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Tembo Gold in Tanzania is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week

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Artisanal mining at Tembo Gold’s project adjacent to Barrick Gold’s neighbouring Bulyanhulu Mine. Image credit: Tembo Gold on https://tembogold.com/project/artisanal-mining-activity/

Tembo Gold in Tanzania is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week 

Grab samples from the Mwasabuka artisanal workings, located on TSX listed Tembo Gold’s project in the Lake Victoria goldfield in Tanzania, has returned excellent grab sample grades averaging 11.21 grams per tonne of gold (g/t Au). 

Tembo Gold reported last week that significant new artisanal working has commenced along strike of Barrick Gold’s neighbouring Bulyanhulu Mine.

According to Tembo President & CEO, David Scott, this is an entirely new location for artisanal activity.

“Grab samples that were retrieved from these artisanal workings at the location, termed Mwasabuka, have returned excellent grades.

Work at Mwasabuka has commenced on the Tembo prospecting licence on the direct northwest extension of the Bulyanhulu structural zone that is host to the orebodies at the Bulyanhulu mine,” says Scott.

“Our assertion has always been that artisanal workings are the result of chance discovery by local inhabitants when random gold bearing quartz vein material is encountered as float in the thick overburden that covers most of the Tembo licence area, which then leads to extensive rubble and vein mining.

“The extent of this cover, and the extent of workings and corresponding magnetic lineaments on the Tembo property lead us to believe that there may be many more ‘hidden’ gold bearing structures, such as this one at Mwasabuka, that will require investigation and exploration in due course, as identified in our recent studies.

“An additional encouraging feature is the consistent high grades encountered in artisanal material. We are confident that our drill programs will continue to intersect these zones as we systematically test beneath the workings,” says Scott.

Reconnaissance confirms structural zone persists (Tembo Gold in Tanzania is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week)   

A recent announcement by Tembo Gold highlights the targets Barrick has identified, which includes this zone and other subparallel structures trending into the Tembo licence.

This zone lies immediately to the northwest of the Bulyanhulu target Sabuka referenced in Barrick’s recent presentations, which depicts the zone striking north-westwards onto the Tembo property.

According to Tembo Exploration Manager Hendrik Meiring, sampling and field reconnaissance confirm that the structural zone persists and that it is prospective within the company’s Prospecting License (PL) area.

“The current strike extent of the Mwasabuka workings confirm our scientific backed knowledge of this prospective trend extending into our license area. The workings confirm our plan to do more detail exploration in this area across our license,” says Meiring.

According to Meiring the excavations comprise a series of vertical, hand excavated shafts along a linear zone approximately 200m in strike.

“The linear trend of the shafts confirms that this gold mineralisation is located on a structure that is sub-parallel to, and along strike of the zone that hosts multiple mineralised structures at Bulyanhulu, including Reef 0, Reef 1 and Reef 2 orebodies,” says Meiring.

Target for initial drilling (Tembo Gold in Tanzania is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week)   

According to a statement by Tembo the results are particularly encouraging as this is an area not previously explored by Tembo and constitutes a new discovery and target for initial drilling.

“Further sampling of material from each shaft is underway to establish a clearer picture of the grade distribution along the structure.  Additional fieldwork is also being planned to confirm (where possible) the dip, lateral extent and thickness of the mineralised shear zone.

Aside from the presence of the artisanal shafts and mined rubble, there is no surface expression of the mineralisation due to the transported cover ubiquitous over the project area. Following the fieldwork, drill holes will be planned at Mwasabuka.

Tembo Gold in Tanzania is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week 

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Tembo Gold in Tanzania is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week

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