-- TRC0423: 10.17g/t Au over 6m from 36.0m including 19.1g/t over 3m.
-- TDD0107: 16.58g/t Au over 3.55m from 43.88m and 27.88g/t over 3m from 65.90m; and-- TDD0101: 78.1 g/t Au over 1.00m from 294.00m.
At Ngula 2, initial structural DD holes failed to intersect the high-grade mineralization being exploited by artisanal miners. RC fences along the Iyenze trend intersected low-grade mineralization and further drilling along the structure will be considered.
When the NI 43-101 was submitted in May 2011, the Tembo project consisted of six valid prospecting licenses and 28 prospecting license applications. Subsequently, all applications (with one exception in a non-priority area) were granted. There are currently 95.5km2 of valid prospecting licenses and approximately 5.5km2 under application. This is a significant improvement in the license tenure status and ensures that all current targets fall within secure license areas. There are four pending license applications for new licenses, none of which fall within the current target area where the drilling program is focused.
Tembo has achieved significant corporate accomplishments since July 15, 2011 when the new management and Board of Directors assumed control. Tembo was successfully recapitalized in the fall/winter of 2011/2012 with over C$17M of funds raised and all outstanding debts cleared. A successful relisting of the company on the TSX Venture Exchange in February 2012 followed and additional funding was successfully raised at the end of 2012.
In Tanzania, the company successfully established an office and working camp, and has built key relationships with government and local communities. The exploration program has been executed by geologists from The Mineral Corporation, and we recently strengthened our exploration team with the addition of Peter Haworth as Exploration Manager and Jann Beresford as Senior Geologist.
Expert Consultant Engaged
Professor Nick Oliver (Director and Principal of Holcombe Coughlin Oliver, former Director and Professor at the Economic Geology Research Unit at James Cook University), a specialist in hydrothermal gold mineralization systems such as those of the Lake Victoria Goldfield, visited the Tembo project in November 2012. Professor Oliver recognized that Ngula 1 has potential to develop into a world-class gold deposit. He describes Ngula 1 as follows:
"The high quality geophysical datasets provide confidence that several E-W trending, metre- to 10m-scale wide, steep gold-rich envelopes will be continuous to significant depths, but the distribution of shallow gold domains within and around the steep zones requires ongoing attention."
Professor Oliver's findings have contributed to a fuller understanding of the controls and nature of the Ngula 1 mineralization and he provided important technical recommendations that are assisting targeting the next drilling phase and 3D modeling of the deposit in order to define a resource. Professor Oliver's assistance to the Tembo project has been invaluable and we plan to continue working with him as the project moves forward.
Community Integration and Engagement
Tembo, within its limited means as a junior exploration company, endeavors to be a responsible member of the communities within which it operates and seeks to establish strong, positive and mutually beneficial relationships. In so doing, it aims to achieve its social license to operate. Experienced consultants were engaged to assist the Company develop practical strategic plans to ensure continued, effective and open communication, and well-defined corporate participation in sustainable development projects. Our approach is strongly based on cooperative agreement and participation by all stakeholders. To this end the Company commenced initial support activities that included assisting with school construction and similar projects. A key endeavor is to help end the needless deaths of artisanal miners by improving unsafe mining conditions and practices, and the severe health damage they suffer from occupational hazards including noise, dust and the use of mercury.