THE DRILL SERGEANT: African Gold (ASX: A1G) recently completed a maiden drill program for the preliminary assessment of the Kirchon and Grand Filon prospects on the company’s Sitakili Permit in West Mali.
African Gold outlined the objective of this program being to target systematically testing of a portion of what it considers to appear to be a very large system.
The drilling aimed to look beyond the obvious known gold lodes outcropping in artisanal workings dotting the landscape of the project, as well as defining areas of potential thicker and higher-grade shoots within these known lodes, broader disseminated zones and different orientations and structural styles to understand mineralisation.
The company declared the results to be extremely encouraging with all 16 holes returning shallow anomalous gold intercepts, including:
9 metres at 5.17 grams per tonne gold from 54m;
3m at 3.07g/t gold from 40m and 2m at 4.71g/t gold from 59m;
6m at 3.35g/t gold from 53m;
6m at 5.8g/t gold from 126m and 3m at 2.34g/t gold from 117m; and
6m at 1.97g/t gold from 42m.
Mineralisation remains open in all directions.
African Gold indicated it has follow up drilling in the pipeline at Sitakili that is expected to commence in the coming quarter.
A maiden shallow reconnaissance drilling program is also being undertaken at the nearby Bourdala, BouBou and Tintinba-Nord Permits, from which results are anticipated over the coming weeks.
“We are extremely encouraged by the multiple high-grade gold results from this initial drill program at our new Sitakili Permit in West Mali,” African Gold exploration manager and CEO Glen Edwards said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.
“This region of the Kedougo-Kenieba Inlier is host to a number of world class gold mines and we are fortunate to have acquired a significant landholding in this highly sort after region.
“These first pass drill results point towards what could be a significant gold system with gold mineralisation open both along strike and down dip.
“We look forward to further results from our recent drilling and geochemical programs in the coming weeks and are already planning follow up drilling based on these results.”