Several shafts with depths up to 46 meters are active to bedrock. Twelve grab samples taken from the shafts returned an average grade of 14.27 g/t from a series of shafts aligned east-west, with grades ranging from 5.01 g/t to 51.26 g/t. More recently, Tembo had reported local workings at Mwasabuka (January 19, 2023).
Figure 1: Local gold prospectors have been successful at locations where the joint Tembo and Goldspot study also suggest geological hotspots. Artisanal production only reaches bedrock for technical reasons.
The new artisanal mining is located west of the small village of Ngula. The mining sites consist of a series of shafts. There are several new, shallower shafts that have only recently come on line and have not yet reached bedrock.
The mining location reconfirms the interpretation of a study that Tembo prepared in conjunction with Goldspot. Two of the priority targets in GoldSpot's study are located near the new shafts (see press release dated June 1, 2021). The shafts are located between two northeast trending structures interpreted to be the zone where the ore bodies of Barrick's adjacent Bulyanhulu mine are located (the Buly Trend), and which has been folded within the Tembo license area. The structural interpretation is confirmed by airborne magnetic surveys which show that this is the extension of the zone where the recently discovered Mwasabuka artisanal mining is located near the Bulyanhulu mine boundary and the Buly Trend structure and geology.
Tembo is monitoring further developments. Once the pits are deemed safe, the shafts will be walked to gather further information and representative samples of the mined areas.
As future follow-up work on this and similar targets, including Mwasabuka, Tembo plans controlled sampling with mapping of the areas and reverse air blast (RAB) drilling across the structural zones. If warranted, RC and diamond drilling will follow to determine gold grade and distribution and location of mineralized structures along strike.
Hendrik Meiring, Exploration Manager at Tembo, stated, "The physical characteristics of the mineralized rocks being mined indicate possible well-developed geological dilatation structures, the geometry of which is confirmed by the geophysical magnetic signatures in the area. Further planned detailed underground mapping and interpretation work will be undertaken prior to drill test activities."
David Scott, President & CEO of Tembo, stated, "The new artisanal mining site reinforces our confidence in the Tembo Project gold resources and gives us the confidence we need to systematically test and evaluate the many targets recognized where the structures intersect."
Bottom line: Tembo Gold is deliberately condoning the activities of local gold miners. Their recent successes demonstrate once again how gold-rich the Tembo license is, particularly where known large-scale structures such as the east-west trending Buly intersect with north-south structures. These are precisely the locations that Tembo itself, together with Goldspot, has also identified as outstanding exploration targets. It is quite possible that the local prospectors have also been inspired by these results. On the other hand, they perform an important function as pathfinders for Tembo and provide important insights into structures and gold grades free of charge. One can be curious about the systematic evaluation by Tembo.
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