Savannah Resources has started this year’s field exploration programme at the 180km² Jangamo heavy mineral sands project in southern Mozambique, south-east Africa.

Under the exploration programme, the company will evaluate the presence of heavy mineral sand sequences at Jangamo through a two-week ground geophysics programme.

The programme will include ground and airborne magnetic and radiometric surveys, scout drilling and resource definition drilling processes at the site.

According to the company, the detailed ground magnetic test lines are over five drill collars, which returned broad zones of heavy mineral sands (HMS) to determine the magnitude of any associated ground magnetic response.

"The company aims to define a JORC mineral resource and start a scoping study of the Jangamo project by second half of the year." 

The company will use a hand-held spectrometer to test lines, to better assess any radiometric response associated with the HMS mineralisation. The drilling is expected to begin in late May.

Savannah Resources CEO David Archer said the exploration programme is now underway with the ground geophysics team on site at Jangamo.

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"The primary objective of the ground magnetics is to further define the two mineralised dune systems with strike lengths of at least 6km and 10km, outlined from last year’s scout drilling campaign," Archer said.

With the programme, the company aims to define a JORC mineral resource and start a scoping study of the Jangamo project by second half of the year.

Covering an area of 180km² along an extensive dune system near the village of Jangamo, the Jangamo project is prospective for mineral sands, including zircon, ilmenite and rutile.

Located to the west of Rio Tinto’s Mutamba deposit, the project features infrastructure with both grid power and a main EN1 highway cutting through.