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Cobre’s Kitlanya West copper project in Botswana is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week

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Exploration drilling in the Kalahari Copper Belt (KCB) of Botswana last year. WhyAfrica visited a number of early-stage exploration projects in the KCB last year as part of our annual WhyAfrica Road Trip through Africa. Image credit: Leon Louw for WhyAfrica

Cobre’s Kitlanya West copper project in Botswana is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week

Ongoing Aircore (AC) and shallow Reverse Circulation (RC) drilling at Cobre’s 100% owned Kitlanya West (KITW) project in the Kalahari Copper Belt (KCB) of Botswana have identified a consistent 2.5 x 1 km copper anomaly associated with the Tlou fold target.

Interpretation of magnetic data over the Tlou Target supports a geological setting similar to ASX-listed Sandfire Resources’ T3 deposit, where mineralisation is associated with thrust/s breaching a doubly plunging fold structure.

According to an ASX announcement released by Cobre yesterday, the Tlou Target is one of several fold targets located in the reduced sedimentary units of the lower D’Kar Formation.

“These targets are positioned on the northern side of an elongate zone of outcropping and subcropping, tightly folded oxidised basal Kgwebe, Kuke and Ngwako Pan Formation volcano-sedimentary units, which likely represent an intra-basin high in the Ghanzi basin.

“Copper-silver mineralisation is expected to occur at the redox contact at the base of the D’Kar Formation, typical in sedimentary copper deposits, as well as in structurally controlled trap-sites in the lower D’Kar Formation where it is introduced along thrust or shear structures. The Tlou Target is covered by Kalahari Group cover, which averages between 20 and 40 meters thick.”

A compelling anomaly (Cobre’s Kitlanya West copper project in Botswana is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week)

 The ongoing 10,000m AC and RC drill campaign, designed to test for geochemical anomalies at the base of cover and upper portion of underlying bedrock, is now 50% complete.

Initial results have identified a compelling multi-element anomaly associated with the Tlou Target. The drilling programme was initially designed to provide an AC sample at the base of the Kalahari cover with a core plug of the underlying lithology providing valuable information on the stratigraphy and potential for proximal copper-silver mineralisation.

However, given the challenges drilling AC through the Kalahari cover, the programme was adjusted to RC drilling. Over 71 shallow RC holes have been completed into bedrock, testing several priority soil sampling targets, including Tlou, which was the focus of the initial portion of the drill programme.

According to Cobre’s CEO Adam Wooldridge the identification of a consistent and significant copper anomaly associated with the Tlou Target provides further support for the copper potential in the 2000km2 project area.

“Tlou is in a high-priority setting for structurally controlled mineralisation associated with folding of target stratigraphy. The confirmation of copper in bedrock and base of Kalahari samples provides a strong indicator for underlying mineralisation. Overall, these findings demonstrate the excellent prospects of KITW outside of the Ngami Copper Project, and further validate our exploration strategy in Botswana,” says Wooldridge.

“We remain dedicated to maximising shareholder value and are excited about the future prospects as we advance towards the next phase of exploration to unlock the district scale opportunities in the Kalahari Copper Belt of Botswana,” says Wooldridge.

Cobre’s Kitlanya West copper project in Botswana is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week

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Cobre’s Kitlanya West copper project in Botswana is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week

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