Witwatersrand Consolidated Gold Resources Limited
('Wits Gold' or the 'Company')
Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa
(Registration Number 2002/031365/06)
JSE Share Code: WGR ISIN: ZAE000079703
TSX Share Code: WGR CUSIP Number: S98297104
- Indicated Resource for gold increases by 27% for the De Bron - Merriespruit (DBM) Project
- Shallow mineralisation in multiple reefs commencing at 480 metres below surface
- High grade zone of mineralisation (above a 600cm.g/t cut-off) now contain an Indicated Resource of 13.8Mt at 8.1g/t Au (3.6Moz Au),an increase in ounces of 50% over that previously reported
- Uranium Indicated Resource (above a gold cut-off of 300cm.g/t) increases by 35% to 21.7Mt at 0.17kg/t U3O8(8.2Mlbs U3O8)
- Independent pre-feasibility study on track for completion in May 2012
JOHANNESBURG, Jan. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Witwatersrand Consolidated Gold Resources or "Wits Gold" (JSE&TSX: WGR; ADR: WIWTY) is pleased to announce a revised Mineral Resource model for the De Bron-Merriespruit (DBM) Project in the Southern Free State goldfield, South Africa. This follows the completion of an 11-hole pre-feasibility drilling programme, the results of which were released in a SENS announcement dated 23 November 2011.
The previous Mineral Resource Estimate, released in February 2011, was used by Turgis Consulting (Pty) Limited ("Turgis") to complete a preliminary economic assessment or scoping study at the DBM Project. The results of this positive scoping study, undertaken independently by Andrew Pooley (the "Qualified Person") from Turgis with the participation of George Gilchrist and Chris Jones from Snowden Mining Industry Consultants ("Snowden"), were outlined in a SENS announcement released on 23 June 2011. The Independent NI43-101 Technical Report dated 5 August 2011, entitled "Preliminary Assessment of the De-Bron-Merriespruit Project (DBM Project), South Africa" can be viewed at www.sedar.com and on the Wits Gold website.
The scoping study was undertaken on the Indicated Resource only and did not include some 40% of the total DBM Mineral Resource that was classified as an Inferred Resource. The Turgis scoping study recommended an appropriate drilling programme be undertaken with the aim of converting the Inferred Resource into the Indicated category for pre-feasibility study purposes. The results from the latest drilling were used to revise the Mineral Resource model at the DBM Project during December 2011 by Snowden. A NI43-101 technical report is being finalised and will be filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com within 45 days.
Using an accumulation cut-off of 300cm.g/t Au, the Indicated Resource on the Beatrix, Kalkoenkrans, B and Leader Reefs has increased by 27% to 41.8Mt at 5.5g/t Au (7.5Moz Au),with Inferred Resource commensurately decreasing by 19% to 19.5Mt at 5.4g/t Au (3.4Moz Au). These compare to the Resource Estimates disclosed in Wits Gold's NI43-101 compliant technical report dated April 6, 2011 and entitled "Witwatersrand Consolidated Gold Resources Limited: Mineral Properties in the DBM Project, South Africa", prepared by George Gilchrist of Snowden which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and the Wits Gold website.
Included within the updated global Mineral Resource is an Indicated Resource of 13.8Mt at 8.1g/t Au (3.6Moz Au) and an Inferred Resource of 5.5Mt at 8.1g/t Au (1.4Moz Au) using an accumulation cut-off of 600cm.g/t. The resource model indicates that the bulk of this higher grade zone occurs between 480 and 1000 metres below surface.
Wits Gold currently holds the rights to uranium over the southern portion of the DBM Project area only. This contains an estimated Indicated Resource (reported above a gold accumulation cut-off of 300cm.g/t) of 21.7Mt at 0.17kg/t U3O8 (8.2Mlbs U3O8) in addition to an Inferred Resource of 12.5Mt at 0.17 kg/t (4.6Mlbs U3O8). The total uranium content has increased by some 31% from the previously reported figures, partly due to the granting of uranium rights over the Floriana area in the east. The viability of producing uranium as a by-product will be considered in the pre-feasibility study. The rights to uranium over the Merriespruit portion of the DBM Project are under application with the Department of Mineral Resources.
Commenting on the revised resource model Wits Gold CEO, Mr Philip Kotze said, "This significant increase in the Indicated Resource reported at the DBM Project proves the robustness of this shallow deposit. The coherent higher grades at shallow depth imply higher initial returns, which mean quicker capital payback. We are eagerly anticipating the outcome of the pre-feasibility study, and remain confident that the DBM Project will demonstrate exceptional returns for our investors".
Mineral Resource Statement
The updated Mineral Resource Estimate for the DBM project using an accumulation cut-off of 300cm.g/t Au are set out below. They are reported in accordance with the Canadian Institute of Mining Definition Standards and the SAMREC Code. The Mineral Resource Estimate was prepared by George Gilchrist, who is a full time employee of Snowden and independent of Wits Gold. Mr Gilchrist is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Mr Gilchrist (B.Sc Geology) is a registered Professional Natural Scientist ("Pr.Sci.Nat.") with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professionals ("SACNASP") and has more than 11 years of experience in gold exploration and Mineral Resource estimation. Mr Gilchrist has verified the information contained in this news release. The independent technical report will be filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com within 45 days.
| Indicated Gold
| Indicated Uranium
| Inferred Gold
| Inferred Uranium
|Exploration activities by Wits Gold at the DBM Project have been conducted under the supervision of Mr Dirk Muntingh, the Company's Qualified Person and Exploration Manager. Mr Muntingh (M.Sc Geology) is a registered Pr.Sci.Nat with SACNASP and has 20 years of experience in gold exploration. Mr Muntingh has reviewed and approved this news release.|
Information concerning the geology, mineral occurrences, nature of mineralisation, rock types, quality assurance and quality control measures applied, geological controls, sampling data, analytical or testing procedures and the names of analytical laboratories used are communicated in Wits Gold's filed NI 43-101 Independent Technical Report dated April 6, 2011, entitled "Witwatersrand Consolidated Gold Resources Limited: Mineral Properties in the DBM Project, South Africa", prepared by George Gilchrist of Snowden Mining Industry Consultants which can be viewed at www.sedar.com.
Forward Looking Information
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Forward looking information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from the future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward looking information. Such risks, uncertainties and other important factors include among others: economic, business and political conditions in South Africa; decreases in the market price of gold; hazards associated with underground and surface gold mining; the ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; labour disruptions; changes in laws and government regulations, particularly environmental regulations and mineral rights legislation including risks relating to the acquisition of the necessary licences and permits; changes in exchange rates; currency devaluations and inflation and other macro-economic factors; risk of changes in capital and operating costs, financing, capitalisation and liquidity risks, including the risk that the financing required to fund all currently planned exploration and related activities may not be available on satisfactory terms, or at all; the ability to maximise the value of any economic resources. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release.
You should not place undue importance on forward-looking information and should not rely upon this information as of any other date. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this document or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events except where required by applicable laws.
For further information:
|Philip Kotze||Hethen Hira|
|Chief Executive Officer||Executive: Investor Relations|
|Tel: +27 11 832 1749||Tel: +27 11 832 1749|