CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Sept. 24, 2013) - Mkango Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:MKA) (the "Corporation" or "Mkango"), is pleased to announce that the Government of Malawi has granted a further two year renewal for Exclusive Prospecting License ("EPL") 0303/10R ("the Thambani License"), in southeast Malawi. Mkango has undertaken an extensive regional work program within the 486 square kilometre ("km2") Thambani License, primarily focused on anomalous uranium targets across the Thambani Massif, which dominates the northeastern part of the license.
The exploration activities to date have included acquisition of Landsat7 and ASTER satellite imagery for the license area, systematic ground radiometric surveys to confirm and detail previously-known airborne anomalies, reconnaissance geological mapping and litho-geochemical sampling programs. The work has identified a number of potential uranium targets over the Thambani Massif, which is mainly composed of nepheline syenite gneiss, forming two prominent ridges known as Thambani East Ridge and West Ridge. Historical airborne radiometric surveys and ground radiometric survey programs carried out by Mkango have revealed two distinct uranium anomalies occurring along the two ridges: A strong uranium anomaly, measuring approximately 3 kilometre ("km") by 1.5 km, occurs along the length of the Thambani East ridge with a north-south trend and a second uranium anomaly, measuring approximately 1.5 km by 0.4 km occurs on the West Ridge along the western contact of the nepheline syenite body with the eastern biotite-hornblende gneisses.
Initial results from follow up reconnaissance geochemical sampling returned locally anomalous uranium values, ranging up to 1,545 ppm U3O8, on both Thambani East and West ridges.
Detailed geological mapping and systematic geochemical sampling is currently underway across the anomalies in order to determine the geological model for uranium mineralization and further constrain the spatial distribution of the uranium mineralization in the license area. Ground radiometric and geological surveys are also planned for other areas in the license which were historically referred to as hosting uranium mineralization.
The Thambani License has been renewed for a further period of two years, effective September 9th, 2013 and grants the exclusive rights to carry on prospecting operations for uranium, zircon, niobium, all 17 rare earth elements including yttrium in addition to strontium, iron ore, manganese, gold, silver, copper, bauxite, fluorite, phosphate, thorium, monazite, nepheline, syenite, tantalum, clay, kaolinite, and associated minerals, over an area of 468km2. The expenditure commitment for the Thambani EPL is 250,000,000 Malawian Kwacha (approximately [US $715,000] based on MK349 Standard Bank exchange rate) over two years. The license is renewable for a further two year period in September 2015.
The Thambani exploration license, located in Mwanza District, was originally granted by the Malawi Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Environment on September 10, 2010 in respect of an area of 468 km². Exploration to date has identified a number of areas with potential for uranium, zircon, corundum and niobium and follow up exploration is currently underway, the main focus currently being the uranium targets. Uranium mineralization was identified in the license area during historical exploration activities.
Scientific and technical information, contained in this release 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.
About Mkango Resources Ltd.
Mkango's primary business is the exploration for rare earth elements and associated minerals in the Republic of Malawi. It holds, through its wholly owned subsidiary Lancaster Exploration Limited, a 100% interest in two exclusive prospecting licenses covering a combined area of 1,751 km² in southern Malawi. The main exploration target is the Songwe Hill rare earth deposit, which is accessible by road from Zomba, the former capital, and Blantyre, the principal commercial town of Malawi. On 22 November 2012, Mkango filed a Technical Report (the "Report") for its maiden NI 43-101 mineral resource estimate for Songwe Hill. Mkango is currently completing a pre-feasibility study for the project. In parallel, the company is also undertaking regional exploration in the second license area known as Thambani, where a number of areas with potential for uranium, zircon, corundum and niobium have been identified.
The Corporation's corporate strategy is to further explore and develop the Songwe Hill rare earth deposit and Thambani licence, and secure additional rare earth element and other mineral opportunities in Malawi and elsewhere in Africa.
On behalf of the Board of Mkango Resources Ltd.,
William Dawes, Chief Executive Officer
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