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TORONTO, July 2 /CNW/ - African Aura Resources Ltd. ("African Aura" or
the "Company", TSX-V: AAZ), a gold exploration company focused on sub-Saharan
Africa, is pleased to provide an update on its exploration projects in
- Visible gold reported in drill core at Kambele project, Batouri
- Trenching underway at Abiete prospect, Ntem licence
- Trenching planned at Kalardje prospect, Rey Bouba licence
- Appointment of Country Manager and Drilling Manager
Drilling progress on Batouri licence (1,000km(2))
As of 30th June the Company's two diamond drill rigs are on holes KBDD012
and KBDD013 of an initial 50 hole drill programme at the Batouri gold project
in eastern Cameroon. The programme is testing the 3.5km long Kambele trend,
which in places is up to 500m wide, as defined by a greater than 250ppb gold-
in-soil contour that is co-incident with discontinuous hard rock artisanal
Visible gold has been reported in three holes logged to date - KBDD005,
006 and 011. The first hole (KBDD001) was drilled to test a structure defined
by geophysics in a low priority area but failed to intersect significant
mineralisation. Assay results for all subsequent holes are pending.
Elsewhere on the Batouri licence, regional soil sampling continues on a
200m x 200m spaced grid covering an area totalling 220km(2). This programme
has so far defined three additional prospects, including two areas coincident
with active hard rock artisanal mining exploiting gold in a series of
weathered quartz veins.
Trenching underway on Ntem licence (987km(2))
A trenching programme has been initiated across two sub-parallel
(approximately 250m apart) north-east striking zones on the Ntem licence in
south-west Cameroon. The target zones are approximately 1km long by 250m wide
as defined by a greater than 100ppb gold-in-soil contour generated by the
Company's soil sampling programme at the Abiete prospect. The zones, which
remain open along strike, are considered to be the source of alluvial gold
being worked by artisans in the principal drainages. The soil programme
comprised 900 samples collected at 50m intervals along 100m spaced lines
across an area selected on the basis of the Company's drainage sampling
programme. Soil sampling continues across an extended grid.
The Ntem licence targets Archaean greenstone belt hosted gold deposits
within areas of active artisanal gold mining and is accessible by tarmac and
laterite roads approximately 250km south east from the port city of Douala.
Trenching planned on Rey Bouba licence (992km(2))
Exploration at the Rey Bouba licence in northern Cameroon is targeting a
100km long splay of the Central African Shear Zone which transects Birimian
age volcano-sedimentary rocks in which five outcropping hard rock gold
occurrences have been mapped by the Company. Analysis of historical
geochemical data and geological mapping by Company geologists identified a
12km long structure which has been part tested by field teams employing a soil
programme comprising 332 samples collected at 50m intervals along 100m spaced
lines across an area of 1.5km(2).
As a result, systematic trenching is now planned at Kalardje where assay
results of the soil sampling have delineated a zone approximately 125m wide
and 700m long as defined by a greater than 100ppb gold-in-soil contour. The
zone remains open along strike and its potential will be tested by an extended
Appointment of Senior Managers
The Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Biddulph to
the position of Country Manager for operations in Cameroon. Mark brings many
years of experience to the Company, including over 11 years with Anglogold
Ashanti where his most recent position was Chief Geologist at the Obuasi mine
in Ghana. He holds a BSc Hons in Geology and GIS from Rhodes University, and a
GDE in Mining Engineering (Mineral Economics) from the University of
Witwatersrand in South Africa. Mark is a Professional Natural Scientist under
the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP).
The Company also announces the appointment of Henk Van Herk as a Drilling
Manager with responsibility for managing the Company's drilling programmes.
Henk is an Australian national with over 30 years diamond drilling experience.
John Gray, Chief Executive, commented:
"Drilling at the Company's flagship Batouri gold project is progressing
well with positive initial indications from the logging. In the meantime we
are pleased to announce new discoveries at Ntem and Rey Bouba, both of which
have highly prospective geology and constitute part of our significant
pipeline of gold projects in Cameroon. Separately, I would take this
opportunity to welcome Mark Biddulph and Henk Van Herk to the team."
The exploration results and further planned work in Cameroon have been
reviewed and approved by Mark Biddulph. He holds a BSc Hons in Geology, a GIS
from Rhodes University, and a GDE in Mining Engineering (Mineral Economics)
from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. Mark is a Professional
Natural Scientist under the South African Council for Natural Scientific
Professions (SACNASP) and a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101.
Quality Control and Sample Preparation
African Aura has a rigorous Quality Control Program (QCP) inserting a
minimum 5% standards, blanks and duplicates into the sample stream. The
Company employs independently owned and managed OMAC Laboratories for all its
assay requirements, including the preparation of pulps to 90% -100micron at
their in-country preparation facilities in Cameroon and Liberia, followed by
50gram fire assay (with lower detection limit of 2ppb Au) at their main
laboratory in Loughrea, Ireland. OMAC is accredited to ISO 17025 by INAB
(Irish National Accreditation Board) which is a member of ILAC (International
Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation), and is a signatory to the ILAC Mutual
Recognition Arrangement. OMAC operates an internal QA/QC check assay programme
using in-house standards, reagent blanks and duplicates.
About African Aura
African Aura (TSX-V: AAZ) has a 'first-mover' exploration strategy,
focused on the discovery of economic gold, iron and uranium deposits in sub-
Saharan Africa. The Company commenced exploration in 2004 and has established
a portfolio of exploration licences totalling approximately 7,800km(2),
targeting areas of active artisanal gold mining within Archaean greenstone and
Proterozoic volcano-sedimentary belts. The portfolio includes the Batouri gold
project in eastern Cameroon, the Fula Camp gold project in western Liberia,
and a pipeline of significant prospects for drill testing as well as numerous
other gold, uranium and iron ore targets that require follow up exploration.
For more information on African Aura we invite you to visit the Company's
website at www.african-aura.com.
This press release includes certain Forward-Looking Statements. All
statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein,
including without limitation, statements regarding potential mineralisation
and reserves, exploration results and future plans and objectives of African
Aura, are forward-looking statements that involve various known and unknown
risks and uncertainties as well as other factors. There can be no assurance
that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future
events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. The
Company has no obligation to update or modify such forward-looking statements,
either as a result of new information, future events or for any other reason,
and we expressly deny any such obligation in relation thereto. Important
factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from African
Aura's expectations are disclosed under the heading "Risk Factors" and
elsewhere in African Aura's reports and other documents filed from time-to-
time with the TSX Venture Exchange and other regulatory authorities in Canada.
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