Khusib Trend

The Khusib Trend is an east west trending zone of copper anomalies and prospects associated with a contact zone between Maieberg dolomites and limestones. This is known as the T2/T3 contact position. Over six strike kilometres of the T2/T3 contact is located within The Company’s EPLs. The portion of the Khusib Trend located within The Company’s EPLs is bounded by the Pickaxe Prospect in the west and continues north east for over six kilometres, with the Khusib Springs copper mine located near the centre, 3km north east of Pickaxe. The Khusib Trend is located in a similar structural and stratigraphic position to the lead zinc Pavian Trend to the south (Figure 1).

Khusib Springs Copper Mine

The Khusib Springs mine is by far the most advanced prospect on the Khusib Trend. It is the highest priority target on the trend. Khusib Springs was discovered and mined by Goldfields Namibia during the 1990s. Approximately 500,000t @ 10% Cu, 1.8% Pb and 584g/t Ag was mined from Khusib Springs before its closure in 1997.

Goldfields actively explored the area around Khusib Springs during the 1990s using predominantly electrical geophysics. Records show that many anomalies were generated from this work but not all of the conductors were effectively drill tested. Golden Deeps has processing and interpreting all available data from the Goldfields reports before planning an aggressive exploration programme.

The area around Khusib Springs is highly prospective for additional high grade Cu-Pb-Ag deposits similar to that of the mined out deposit (500,000t @ 10% Cu). The area around the mine has a number of high-order anomalies generated from close spaced soil geochemistry, geophysics and airborne magnetics. The possibility of a lower grade remnant disseminated sulphide halo around the Khusib Springs Deposit will also be investigated.

 Figure 1 - Simplified geology of the Khusib Springs area showing EM loops and anomalies

Detailed analysis of the historic Protem data along the Khusib Trend was undertaken with at least six strong bedrock conductors being identified.

Figure 2 - 3D cut-away of the T2/T3 contact position showing high priority EM targets for follow up