25 April 2014

Mozambique: "positive Results" in Survey of Jangamo Mineral Sands

Maputo — The British based mining company Savannah Resources has announced “positive” results from a ground magnetic test survey of the Jangamo heavy mineral sands deposit in the southern Mozambican province of Inhambane.

A release from Savannah describes the deposit as “world class”, and says it should be possible to detect the “geophysical signature” of the deposit using an airborne platform. This would allow Savannah “to rapidly advance exploration at a lower cost”.

Hence a helicopter-borne magnetic and radiometric survey is planned in early May across the 180 square kilometre area licensed to Savannah. This, the release says, “will define the extent of the heavy mineral sands system and any re-worked strand lines, which are likely to carry higher grades”.

Cited in the release, the Savannah chief executive David Archer explained: "The success of the ground magnetic test programme over the anomalous drill holes returned from the scout drilling programme is very important to the overall speed and cost of the exploration programme for the Jangamo project”.

“The heliborne magnetic survey will help us define the overall mineralised system and more importantly any potential re-worked strand lines, which will carry higher grade heavy mineral sands”, he added. “The project is now poised for further positive results as our 2014 exploration programme is rolled out.”

Heavy mineral sands contain such ores as ilmenite (titanium iron oxide), rutile (titanium dioxide), and zircon (zirconium silicate).

The license for the Jangamo deposit was originally held by the Mozambican company Matilda Minerals. Savannah acquired an 80 per cent interest in Matilda Minerals in October 2013.

Copyright © 2014 Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.