THE DRILL SERGEANT: West Wits Mining (ASX: WWI) has received the assay results for a maiden diamond hole drilling program recently completed at the Number 11 Shaft project, which forms part of the company’s Soweto Cluster gold project in the Gauteng Province, South Africa.
West Wits explained the program was designed to test an unmined section of the Bird Reef, on which the Number 11 Shaft is located with an area called the White Reef representing the lowermost reef and major gold bearing horizon.
According to West Wits 13 of the 14 holes intersected the Bird Reef package encountering gold grades in all holes.
Of the 13 reef intersections, three holes did not intersect the target White Reef due to interference from a mafic sill.
The company indicated the Western zone will be explored by trenching.
Best intercepts from the program include:
0.29 metres at 10.2 grams per tonne gold;
0.14m at 9.99g/t gold;
0.21m at 7.15g/t gold; and
0.22m at 5.7g/t gold.
West Wits said the new drilling data will be incorporated into a pre-existing historic dataset of underground mining samples to facilitate the estimation of a new Mineral Resource for the Number 11 Shaft project.
“These new results confirm our interpretation that there is a significant extent of unmined Bird Reef centred around the historic position of the Number 11 Shaft,” West Wits chairman Michael Quinert said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.
“Excitingly 13 of the 14 holes intercepted the target mineralisation as planned and this gives us the confidence to commit to completing a new Resource Estimation for this portion of the project.
“We expect that the new estimation will be released to the Market within the coming few weeks.”
West Wits identified the Number 11 Shaft project as its current highest priority exploration prospect within the company’s 66.6 per cent-owned Soweto Cluster on the Central Rand portion of the famous Witwatersrand Goldfield.