|By Marketwired .||
|May 12, 2014 05:00 PM EDT||
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 05/12/14 -- Galane Gold Ltd. ("Galane Gold" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE: GG) is pleased to announce that it has mined its first ore from Tau Underground.
The Company has previously disclosed its intention to exploit the reported measured and indicated resource of 128.6 thousand ounces of gold for Tau through underground mining. It commenced the project in the fourth quarter of 2013 and has now completed the forced portal entry at the bottom of the existing Tau pit, installation of the entire infrastructure required, appointment of an underground contractor and the development work required to reach ore.
An image of the entrance at Tau Underground is available at the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/gg0512photo1.pdf.
The Company has put together a mine plan based on the reported resource to mine approximately 85,000 ounces of gold over the next three and a half years. A detailed mine plan has been produced and the mining method used will be long hole open stoping. To view a graphical presentation of the ore body and the mine design, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/gg0512fig1.pdf.
It is expected that once underground we will start a comprehensive exploration programme to confirm that the mineralisation continues at depth and expand the existing mine plan.
Ravi Sood, Galane Gold's CEO, stated, "This is a major step in the evolution of the Company both with regards to a change from open pit mining to underground mining and our plans to extend mine life through further exploration. We are also putting together a mine plan to connect all the current pits on the Mupane mining license underground, as for example we know that mineralisation continues at depth at Tholo and Kwena.
"In addition the fact that we have completed this project within 6 months and from our own operating cash-flows is a testament to the experienced management team that we have put in place."
About Galane Gold
Galane Gold is an un-hedged gold producer and explorer with mining operations and exploration tenements in Botswana. Galane Gold is a public company and its shares are quoted on the TSX Venture Exchange and the Botswana Stock Exchange under the symbol GG. Galane Gold's management team is comprised of senior mining professionals with extensive experience in managing mining and processing operations and large-scale exploration programmes. Galane Gold is committed to operating at world-class standards and is focused on the safety of its employees, respecting the environment, and contributing to the communities in which it operates.
Certain statements contained in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements". All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this press release, including, without limitation, those regarding the Company's mine plan, objectives, goals and targets, and any statements preceded by, followed by or that include the words "believe", "expect", "aim", "intend", "plan", "continue", "will", "may", "would", "anticipate", "estimate", "forecast", "predict", "project", "seek", "should" or similar expressions or the negative thereof, are forward-looking statements. These statements are not historical facts but instead represent only the Company's expectations, estimates and projections regarding future events. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual results may differ materially from what is expressed, implied or forecasted in such forward-looking statements.
Additional factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially include, but are not limited to: the Company's dependence on a single mineral project; gold price volatility; risks associated with the conduct of the Company's mining activities in Botswana; regulatory, consent or permitting delays; risks relating to the Company's exploration, development and mining activities being situated in a single country; risks relating to reliance on the Company's management team and outside contractors; risks regarding mineral resources and reserves; the Company's inability to obtain insurance to cover all risks, on a commercially reasonable basis or at all; currency fluctuations; risks regarding the failure to generate sufficient cash flow from operations; risks relating to project financing and equity issuances; risks arising from the Company's fair value estimates with respect to the carrying amount of mineral interests; mining tax regimes; risks arising from holding derivative instruments; the Company's need to replace reserves depleted by production; risks and unknowns inherent in all mining projects, including the inaccuracy of reserves and resources, metallurgical recoveries and capital and operating costs of such projects; contests over title to properties, particularly title to undeveloped properties; laws and regulations governing the environment, health and safety; operating or technical difficulties in connection with mining or development activities; lack of infrastructure; employee relations, labour unrest or unavailability; health risks in Africa; the Company's interactions with surrounding communities and artisanal miners; the Company's ability to successfully integrate acquired assets; the speculative nature of exploration and development, including the risks of diminishing quantities or grades of reserves; development of the Company's exploration properties into commercially viable mines; stock market volatility; conflicts of interest among certain directors and officers; lack of liquidity for shareholders of the Company; risks related to the market perception of junior gold companies and litigation risk.
Management provides forward-looking statements because it believes they provide useful information to investors when considering their investment objectives and cautions investors not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements made in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements and other cautionary statements or factors contained herein, and there can be no assurance that the actual results or developments will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, the Company. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and the Company assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect subsequent information, events or circumstances or otherwise, except as required by law.
Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability. There is no guarantee that any of the mineral resources disclosed in this press release will be converted to mineral reserves.
For more information regarding Galane Gold's mineral resource estimate please refer to the press release of the Company dated March 18, 2013 entitled "Galane Gold Ltd. Announces a Mineral Reserve Update For its Botswana Properties" available under the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. For more information regarding Galane Gold's Mupane Property, please refer to the technical report dated May 10, 2011 entitled "Independent Technical Report on the Mupane Gold Mine", also available at www.sedar.com.
Information of a technical and scientific nature that forms the basis of the disclosure in the press release has been approved by Charles Byron Pr. Sci. Nat., MAusIMM., MGSSA and Chief Geologist for Galane Gold, and a "qualified person" as defined by National Instrument 43-101.
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its regulation services provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.