Kokoseb Gold Project, Namibia
The Kokoseb Gold Project is located in north-west Namibia approximately 320km by road from the capital city of Windhoek. Kokoseb lies within the Okombahe Exploration Licence, which is held under joint venture by WIA (80%) and the Namibian state-owed mining company, Epangelo.
The Okombahe EL is part of WIA’s broader Damaran Belt tenure in Namibia, which consists of 12 tenements across a total area of over 2,700km2.
Namibia is a leading African mining jurisdiction, being politically and socially stable, and possessing well-developed infrastructure including roads, rails and ports. It has a long and established history as a major producer of uranium, diamonds, and base metals, as well as hosting several high-quality gold mines including Otjikoto (B2Gold) and Navachab (QKR). Namibia also consistently ranks as one of the premier African investment jurisdictions in the annual Fraser Institute Mining survey.
The Kokoseb gold deposit lies within the Northern Central Zone of the Pan-African Damaran Orogenic Belt. The Project area is underlain by neo-Proterozoic metasediments of the Arandis, Karibib and Kuiseb Formations of the Swakop Group. Gold mineralisation is found in the Kuiseb
Formation metasediments which are extensively intruded by both late syn-tectonic and post tectonic granites, and minor N-S to NNE-SSW trending mafic dykes. There is generally moderately to good exposure throughout the licence area though, the Kuiseb formation tends to only sub-outcrop and is commonly covered by thin soil, colluvium or pisolitic calcrete up to 2m thick.
Within the Kokoseb area, the Kuiseb schist forms a domal feature cored by a post tectonic leucogranite, the “Central Granite Pluton”, which consists predominantly of medium grained quartz, K-feldspar and plagioclase, with accessory biotite, muscovite, magnetite, garnet and tourmaline. Granite dykes, granitic veinlets and pegmatites cross cutting the Kuiseb schist represent the same granite phase or later granitic phases. Gold mineralisation wraps around this pluton in a roughly arcuate form of 3km diameter. A coarse grained, pre-syn tectonic, porphyritic-feldspar granite encloses the mineralised schists in the west, east and northeast. The schist units consist of poorly foliated, dark grey, quartz/plagioclase/K-feldspar rich, biotite bearing, schist and black, better foliated biotite schists.
Gold mineralisation, present as native gold grains and lesser silver bearing gold grains, is spatially associated with sulphides dominated by pyrrhotite, löllingite and arsenopyrite in order of abundance.
Preliminary soil sampling and trenching programs identified a large, coherent +100ppb gold anomaly at Kokoseb in late 2021.
Initial testing of this anomaly was undertaken via a small-scale reconnaissance diamond drilling program during Q2 2022, consisting of 12 holes for 1,747 metres drilled. The return of multiple thick, shallow, high-grade intercepts from this program demonstrated the potential for a major gold deposit to exist at Kokoseb.
This was followed by a Reverse Circulation (RC) drilling program that commenced in June 2022 and comprised 90 RC holes for 17,749 metres of broad-scale, along-strike reconnaissance of the Kokoseb surface anomaly, followed by infill sections over the main zones identified for initial resource definition purposes.
Initial Mineral Resource Estimate
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During May 2023, WIA declared a maiden Mineral Resource Estimate (MRE) for Kokoseb of 1.3 Moz at 1.0 g/t Au (0.5 g/t Au cut-off grade). This initial MRE included a higher-grade component of 0.72 Moz at 1.5 g/t Au (1.0 g/t Au cut-off grade).
The initial MRE was delivered within a very rapid 12 months of drilling the initial discovery holes at Kokoseb. The Kokoseb deposit also boasts one of the lowest discovery costs globally, standing at approximately US$2/oz of contained gold in resource.
Positive Initial Metallurgy
Preliminary metallurgical test results have returned excellent gold recoveries above 91% via gravity and standard direct leach process, confirming the clear development potential of Kokoseb.
Latent Further Growth Potential
WIA has identified multiple routes to substantial further growth in the Kokoseb MRE.
Extensional RC drilling post the initial MRE declaration continues to deliver thick, high-grade intercepts beneath and down-dip of existing MRE pit shells, including 37m at 9.46 g/t Au from 291m (including 15m at 17.13 g/t Au from 292m). Discovery of such a coherent zone of very high-grade mineralisation at still relatively shallow depths has opened a new and exciting chapter for the overall scale and grade potential at Kokoseb.
Drilling also continues to target along-strike extension into the Exploration Target zone that sits between the defined Western and Southern Zones of the Kokoseb deposit.