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Teranga Gold Announces Latest Discovery at Golden Hill: Jackhammer Hill Prospect

Results include 5.72 g/t gold over 15 metres and 110.6 g/t gold (uncut) over 14 metres

TORONTO, Nov. 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Teranga Gold Corporation ("Teranga" or the "Company") (TSX:TGZ) is pleased to announce early-stage drilling success at its newest discovery, Jackhammer Hill, situated on its Golden Hill property in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Teranga has an earn-in agreement on the Golden Hill property with Boss Resources Limited (ASX:BOE) pursuant to which Teranga, as the operator, can earn an 80% interest in the joint venture upon delivery of a feasibility study and the payment of AUD2.5 million.

Figure 1
Golden Hill Property - Prospect Location Plan Map

Figure 2
Jackhammer Hill Prospect - Drill Plan

Figure 3
Jackhammer Hill Prospect - Representative Drill Section (A - A')

These diamond drill results at Jackhammer Hill were successful in discovering a large high-grade mineralized prospect.  To date, there are four encouraging prospects drilled at Golden Hill:  Ma, Nahiri, Peksou and Jackhammer Hill.  Each of these four prospects is located approximately 5 kilometres from a central point (Figure 1 in Appendix 1). 

/EIN News/ -- Jackhammer Hill Prospect Highlights

  • 15 m @ 5.72 g/t Au including 4 m @ 16.37 g/t Au including 1 m @ 42.1 g/t Au, and 9 m @ 4.13 g/t  Au including 3 m @ 10.63 g/t Au including 1 m @ 25.3 g/t Au (GHDD-104)

  • 14 m @  110.6 g/t Au including 5 m @ 306.7 g/t Au including 1 m @ 1,499 g/t Au (GHDD-111) (uncut)

  • 10 m @ 3.44 g/t Au including 1 m @ 19.0 g/t Au (GHDD-103)

“Jackhammer Hill is our fourth prospect and newest drilling discovery at Golden Hill.  Our most recent drilling here includes some very positive intersections, including core intervals of 15 metres averaging 5.72 grams per tonne of gold and 9 metres averaging 4.13 grams per tonne of gold in the same hole, GHDD-104. This demonstrates that multiple mineralized zones exist throughout Jackhammer Hill,” said David Mallo, Teranga’s Vice President, Exploration. “As well, Jackhammer Hill is where our highest grade interval drilled to date at Golden Hill occurs – 14 metres averaging 110.6 grams per tonne, including one-metre displaying abundant visible gold which grades 1,499 grams per tonne of gold in GHDD-111. In total, we have successfully drilled 600 metres of strike length of a surface anomaly of more than one kilometre extent.”

Continued Mr. Mallo, “Although we are still at an early stage, we recognize considerable upside for continued exploration success as we extend our drilling evaluation program at Jackhammer Hill both along trend beyond our initial target and to depth where the mineralized structures remain open to further expansion.”

The Golden Hill property is comprised of three adjacent exploration permits covering 470 km2 located in southwest Burkina Faso in the central part of the Houndé Greenstone Belt. This belt hosts a number of high-grade gold discoveries, including the Siou, Yaramoko and Houndé deposits, the latter property being contiguous with Golden Hill.  To the south of Golden Hill is another large land position where active exploration programs are well underway.

Jackhammer Hill Prospect

Diamond drilling is currently underway at the Jackhammer Hill prospect for which sixteen drill hole results are reported within this news release.  Prior to this current drilling program, the Company had drilled only two scout holes which included a previously reported diamond drill interval of 1.26 g/t Au over 5.2 metres in GHDD-001. Interpretation from oriented drill core from the initial scout drilling indicated that the gold mineralized zones were dipping to the southeast within an altered and sheared diorite intrusive host.  As such, drilling direction has been more appropriately oriented during the current drill phase.

Drilling results are available for approximately a 600-metre strike extent of our initial +1,000-metre geochem target. The current completed and planned Jackhammer Hill drilling program is shown on an accompanying drill plan (Figure 2 in Appendix 1) and a representative section demonstrating continuity in drill holes GHDD103 and 104 is also included (Figure 3 in Appendix 1).

Drilling Results Tables

Table 1: Jackhammer Hill Prospect – Selected Drill Highlights

 Hole # Northing * Easting * Elevation Azimuth Dip EOH
length (m)*
(g/t Au)
 GHDD-101 1230165 453031 344 311 -55 129 27-30 3 1.07
 GHDD-102 1230101 452980 339 311 -55 138 22-29 7 1.28
              129-134 5 1.24
 GHDD-103 1229946 452855 329 311 -55 119 50-60 10 3.44
      Including       53-54 1 19.02
 GHDD-104 1229914 452884 330 315 -55 135 44-53 9 4.13
      Including       45-48 3 10.63
      Including       47-48 1 25.28
              63-64 1 1.31
              93-108 15 5.72
      Including       98-102 4 16.37
      Including       100-101 1 42.07
 GHDD-105 1229866 452818 328 315 -55 110   25-26 1 1.63
 GHDD-106 1229792 452782   329 315 -55 119 23-27 4 1.05
              36-40 4 1.36
 GHDD-107 1229964 452888 331 315 -55 140 22-23 1 15.38
              54-56 2 7.45
 GHDD-108 1229930 452909 315 315 -55 150 57-58 1 3.57
              76-77 1 3.30
              104-107 3 2.93
              140-145 5 1.40
 GHDD-109 1229879 452869 330 311 -55 130 60-61 1 1.57
              76-78 2 1.83
              113-119 6 3.00
      Including       116-117 1 10.22
 GHDD-110 1229986 452916 335 311 -55 140 19-21 2 3.05
              69-70 1 4.98
              73-78 5 2.15
      Including       77-78 1 6.82
 GHDD-111 1230017 452952 330 311 -55 142 15-18 3 1.78
              52-55 3 1.45
            Uncut 66-80 14 110.6
      Including     Uncut 66-71 5 306.7
      Including     Uncut 67-68 1 1,498.8
            Cut 66-80 14 5.71
      Including     Cut 66-71 5 12.92
      Including     Cut 67-68 1 30.00
 GHDD-112 1230048 452981 338 311 -55 150 40-44 4 1.24
              101-103 2 3.16
 GHDD-113 1230074 453012 339 311 -55 120 32-33 1 2.75
 GHDD-114 1230159 452925 339 311 -50 146 132-134 2 1.44
 GHDD-115** 1229848 452783 328 311 -55 104 15-16** 1** 2.89
              18-19** 1** 0.69
              23-24** 1** 0.96
 GHDD-116 1229835 452848 331 311 -50 149 118-119 1 1.36
 * Intervals calculated with a 0.4 g/t Au cut-off and 2 metres maximum internal dilution. True widths are unknown. UTM's are WGS84-30N 
 Intervals with grade x thickness (gram x metre) of 10 or higher are in bold. ** Hole GHDD-115 encountered artisanal openings between 15-24 m over which no sample was recovered from 16-18 m, 19-21 m and 22-23 m. 

Competent Persons Statements

Teranga's exploration programs in Burkina Faso are being managed by Peter Mann, FAusIMM. Mr. Mann is a full time employee of Teranga and is not "independent" within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”). Mr. Mann has sufficient experience which is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a "Qualified Person" under NI 43-101. The technical information contained in this news release relating to exploration results are based on, and fairly represents, information compiled by Mr. Mann. Mr. Mann has verified and approved the data disclosed in this release, including the sampling, analytical and test data underlying the information. The RC and diamond core samples are assayed at the BIGGS Laboratory in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Mr. Mann has consented to the inclusion in this news release of the matters based on his compiled information in the form and context in which it appears herein. 

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain statements that constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws ("forward-looking statements"), which reflects management's expectations regarding Teranga's future growth and business prospects (including the timing and development of new deposits and the success of exploration activities) and opportunities. Wherever possible, words such as “objective to”, “likely”, “intend to”, “potential”, “belief”, “believe”, “expects”, “estimates”, “plans”, “anticipated”, “ability” and similar expressions or statements that certain actions, events or results “should”, or "will" have been used to identify such forward-looking information. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, all disclosure regarding possible events, conditions or results of operations, future economic conditions and anticipated courses of action. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this press release reflect management's current beliefs based upon information currently available to management and based upon what management believes to be reasonable assumptions, Teranga cannot be certain that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions, opinions and analysis made by management in light of its experience, current conditions and its expectations of future developments that management believe to be reasonable and relevant but that may prove to be incorrect. These assumptions include, among other things, the ability to obtain any requisite governmental approvals, including renewals of the Golden Hill exploration permits in 2018, the accuracy of sampling, analytical and test data underlying the exploration results included herein, gold price, exchange rates, fuel and energy costs, future economic conditions, and anticipated future estimates of free cash flow. Teranga cautions you not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements.

The risks and uncertainties that may affect forward-looking statements include, among others: the inherent risks involved in exploration and development of mineral properties, including government approvals and permitting, changes in economic conditions, changes in the worldwide price of gold and other key inputs, changes in mine plans and other factors, such as project execution delays, many of which are beyond the control of Teranga, as well as other risks and uncertainties which are more fully described in Teranga's Annual Information Form dated March 30, 2017, and in other filings of Teranga with securities and regulatory authorities which are available at Teranga does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements should assumptions related to these plans, estimates, projections, beliefs and opinions change. Nothing in this document should be construed as either an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy or sell Teranga securities. All references to Teranga include its subsidiaries unless the context requires otherwise.

About Teranga

Teranga is a multi-jurisdictional West African gold company focused on production and development as well as the exploration of more than 5,000 km2 of land located on prospective gold belts.  Since its initial public offering in 2010, Teranga has produced more than 1.3 million ounces of gold from its operations in Senegal.  Focused on diversification and growth, the Company is advancing its Banfora development project, and is conducting extensive exploration programs in three countries: Burkina Faso, Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire.  As at June 30, 2017, Teranga has a reserve base of nearly 4.0 million ounces of gold, a strong balance sheet and the financial flexibility to grow its business.

Steadfast in its commitment to set the benchmark for responsible mining, Teranga operates in accordance with the highest international standards and aims to act as a catalyst for sustainable economic, environmental, and community development as it strives to create value for all of its stakeholders.  Teranga is a member of the United Nations Global Compact and a leading member of the multi-stakeholder group responsible for the submission of the first Senegalese Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative revenue report. The Company's responsibility report is prepared in accordance with its commitments under the United Nations Global Compact and in alignment with the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines.

Contact Information

Richard Young       Trish Moran
President & CEO    Head of Investor Relations
T: +1 416-594-0000 | E:   T: +1 416-564-4290 | E:


Figure 1:  Golden Hill Property – Prospect Location Plan Map

Figure 2:  Jackhammer Hill Prospect – Drill Plan

Figure 3:  Jackhammer Hill Prospect – Representative Drill Section (A - A’)

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