Banro Intersects 18.62 metres Grading 20.15 g/t Au and 7.25 metres Grading 73.67 g/t Au in Pre-Feasibility Drilling at Namoya Gold Project
Toronto, Canada - April 29, 2008 - Banro Corporation (“Banro” or the “Company”) (AMEX - “BAA”; TSX - “BAA”) is pleased to announce further results from the Company’s pre-feasibility, core drilling program at its wholly-owned Namoya project, located on the Twangiza-Namoya gold belt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (the “DRC”).
Assay results have been received for an additional 33 core holes which have been drilled since the previous drilling update.
Highlights include: Hole NDD131 intersected 18.62 metres grading 20.15 g/t Au from 83.00 metres, 7.25 metres grading 73.67 g/t Au from 153.75 metres and 19.65 metres grading 4.94 g/t Au from 110.35 metres Hole NDD099 intersected 21.33 metres grading 6.56 g/t Au from 353.47 metres including 5.05 metres grading 24.34 g/t Au from 368.00 metres Hole NDD105 intersected 23.85 metres grading 5.07 g/t Au from 166.71 metres including 8.55 metres grading 12.29 g/t Au from 170.45 metres Hole NDD110 intersected 33.62 metres grading 2.26 g/t Au from 182.45 metres Hole NDD116 intersected 17.00 metres grading 3.60 g/t Au from 162.00 metres Hole NDD117 intersected 18.80 metres grading 3.28 g/t Au from 161.00 metres The current drilling program is part of the pre-feasibility study being undertaken at Namoya with the objective of upgrading Inferred Mineral Resources into the Measured and Indicated categories, so that open pit ore reserves can be determined as part of the pre-feasibility study, which is due for completion in June 2008. Three core drilling rigs are now in operation at Namoya to complete this drilling.
All these holes except NDD102 have been drilled at the existing Mwendamboko, Kakula, Namoya Summit and Muviringu deposits which occur along a two kilometre mineralized shear zone at Namoya. Hole NDD102 was drilled at a new prospect Kangurube, to the southeast of Namoya Summit, and intersected 10.40 metres grading 2.63 g/t Au from 15.60 metres and 7.74 metres grading 1.87 g/t Au from 54.75 metres. The mineralized sections at Namoya are found within a series of quartz veins and stockworks hosted by quartz-sericite-chlorite schists.
Namoya currently has an estimated Indicated Mineral Resource of 938,800 ounces of gold (8,925,000 tonnes grading 3.27 g/t Au) and Inferred Mineral Resource of 621,500 ounces of gold (7,074,000 tonnes grading 2.73 g/t Au). These Mineral Resources were determined using the assay results from drill holes NDD001 to NDD106. Reference is made to Banro’s press release dated June 8, 2007 (a copy of which can be obtained from SEDAR at www.sedar.com).
Commenting on these drilling results at Namoya, Mike Prinsloo, President and C.E.O. of the Company, said: “These drilling results are very encouraging with some high grade intersections. The ongoing pre-feasibility study is proceeding well and we are on track for completion of this study by the end of June 2008. A number of processing routes are being assessed. As previously announced, we are also making good progress on our other advanced gold project at Twangiza, where the pre-feasibility study is also due for completion in June 2008.”
A locality plan of the reported drill holes is found accompanying this press release on the Company’s web site at http://www.banro.com/i/pdf/2008-04-29_NRM.pdf.
Results from the core holes are tabulated in the following table:
|NDD106||560503.91||9557781.24||225||-54||No significant mineralization|
|NDD129||560463.92||9557809.13||225||-48||No significant mineralization|
Core holes were inclined at between minus 48 and 70 degrees and averaged 209 metres in depth with a maximum down-hole depth of 506 metres. Core recovery for these holes averaged 86% within the mineralized zones. It is estimated that the true widths of the mineralized zones are approximately 80% of the intersected widths in the holes. Drill hole spacing was on 40 metre sections.
Drill cores for assaying were taken at a maximum of one metre intervals and were cut with a diamond saw with one-half of the core placed in sealed bags and sent to the Company’s sample preparation facility in Bukavu, DRC. The core samples were then crushed down to minus 2 mm, and split with half of the sample pulverised down to 90% passing 75 microns. Approximately 150 grams of the pulverised sample was then shipped to the SGS Laboratory (which is independent of the Company) in Mwanza, Tanzania where the samples were analysed for gold by fire assay using a 50g. charge. As part of the Company’s QA/QC procedures, internationally recognised standards, duplicates and blanks were inserted into the sample batches.
Additional information with respect to the Namoya project is contained in the technical report dated August 17, 2007 and entitled “Preliminary Assessment NI 43-101 Technical Report, Namoya Gold Project, Maniema Province, Democratic Republic of Congo”. A copy of this report can be obtained from SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Banro is a Canadian-based gold exploration company focused on the development of four major, wholly-owned gold projects, each with mining licenses, along the 210 kilometre-long Twangiza-Namoya gold belt in the South Kivu and Maniema provinces of the DRC. Led by a proven management team with extensive gold and African experience, Banro’s strategy is to unlock shareholder value by increasing and developing its significant gold assets in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.
The exploration results disclosed by this press release have been reviewed, verified (including sampling, analytical and test data) and compiled by the Company’s geological staff based in Bukavu, DRC, under the supervision of Daniel K. Bansah, who is a Member of The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (Aus.I.M.M), the Company’s Vice President, Exploration and a “qualified person” (as such term is defined in National Instrument 43-101).
Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors: The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) permits U.S. mining companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only those mineral deposits that a company can economically and legally extract or produce. Certain terms are used by the Company, such as “measured”, “indicated”, and “inferred” “resources”, that the SEC guidelines strictly prohibit U.S. registered companies from including in their filings with the SEC. U.S. Investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in the Company’s Form 40-F Registration Statement, File No. 001-32399, which may be secured from the Company, or from the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml.
Forward-Looking Statements: 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 regarding the estimation of mineral resources, exploration results, potential mineralization, potential mineral resources and mineral reserves and the Company’s exploration and development plans with respect to Namoya) 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, failure to establish estimated mineral resources (the mineral resource figures referred to in this press release are estimates and no assurances can be given that the indicated levels of gold will be produced), the possibility that future exploration results will not be consistent with the Company’s expectations, gold recoveries for Namoya being less than those indicated by the metallurgical testwork carried out to date (there can be no assurance that gold recoveries in small scale laboratory tests will be duplicated in large tests under on-site conditions or during production), changes in world gold markets and equity markets, political developments in the DRC, fluctuations in currency exchange rates, inflation, changes to regulations affecting the Company’s activities, uncertainties relating to the availability and costs of financing needed in the future, the uncertainties involved in interpreting drilling results and other geological data and the other risks disclosed under the heading “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in the Company’s annual information form dated March 28, 2008 filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. 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.
For further information, please visit the Company’s website at www.banro.com, or contact: Mike Prinsloo, President and C.E.O., South Africa, Tel: +27 (0)11 958-2885; Arnold T. Kondrat, Executive Vice-President, Toronto, Ontario, or Martin Jones, Vice-President, Corporate Development, Toronto, Ontario, Tel: (416) 366-2221 or 1-800-714-7938.
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