
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