Tanzanian Royalty Announces High Grade Assay Results From Drilling Program at Buckreef Project in Lake Victoria Goldfields of Tanzania

February 6th, 2012

Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Corporation is pleased to report additional high grade assay results from the ongoing reverse circulation and diamond drilling program at its Buckreef Gold Project in the Lake Victoria Goldfields of Tanzania.

 Diamond drill hole BMDD108 returned 16m grading 2.23 g/t gold from 149m, including a high grade section of  2.0m averaging 7.03 g/t  from 163m. In addition, the hole contained 5.0m grading 1.04 g/t from 170m, including 1.0m @ 3.86 g/t from 170m in sheared and altered felsic porphyry.

Diamond drill hole BMDD109 included 35.35m grading 2.75g/t gold from 131.65m,  including 6.35m @ 5.75 g/t from 131.65m, 4.7m @ 4.33 g/t from 158.3m;  1.0m @ 3.91 g/t  from 104m; and  2.0 m @  0.55 g/t from 212m.

Hole BMDD110 was drilled in the Hanging Wall Zone of the Main Buckreef deposit and included 4.0m grading 1.08 g/t from 16m, including 1.0m @ 3.16g/t from 17m in sheared dolerite with sulphides. In addition, the hole reported 2.0m @ 1.09 g/t from 107m. 

Hole BMDD110 also targeted the down dip potential in the Main Zone, returning 30m grading 2.66 g/t gold at 145m, including 2.0m @ 6.5g/t from 169m, including 5.0m @ 4.06g/t from 153m. The deepest segment of this hole returned 2.0m @ 1.77g/t from 197m in sheared, altered dolerite intercalated with felsic porphyry and milky white late quartz veins.

Several deep holes were drilled in the vertical to sub-vertical Buckreef Main ore shoot by previous operators, some of which extended up to 400m down-dip in depth. Most of these holes serve to define existing resources in the Inferred resource category. The currently planned down dip test holes are intended to upgrade some of the Inferred resource at Buckreef to the Indicated category.

Approximately 10 more holes remain to be drilled at Buckreef Main to test the zone’s down dip potential which ranges in depth from 200m to 400m. The zone appears to increase in thickness at depth, with high grade gold values reported in several intercepts. Holes BMDD109 and BMDD 110 are specifically intended to test this depth potential. The holes above are estimated to be approximately 60% of true width.

The drilling on the Buckreef Footwall and Hanging Wall zones is expected to increase pit wall limits and increase resources all of which will be inputted into the Definitive Feasibility Study.

The main mineralized shear zone at Buckreef includes the Buckreef Main Zone, Buckreef North Zone and Buckreef South Zone all of which are constrained between two cross-cutting faults. The Buckreef Footwall and Hanging Wall zones are developed on either side of the Buckreef Main Zone as shear zone fault splays. The near-surface intercepts on the Hanging Wall and Footwall Zones are developed in the oxide zone and within quartz-carbonate-pyrite altered zones that offer the best opportunity to improve the size of the proposed open pit.

“The latest results from the ongoing drill program suggest that the FW and HW zones could significantly increase the existing Buckreef resource and the potential for further success,” says Joseph K. Kahama, Chairman and Chief Operating Officer (Tanzania).  “The deep mining potential will be established from the down dip drilling on the Main Zone which is also aimed at upgrading the current Inferred resource at Buckreef.”

“We are greatly encouraged by the high grade values we are seeing in the holes which in most cases  are better than anything drilled by previous operators,” he adds.

The geology within these HW and FW mineralised zones is mainly sheared basalt, sheared dolerites or sheared felsic porphyry accompanied with moderate to strong quartz-carbonate-pyrite alterations. In general, the degree of alteration dictates the grade of the mineralization.


Samples from RC and diamond drill-holes were submitted to SGS Lab in Mwanza for 50g fire assay (FA) with AAS finish (0.01ppm LLD). Duplicates and Standards were inserted in the sample stream approximately every 20 samples. The average percentage of recovery core is 95%.  The planning, execution and monitoring of quality control programs at the Buckreef Gold project are under the supervision of Messrs. Charles Mnguto and Phillip Kaniki who are both registered Professional Geologists. Charles is the Head of Geology while Phillip is the Geology Resource Manager for the Company.

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 & Admin) of Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Corporation.  He has a Master of Science (Exploration Geology) degree from theUniversityofZimbabwe(2000) and is a registered scientist with SACNASP (Reg. No.400028/08).

Respectfully Submitted,

James E. Sinclair

President and CEO

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