Delrand Resources Limited

Delrand Resources Limited

May 02, 2011 20:00 ET

BRC DiamondCore Reports Iron Ore Exploration Results

Toronto, Canada -- May 3, 2011. BRC DiamondCore Ltd. ("BRC" or the "Company") (TSX -- BCD; JSE -- BCD) is pleased to announce that its joint venture with Rio Tinto Minerals Development Limited ("Rio Tinto") has discovered high grade haematite (a form of iron ore) in its exploration areas within Province Orientale, Democratic Republic of the Congo (the "DRC"). The drilling results for 1,032 metres of diamond drill holes, which are detailed below, revealed grades of 65.6% to 68.2% iron.

The Company owns 25% of the joint venture company that holds exploration permits which cover areas totalling approximately 4,550 square kilometres. Under the agreement with Rio Tinto, all iron ore exploration up to and including the completion of any feasibility study will be funded by Rio Tinto. The Company will not suffer any dilution during this period, such that the Company's 25% interest in the properties will be maintained during this period.

The exploration for iron ore is being carried out by Rio Tinto (or one of its affiliates) as operator. After the completion of any feasibility study, funding for the project is to be provided by Rio Tinto and BRC pro rata based on their respective interests in the joint venture company.

Initial geological research and exploration had indicated that the exploration permit areas, which hitherto had been largely unexplored using modern exploration methods, were highly prospective for the discovery of iron ore deposits. This assessment is supported by these initial results. First pass drilling has been completed on the Zatua 1 and 2 target areas with nine diamond drill holes totaling 1,032 metres. Six of these holes intercepted high grade haematite mineralization.

The target areas had been selected after a regional airborne magnetic survey had identified geophysical anomalies which subsequent ground follow up indicated to be associated with outcropping haematite mineralization. Mineralized intervals, where intercepted by a drill hole, range in thickness from 32 metres to 121 metres with both friable and massive textures being observed.

Analytical results have been received for the first six holes with values of 65.6%-68.2% Fe, 0.53%-2.99% Al2O3, 0.39%-2.4% SiO2 and 0.049%-0.969% P, with the elevated high phosphorous values appearing to be associated with recent weathering. Despite limited thicknesses in some of the holes, the results give encouragement that high grade haematite is present in the area.

Rio Tinto, as the operator, now intends to complete the helicopter supported reconnaissance over the remainder of the Bomokandi permit area beginning during May 2011.

Commenting on these results, Dr. Mike de Wit, President of BRC, said: "The results are encouraging and indicate that a significant iron ore project could potentially be developed in the area. The exploration programme by Rio Tinto, as operator, is continuing. We are very pleased to have Rio Tinto as our partner in the DRC for both our diamond and iron ore properties."

Qualified Person

Dr. Mike de Wit, President of the Company and a "qualified person" (as such term is defined in National Instrument 43-101), has reviewed the technical information in this press release.

BRC DiamondCore Ltd. is an African-focused diamond explorer with projects in the DRC. Led by a management team with extensive experience in diamond exploration and mine development, the Company works in a systematic and responsible manner to discover, assess and develop diamond resources for the benefit of its shareholders and local stakeholders.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that the Company believes, expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future (including, without limitation, statements relating to exploration results, potential mineralization and plans and objectives with respect to iron ore exploration) are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements reflect the current expectations or beliefs of the Company based on information currently available to the Company. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual results of the Company to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements, and even if such actual results are realized or substantially realized, there can be no assurance that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on the Company. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations include, among other things, the possibility that future exploration results will not be consistent with expectations, changes in equity markets, uncertainties relating to the availability and costs of financing needed in the future, changes in commodity markets, foreign currency fluctuations, political developments in the DRC, changes to regulations affecting exploration or development activities, delays in obtaining or failure to obtain required project approvals, the uncertainties involved in interpreting geological data and the other risks involved in the mineral resource exploration business. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made and, except as may be required by applicable securities laws, the Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise. Although the Company believes that the assumptions inherent in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and accordingly undue reliance should not be put on such statements due to the inherent uncertainty therein.