|Mon Nov 23, 2009|
Helio Successfully Completes Earn-In On The Saza Licence SMP Gold Project, Tanzania
Helio Resource Corp. ("Helio" or the "Company") (TSX-V: HRC) is pleased to announce that it has successfully earned a 100% interest in the Saza Licence, which forms part of the Company's SMP Gold Project in Tanzania (see news release dated December 19, 2005).
The option agreement for Saza required Helio, through its 100% owned Tanzanian subsidiary BAFEX Tanzania Ltd, to spend CAD$2,000,000 on exploration and make cash and / or share payments totalling CAD$400,000 over a 4-year period to Thorntree Minerals Limited ("Thorntree"), the licence holder.
Thorntree, a small Tanzanian mining company, retains a 2% royalty. Helio has the right to purchase 50% of the royalty for CAD$1,000,000 at any time prior to commercial production.
The completion of the agreement was the issuance of CAD$250,000 in Helio shares (416,667 shares) to Thorntree, based on the closing price of Helio's shares on November 19, 2009.
The Company has been successful in delineating a number of significant gold occurrences on Saza, the most advanced being the Kenge Target.
The Kenge Target currently comprises 6 zones of mineralisation, Kenge NW, Kenge Main, Kenge SE, Snakebite, Mbenge, and Mbenge E. All of the zones have been tested with a combination of diamond and reverse circulation drilling -- see image below for a map of the Kenge Target.
In addition to Saza, the Company has options to earn a 100% interest, subject to the same royalty conditions, in four other licences (see news releases dated October 16, 2008, and September 11, 2006):
Helio, through its 100% owned subsidiary BAFEX Tanzania Ltd., can earn a 100% interest in five contiguous licences, including the recently earned Saza licence, which cover a 35km strike length of the Saza Shear Zone.
Since June 2006, the Company has drill-tested thirteen targets, nine of which are hosted along the Saza Shear Zone. Twelve of the targets have intersected bedrock-hosted gold mineralisation, the most advanced being the Porcupine and Kenge Targets (see the Corporate Presentation on the Home Page of the Company's website at www.helioresource.com).
Chris MacKenzie, M.Sc., C.Geol., Helio's COO and a Qualified Person as designated by NI 43-101, supervises the exploration at the SMP project, including the sampling and quality assurance / quality control programmes, and has reviewed the contents of this news release.
For additional information, please contact Richard Williams +1 604 638 8005 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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