Great Western Minerals is undertaking an additional 9,400-m, 65-hole diamond drilling program at its Steenkampskrall rare earths project, located 350 km north of Cape Town in South Africa’s Western Cape province.
The program is targeting areas within and adjacent to the Steenkampskrall project’s currently established resource. The program includes step-out drilling to investigate extension of the project’s Main Monazite Zone along strike east and west and down-dip of the known mineral resource, infill drilling on areas of lower data density in order to upgrade inferred mineral resources to indicated, detailed infill drilling for mine planning purposes, and selected orientated core drilling for geotechnical analyses in support of planned underground developments.
Great Western has also initiated exploration activities on the project’s surrounding 550.5-km2 Prospecting Right. This work includes reconnaissance and prospecting surveys over three known occurrences of mineralization, selection and preparation of 10 channel sample lines crossing monazite veins in historic trenches, a scintillometer ground survey at 10-m station intervals in the vicinity of the exposed monazite occurrences, and geologic mapping of the monazite and host rocks.