() said drilling will start this month on the northern (Hukuntsi) section of the Kalahari Suture Zone (KSZ) in Botswana.
It awarded a contract to Mindea Exploration and Drilling Services (Pty) to drill a minimum of two 500 metre “proof of concept” holes no later June 30.
The exploration company anticipates that drill-core from these holes will provide firm physical evidence of the KSZ’s potential to host ‘Norilsk-style’ metal sulphide deposits. The area covered by the KSZ licences displays geology similar to that in world-class magmatic sulphide deposits, such as Norilsk in Siberia and Voisey’s Bay in Canada, Kavango said.
“The Kalahari Suture Zone was first identified 45 years ago,” said Kavango chief executive Michael Foster. “The technical challenges of pursuing exploration under 70m of Kalahari sands and sediments proved too much for previous companies that attempted to unlock this region’s significant potential.