Tanzanian Royalty Reports Very Positive Gold Results From RC Drill Program at Lunguya Project in Lake Victoria Goldfields

November 22nd, 2011

Tanzanian Royalty is pleased to announce that it has received extremely positive results from the recently completed Phase 2 Reverse Circulation (RC) drilling program on its Nyamakwenge Prospect, part of the Company’s Lunguya Gold Project in the Lake Victoria Goldfields of Tanzania. The drill program commenced in June 2011 and was completed at the end September.

Company Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, Joseph K. Kahama, describes the results as “among the best and most consistent we have received to date at Lunguya,” noting that “the bar has been set high for a follow-up drilling program that is planned to commence in February or March 2012 at the end of the current rainy season .”

“This certainly has the potential to become a significant new gold discovery, with grade tenors and intercept thicknesses comparable to our flagship Buckreef Project,” he adds.

The Phase 2 drill program consisted of 39 RC holes aggregating 4,145 metres. A total 0f 4,469 RC samples were collected during the program.

The objective of the program was to establish the strike and down-dip continuity of mineralization identified in a wide-spaced 2002 preliminary drill program on the Nyamakwenge reef system on 50m spaced lines. For comparative purposes, the following tables show the significant intersections from both the recent and the previous (2002) drilling programs conducted at the Nyamakwenge Prospect.

The results in the tables are segregated on the basis of drilling method (RC or Diamond Drill), and by zone (Reef 01, Reef 02, Rubble, HW splay). The intersections are estimated to be very close to true thicknesses with all the drill inclinations being -60 degrees and the dip of the reef being -22 degrees. All holes are drilled perpendicular to the assumed strike of the reef(s).

Lunguya DD/RC Assay Highlights – Recent Program

Hole ID

Sample Depth
(m)

Width
(m)

Assay

Zone

From

To

Grade (g/t)

LGRC013

34.00

36.00

2.00

2.11

Reef 01

LGRC016

105.00

109.00

4.00

0.70

Reef 01

LGRC017

129.00

139.00

10.00

1.06

Reef 01

LGRC023

120.00

123.00

3.00

0.91

Reef 01

LGRC026

114.00

124.00

10.00

0.83

Reef 01

LGRC028

35.00

38.00

3.00

1.22

Reef 01

LGRC030

86.00

91.00

5.00

2.03

Reef 01

LGRC032

129.00

134.00

5.00

1.95

Reef 01

LGRC038

114.00

120.00

6.00

4.53

Reef 01

LGRC042

117.00

120.00

3.00

0.93

Reef 01

LGRC043

130.00

133.00

3.00

1.76

Reef 01

LGRC017

89.00

92.00

3.00

1.26

Reef 02

LGRC035

118.00

123.00

5.00

1.36

Reef 02

LGRC039

116.00

119.00

3.00

1.14

Reef 02

LGRC040

118.00

124.00

6.00

1.65

Reef 02

LGRC016

47.00

50.00

3.00

0.99

HW splay

LGRC023

58.00

62.00

4.00

2.04

HW splay

LGRC024

43.00

45.00

2.00

1.65

HW splay

LGRC025

83.00

85.00

2.00

1.22

HW splay

 DD = Diamond Drilling
RC = Reverse Circulation Drilling
HW = Hanging Wall

Lunguya DD/RC Assay Highlights – 2002 Program

Hole ID 

Sample Depth
(m)

Width
(m)

Assay

Zone

From

To

Grade (g/t)

Reef 01

LGDD-002

74.00

75.50

1.50

1.22

Reef 01

LGDD-003

94.50

97.80

3.30

6.82

Reef 01

LGDD-008

68.50

73.50

5.00

1.21

Reef 01

LGDD-009

91.50

93.00

1.50

1.30

Reef 01

LGDD-010

1.00

3.60

2.60

10.96

Rubble

LGRC-001

78.00

80.00

2.00

2.09

Reef 01

LGRC-003

17.00

22.00

5.00

1.14

Reef 01

LGRC-004

19.00

21.00

2.00

1.26

Reef 01

LGRC-005

20.00

30.00

10.00

1.74

Reef 01

LGRC-006

3.00

6.00

3.00

1.59

Rubble

LGDD-004

29.60

32.00

2.40

2.29

Reef 02

LGDD-006

85.10

88.00

2.90

0.85

Reef 02

LGDD-010

1.00

3.60

2.60

10.96

Rubble

LGDD-010

21.00

24.50

3.50

7.27

Reef 02

LGDD-011

44.10

49.80

5.70

1.43

Reef 02

LGRC-002

21.00

24.00

3.00

4.02

Reef 02

 

Geology

The gold mineralization at Nyamakwenge is structurally controlled and hosted in quartz-veined sericite-schist shear zones which cut through the granite and basalt. The main mineralization is located in strain zones developed in sheared granite and the overall sulphide content is moderate to low.

Reef 01 is relatively homogeneous in terms of grade distribution and shows consistency along strike and down dip. The reef has a shallow dip to the WNW and an average dip angle of 40°. The average width is 4.33m with an average grade of 1.69g/t over a strike length of approximately 460m. The reef has been drilled to an average depth of 154m and the zone is still open-ended to the NNE. Sectional interpretation indicates possible depth continuity that will definitely warrant further deep drilling.

Reef 02 is located in the hanging wall and dips steeply over 50 degrees near surface but flattens out to approximately 25 degrees at depth. The reef has an average width of 3.25m, an average grade of 1.77g/t, and extends over a strike length of approximate 365m. The reef has been drilled to an average depth of 120m. The zone is still open-ended to the NNE and sectional interpretation indicates possible depth continuity that still warrants further deep drilling. Both zones are displaced by late WNW-ESE trending regional faulting in the southwestern sector of the prospect.

The drilling has also identified two narrow minor reefs that occur as “splays” in the hanging wall. Approximately 500m away from the last drill-hole section, inactive but extensive artisanal workings have been mapped, suggesting the mineralized zones could widen in this area.

Other Targets at Lunguya

Apart from the Nyamakwenge prospect, two more targets, the Kahanda North soil anomaly and the Kalole area remain to be evaluated. The Kahanda North prospect reveals a consistent 1.3km long gold-in-soil anomaly within a favorable NW-SE trend. This trend is similar to that of Barrick’s nearby Bulyanhulu gold mine and adjacent Bulyanhulu south mineralization, the former being one of the largest gold producers in Tanzania. The north-northeast extension of the known mineralization at Nyamakwenge prospect has also been flagged for follow-up work.

Future Plans

Following a detailed evaluation of the Lunguya drill results, the Company’s geological staff are preparing plans for a Phase 3 exploration program at Lunguya subject to the availability of drilling equipment which is at a premium in the Lake Victoria region at the present time. According to James E. Sinclair, President and CEO, “We are looking at every available option to secure equipment at competitive rates, recognizing that building resources in the ground will ultimately secure the Company’s future.”

Analysis

Fire assay with flame AAS finish was conducted by SGS Laboratories in Mwanza. Duplicates and Standards were inserted in the sample stream approximately every 20 samples. The planning, execution and monitoring of quality control programs at the Lunguya Gold project are under the supervision of Mr. Charles Mnguto (P.Geo.) who is the Head of Geology for TRX.

Qualified Person

The Company’s Qualified Person, Mr. Peter Zizhou, has reviewed and approved the contents of this news release. Mr. Zizhou is the General Manager (Exploration & Administration) of Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Corporation Limited. He has a Master of Science (Exploration Geology) degree from the University of Zimbabwe (2000) and is a registered scientist with SACNASP (Reg. No.400028/08).

Respectfully Submitted,
Joseph Kahama

Chairman and Chief Operating Officer (Tanzania)

 

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