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Askari starts drilling to test Uis pegmatites

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Namibia’s pegmatites in the Erongo Region, are attracting increased attention from a number of exploration companies. Image credit: Leon Louw for WhyAfrica.

Askari starts drilling to test Uis pegmatites

Lithium is the new gold and Namibia has a lot of it. Another ASX listed company, Askari Metals, has started a drilling campaign to test the pegmatites of the Erongo Region for lithium mineralisation.

Although early stage, the due diligence samples tested by Askari looks promising. The Uis area in the Erongo Region hosts a large number of pegmatites that are exposed at the surface, ranging from a few meters in width to more than 20m in width. Many pegmatites have been mined historically for tin and semi-precious stones, and according to Johan Lambrechts, VP-Exploration & Geology at Askari, altered spodumene and lepidolite are visible within the workings and the mined rock around the workings.

Phase II campaign underway (Askari starts drilling to test Uis pegmatites)

According to Lambrechts, Askari has commenced Phase II of the Reverse Circulation (RC) drilling campaign on Exclusive Prospecting Licence (EPL) 7345, part of the Uis Lithium Project.

“The Phase II RC drilling program got underway on 28 February 2023, and is set to continue for approximately two months, producing at least 4,000m of chips, samples and data from the project,” says Lambrechts.

The Phase II program aims to test previously untested pegmatites mapped and identified by geologists in the field and which are reported to have visible lithium mineralisation at the surface.

The license area is about three kilometres from the town of Uis, in west-central Namibia, and is close to where Andrada Mining (previously AfriTin) has been operating a very productive tin operation and recently announced spectacular lithium occurrences.

Hands-on exploration ((Askari starts drilling to test Uis pegmatites)

“Askari is continuing its philosophy of aggressive and hands-on exploration with the second phase of drilling commencing on EPL 7345 since purchasing it a mere four months ago.

“We maintain that we see the Uis Lithium Project as having extremely high potential and plan to advance it along the value curve as efficiently as possible.

“This new phase of drilling results in the company having two separate drill rigs actively drilling on the Uis Lithium project, producing tangible geological data and accelerating the company towards unlocking the significant potential of this well-mineralised lithium-rich pegmatite belt of the Erongo region.

“In addition to the drilling, the mapping program leads to new and additional pegmatite identification, representing future drill targets to be tested,” says Lambrechts.

Askari starts drilling to test Uis pegmatites

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