Deep-South Resources has closed the acquisition of 75% of the Kapili Tepe Copper, Nickel, Cobalt and Gold project in Turkey
Vancouver, B.C., Canada – May 7, 2019 – Deep-South Resources Inc. ("Deep-South" or “the Company") (TSX-V: DSM) announces that it has received the approval of Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey (“Ministry”) to proceed and close the acquisition of 75% of RCR Quantum (“Quantum”), a Turkish company, which holds the Kapili Tepe project (“Project”) comprising of one (1) mining license and two (2) exploration licenses in the Sivas Province in the North Central part of Turkey.
Deep-South has acquired all the common shares held by the Seller in Quantum for the following considerations:
- Deep-South has previously issued 3.5 million of its common shares to the Seller that were kept in trust until the approval of the Ministry. The agreement has been amended to include the following: the shares issued to the Seller are restricted of trading for a period of 3 years. 1/6 of the shares (583,333 shares) shall be liberated of the restriction every six months starting on May 1st 2019. The shares relieved from restriction will be free for trading. Upon completion of a first NI 43-101 resource estimation or a listing of Deep-South shares on a London Stock Market, all the shares shall be liberated and free for trading;
- This Article has been amended as follows: Upon closing of a first financing of $1 million or more or the cumulative closing of financings totalling $1 million or more following the closing of the acquisition of Quantum, Deep-South shall pay US $110,000 to the Seller. The amount has been reduced by US $ 40,000 to compensate and duly adjust the warranties;
- Upon completion of a resources estimation prepared in accordance with CIM definitions and compliant with the National Instrument 43-101, estimating an inferred resource totalling a minimum of 20 million tonnes at a minimum grade of 1% Cu equivalent, Deep-South shall issue additional common shares to the Seller at a valuation of CA $ 2 million;
- In the case that the first resources estimation prepared in accordance with CIM definitions and compliant with the NI 43-101 or any further NI 43-101 compliant resource estimation, estimates an inferred resource totalling a minimum of 100 million tonnes at a minimum grade of 1% Cu equivalent, Deep-South shall issue additional common shares to the Seller at a valuation of CA $ 2 million;
- The Seller is the beneficiary of a non-guaranteed subordinated loan bearing no interest totalling TRY 3,800,000 (Turkish Lira) from Quantum. Deep-South shall buy back TRY 2,400,000 of the loan (CA $ 480,000 on today’s exchange rate), in cash or shares at the election of The Seller, upon completion of a NI 43-101 resources report estimating an inferred resource totaling a minimum of 20 million tonnes at a minimum grade of 1% Cu equivalent. Deep-South shall have 90 days upon election of the payment by The Seller to issue the shares or make the cash payment. Deep-South shall buy back the remaining balance of TRY 1,400,000 of the loan (CA $ 285,000 on today’s exchange rate),, in cash or shares at the election of Deep-South, upon completion of any further NI 43-101 resources report estimating an inferred resource totaling a minimum of 100 million tonnes at a minimum grade of 1% Cu equivalent. Deep-South has no obligation to buy back the loan until a NI 43-101 compliant resource estimates a minimum inferred resource of 20 million tonnes at a minimum of 1% Cu equivalent;
- A first NI 43-101 resource estimation report shall be completed by October 30, 2019. Deep-South shall not be allowed to sell its interest in Quantum until the first NI 43-101 resource estimation is completed;
- Upon Closing The Seller shall hold the right to appoint one Director to the Board of Deep-South;
Mr. John Akwenye, Chairman of Deep-South stated, “We are very enthusiastic with this transaction. We are securing a large area in the heart of a highly prospective area in one of the most mining friendly countries in the world. Kapili Tepe is a high-quality asset that adds strong value for our shareholders.”
About the Kapili Tepe Project:
The Project is located close to Imranli in the province of Sivas in north-east Central Turkey, approximately 500Km due east from Ankara by good asphalt roads. The Kapili Tepe project is situated within Tethyan Orogenic Belt of Turkey. The project comprises one Mining License and two Exploration Licenses, which importantly are both contiguous and adjacent.
The licensed area covers approximately 50 Km2 and both the mineralized zones and structural hosting features have been proven by both geological and structural mapping to extend for many Km to both the north-east (of the Main Zone (MZ) and east (of the South-East Zone (SEZ) offering district size potential for the project.
Geologically the project could broadly be described as follows;
The project area sits on the Tethyan Orogenic Belt of Turkey. The property as a whole consists of ultramafic rocks that have been sheared and broken along thrust faults. Fluids travelling through the shear and along the thrust faults strongly altered the rocks over an area of several square kilometres.
The broad geology of the project area can therefore be regarded as several ophiolite thrust sheets bounded by highly altered and brecciated shear zones (“mineralized zones”) which dip moderately to the south-east. The resultant copper and nickel mineralization which is strongly disseminated was deposited within the layered rocks, as evidenced by the numerous surface exposures of copper mineralised materials and staining.
The most important observations are :
There are more than twenty surface locations recorded with grades of over 1% copper showing, mainly oxides but some disseminated sulphides also appear;
The upper zone areas show stronger copper oxide mineralization, i.e. Malachite, Azurite and Cuprite, with high nickel grades;
More sulphide mineralisation occurs as one gets deeper and disseminated as both grains and veining of dominant chalcopyrite, but with Bornite, Chalcocite and Covellite;
All of these sulphides indicate potential Volcanic Massive Sulphide (“VMS”) origin and the latter two; Chalcocite and Covellite are interesting as strong indicators for a significant zone of secondary enrichment (supergene).
The project has been explored by Falconbridge in the early 2000’s. They have conducted geological mapping, large and deep induced polarization (IP) surveys, grab and rock sampling programs. Falconbridge has identified two extensive outcropping areas. The Main Zone (MZ) is outcropping over a length of 4,500 metres and a width between 75 and 100 metres. The South East Zone (SEZ) has overlapping outcrops over a length of 1,500 metres and an average width of 30 metres. Some of the rock sampling results as follows:
2002 assay samples Main Zone
|Sample||Cu (ppm)||Ni (ppm)||Co (ppm)||Au (ppm)|
2002 assay samples South-East Zone
|Sample||Cu (ppm)||Ni (ppm)||Co (ppm)||Au (ppm)|
In 2011, Red Crescent Resources, a company previously listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) acquired the project and has conducted a further confirmatory deep IP study review and some 1500 metres of drilling and some channel sampling. The diamond drilling was conducted at a maximum depth of 100 metres and included some results such as follows in MZ:
MZ – 001: Drilled true thickness 69 metres including:
|Drilled Thickness (m)||Weighted Average Cu (%)||Depth from||Depth To|
And some results such as follows in SEZ:
SEZ- 007 true thickness 82.5 metres including:
|Drilled Thickness (m)||Weighted Average Cu (%)||Depth From (m)||(Depth To (m)|
In SEZ RCR has also conducted surface channel sampling over a 60m wide zone of outcropping copper mineralisation within listvenite exposures. The sampling was undertaken in the form of continuous 2 m channel samples as well as a 25-tonne bulk sample for process metallurgical test works. The channel samples were sent for mineralization study and preliminary metallurgical test work in South Africa at 3 independent laboratories and these tests were significantly indicative of both the strong poly-metallic nature of the mineralization for base & precious metals, as well as best potential process route.
The central portion of the sampled zone contains stockwork quartz and barite veining and returned an average grade of 1.04% Cu over approximately 26 m including a higher-grade zone of 2,1% Cu over 4 m.
Cobalt grades for the SEZ were not seen as representative as they were only tested from samples taken from the small bulk sample test pit area. However, they assayed with grades of 0.35% to 0.66%. The 0.66% Co sample also tested at 19.7% Ni.
Mineral resources have not been estimated yet on the project nor has it demonstrated economic viability at this stage. The historical drilling and sampling results demonstrate potential to classify the project as one of merit but are considered too speculative geologically to complete a NI 43-101 resource estimation at this time and it is uncertain that those historic results will be converted into minerals resources.
All the reports and information above are available at the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey and is also available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com in the file of Red Crescent Resources.
Alan M. Clegg Pr. Eng PMP Pr.CPM FSAIMM, is responsible for the technical part of this press release and is the designated Qualified Person under the terms of National Instrument 43-101.
Alan M. Clegg was President & CEO of Red Crescent Resources Ltd (RCR) and was supervising the exploration project and was a qualified person for Red Crescent. Data verification and exploration results reported by RCR were all filed on SEDAR and were verified by the qualified person of RCR. MSA Group of South Africa were contracted by RCR to manage the field exploration programs and were responsible for the data verification, including sampling, analytical and test data. As such Alan M. Clegg verified the underlying information contained in this press release. The data and information from Falconbridge reports has not been fully verified but MSA Group was able to verify the geophysical surveying data and soil and rock chip sampling under custody at the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey. Tests such as XRF Grade measurements have enabled to validate the assays results. MSA were contracted by RCR and their work was verified by Alan Clegg. MSA nor than Alan Clegg have reported any limitation or failure in the data disclosed in this press release. However, the historical work and results, such has drilling results by Flaconbridge, that have not been verified by MSA Group or Alan Clegg are not reported in this press release.
The drill and sampling of RCR were assayed independently as follows: Gold and copper assays were performed by the ALS Chemex laboratory in Izmir, Turkey. Sample preparation and gold analysis using conventional fire assay procedures with AAS finish on 50g aliquots was carried out (method code Au-AA24). Copper analysis was carried out by aqua regia digest with AAS finish (method code Cu-AA46). In addition, gold and multi-element analyses are currently being performed by ISO17025 accredited ALS Chemex laboratory in Vancouver, Canada.
Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) for the Kapili Tepe Copper Project includes a chain of custody protocol, and systematic submittal of approximately 20% QA/QC samples including field duplicates, field blanks and certified reference samples into the sample stream submitted to the laboratory.
Turkey is considered as one of the most prospective and mining friendly country. Their recent amendments to the mining legislation and Investment incentive scheme provide value added taxes exemptions, custom duty exemptions, reduced royalty for strategic metals employee income tax relief and 80% tax reduction rate for certain projects depending on their geographical position within the country. Large companies such as Eldorado Gold, Teck Resources, Inmet Mining, and First Quantum Minerals are operating in Turkey currently.
About Deep-South Resources Inc.
Deep-South Resources Inc. is a mineral exploration company largely held by Namibian shareholders and Management with 17% and Teck Resources Ltd with 28% of Deep-South share capital. Deep-South currently holds 100% of the Haib Copper project in Namibia, one of the largest copper porphyry deposits in Africa. Deep-South’s growth strategy is to focus on the exploration and development of quality assets, in significant mineralized zones, close to infrastructure, in stable countries.
More information is available by contacting Pierre Léveillé, President & CEO at
+1-819-340-0140 or at: email@example.com or
Paradox Public Relations at +1-514-341-0408.
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