Mkango Intersects Extensive Zones of Rare Earths Mineralisation at the Songwe Hill Project in Malawi


Aug. 21, 2018, 02:00 AM

LONDON and CALGARY, Alberta, Aug. 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mkango Resources Ltd. (AIM / TSXV: MKA) (the “Company” or “Mkango”) is pleased to announce results for the first eight holes totaling 944 metres of its targeted 10,000 metre diamond drilling programme at the Songwe Hill Rare Earths Project (“Songwe”) in Malawi. The drilling programme is a key component of the ongoing Feasibility Study for Songwe. Highlights from the new results are as follows:

PX062 147.2 m1 grading 1.6% Total Rare Earth Oxides (TREO) (5.3 – 152.5 m end of hole (EoH)). Inclined hole (70 degrees east).
PX065 91.0 m2 grading 1.5% TREO (0.0 – 91.0 m) including 27.0 m2 grading 2.0% TREO (23.0 – 50.0 m). Inclined hole (60 degrees west).
PX047 51.8 m grading 1.6% TREO (16.2 – 68.0 m). Inclined hole (60 degrees west).
PX046 48.0 m grading 1.2% TREO (4.0 – 52.0 m). Inclined hole (60 degrees south).
PX045b 9.2 m grading 2.0% TREO (6.1 – 15.3 m) and 27.5 m grading 1.5% TREO (30.5 – 58.0 m EoH). Vertical hole.
PX042 19.1 m grading 1.0% TREO (18.0 – 37.1 m). Inclined hole (60 degrees west).
PX036 42.8 m grading 1.3% TREO (87.3 – 130.1 m EoH) including 6.7 m grading 2.2% TREO (123.4 – 130.1 m EoH). Inclined hole (60 degrees west).

1 Includes a 2.0m cavity not sampled. 2 Includes a 2.7m cavity not sampled. TREO: total rare earth oxides based on total La2O3, Ce2O3, Pr2O3, Nd2O3, Sm2O3, Eu2O3, Gd2O3, Tb2O3, Dy2O3, Ho2O3, Er2O3, Tm2O3, Yb2O3, Lu2O3, Y2O3. These intersections are reported as down hole widths and do not necessarily represent true thicknesses and attitude of the mineralised zones, the estimation of which will require further refining of the geological model.

William Dawes, Chief Executive Officer, commented: “These are an excellent first set of results from the current programme and we look forward to announcing results from the remaining approximately 75 drill holes as they become available. The drill programme and planned resource update are fully funded following investments by Talaxis Limited totalling £6 million in January 2018. Talaxis will invest a further £7 million to fund completion of the Feasibility Study for Songwe on Mkango publishing a NI 43-101 technical report in relation to the resource update.

  • The drill programme is focused on infill drilling to confirm and upgrade the existing Indicated and Inferred Mineral Resource Estimates, testing extensions to the mineralisation and geotechnical drilling.
  • All eight drill holes intersected rare earth mineralisation, with the table above highlighting intersections averaging 1% TREO or more.
  • Drill holes PX065, PX062, PX046, PX047, PX042 and PX045b above were focused on infill drilling. Intersections of broad zones of mineralisation, as opposed to narrow veins or dykes, continue to support the concept of a bulk tonnage, open pit mining operation with low mining costs.
  • Drill hole PX036 was focused on testing the southerly extension of mineralisation. The significance of the more than 42 m of mineralisation intersected by PX036 at depth (87.3 – 130.1 m), including 6.7 metres grading 2.2% TREO to the end of the hole (130.1m), is being evaluated. This was the first hole in the project’s history to be drilled in the area near the summit of Songwe Hill. Another hole testing the southerly extension of mineralisation, PX037, did not reach the target depth.
  • A total of 8,466 metres of drilling, comprising 70 drill holes, has now been completed as at August 20, 2018.

A schematic geological map illustrating the location of the drill hole collars and estimated drill hole traces is available on the Company’s website (

The breakdown of TREO values reported above are as follows:

Drill Hole From To Interval La2O3 Ce2O3 Pr2O3 Nd2O3 Sm2O3 Eu2O3 Gd2O3 Tb2O3 Dy2O3 Ho2O3 Er2O3 Tm2O3 Yb2O3 Lu2O3 Y2O3 TREO
m m m ppm ppm ppm ppm ppm ppm ppm ppm ppm ppm ppm ppm ppm ppm ppm %
PX062   5.3   152.5   147.2  (i)   4,226   7,157   736   2,524   364   96   225   27   113   18   43   5   30   4   512 1.6%
(i) Includes 2.0m cavity not sampled.
PX065 0.0   91.0   91.0  (i)   3,600   6,594   689   2,352   319   83   191   23   107   17   41   5   29   4   489 1.5%
including   23.0   50.0   27.0  (i)   5,595   9,574   954   3,020   370   91   196   21   88   13   27   3   16   2   329 2.0%
(i) Includes 2.7m cavity not sampled.
PX047   16.2   68.0   51.8   3,606   7,149   800   2,877   415   115   280   36   179   29   70   9   47   6   807 1.6%
PX046   4.0   52.0   48.0   2,486   5,129   577   2,104   317   92   227   30   146   25   60   8   47   6   703 1.2%
PX045b   6.1   15.3   9.2   5,257   8,278   806   2,752   469   136   330   44   224   42   118   18   112   14   1,318 2.0%
  30.5   58.0   27.5   3,876   6,232   617   2,075   337   98   240   30   144   25   61   8   46   6   737 1.5%
PX042   18.0   37.1   19.1   2,490   4,263   440   1,496   235   70   174   23   112   18   41   5   31   4   486 1.0%
PX036   87.3   130.1   42.8   2,821   5,648   636   2,279   295   67   141   15   77   15   41   6   35   5   483 1.3%
including   123.4   130.1   6.7   5,540   10,403   1,078   3,582   391   83   162   15   65   11   29   4   28   4   357 2.2%

Scientific and technical information contained in this release including sampling, analytical, and test data underlying the information has been approved and verified by Dr. Scott Swinden of Swinden Geoscience Consultants Ltd, who is a “Qualified Person” in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.

Sample preparation and analytical work for the drilling and channel sampling programmes are being provided by Intertek-Genalysis Laboratories (Perth, Australia) employing ICP-MS techniques suitable for rare earth element (REE) analyses and following strict internal QAQC procedures inserting duplicates, blanks and standards. Internal Laboratory QAQC was also completed to include blanks, standards and duplicates.

About Mkango Resources Limited

Mkango’s primary business is exploration for rare earth elements and associated minerals in the Republic of Malawi, a country whose hospitable people have earned it a reputation as “the warm heart of Africa”. The Company holds interests in three exclusive prospecting licenses in Malawi, the Phalombe licence, the Thambani licence and the Chimimbe Hill licence.

The main exploration target in the 80% held Phalombe licence is the Songwe Hill rare earths’ deposit, which features carbonatite-hosted rare earth mineralisation and was subject to previous exploration in the late 1980s. Mkango completed an updated Pre-Feasibility Study for the project in November 2015 and a Feasibility Study is currently underway, the initial phases of which include a major drilling programme.

Under the terms of an agreement with Talaxis, Talaxis will fully fund the Feasibility Study for Songwe by investing £12 million for a 49% interest in the project (via Mkango subsidiary Lancaster Exploration Ltd). Talaxis will also have the option to acquire a further 26% interest by arranging funding for project development including funding the equity component thereof. If Talaxis exercises its option, Mkango will retain a 25% interest, free carried to production. To-date, Talaxis has invested £5 million, which is funding the initial phase of the Feasibility Study, for a 20% interest in the project with Mkango holding 80%.

By investing a further £2 million, Talaxis will acquire a 49% interest in Maginito Ltd, a new subsidiary of Mkango focused on neodymium alloy powders, magnets and other technologies. This includes the collaboration with Metalysis Ltd announced in September 2017, which is focused on advanced alloys using neodymium or praseodymium with other elements for permanent magnet manufacturing. Permanent magnets are critical materials for most electric vehicles, direct drive wind turbines and many other high growth applications. Neodymium is a key rare earth component at Songwe. To date, Talaxis has invested £1 million for a 24.5% interest in Maginito with Mkango holding 75.5%.

The main exploration targets in Mkango’s remaining two 100% held licences are, in the Thambani licence, uranium, niobium, tantalum and zircon and, in the Chimimbe Hill licence, nickel and cobalt.

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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements (within the meaning of that term under applicable securities laws) with respect to Mkango, its business and the Project. Generally, forward looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects” or “is expected”, “scheduled”, “estimates” “intends”, “anticipates”, “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases, or statements that certain actions, events or results “can”, “may”, “could”, “would”, “should”, “might” or “will”, occur or be achieved, or the negative connotations thereof. Forward looking statements in this news release include statements with respect to the global market for products using the rare earth metals the Company is exploring for, completion of the feasibility study and of the transactions contemplated in the Agreement, as well as the use of proceeds from the investments into the Company by Talaxis and the timing of such expenditures. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, as there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which they are based will occur. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions, known and unknown risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, that contribute to the possibility that the predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not occur, which may cause actual performance and results in future periods to differ materially from any estimates or projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors and risks include, without limiting the foregoing, market demand for the metals and associated downstream products for which Mkango is exploring, researching and developing, the positive results of a feasibility study on the Project, delays in obtaining financing or governmental or stock exchange approvals. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as of the date of this news release. Except as required by law, the Company disclaims any intention and assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. Additionally, the Company undertakes no obligation to comment on the expectations of, or statements made by, third parties in respect of the matters discussed above.

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