AFRICAN QUEEN CONTRIBUTES TO LOCAL COMMUNITY AT ITS ODUNDU PROPERTY IN KENYA’S RONGO GOLD FIELDS
Vancouver, British Columbia — AFRICAN QUEEN MINES LTD. (the “Company”)is pleased to announce that it has contributed to the local community at its Odundu property in Kenya’s Rongo Gold Fields (the “Project”), through funding and reconstruction of a three-classroom block for the Nyopuge Primary School in Genga Gem Central, Rangwe Division, Homa Bay District, Nyanza province. This school is situated approximately 1.6 kilometers south of the drilling site where the Company has been carrying out its 2000 m initial core drilling program. The final hole of this program has just been completed and samples have been sent to Genalysis Laboratory Services in South Africa for gold and multi-element analysis. Results are anticipated in October.
The Company has always recognized its responsibility to contribute to local infrastructure, health, safety and education in an effort to raise the standard of living of the local community in its project area. In this case, work was done over a period of several months to reconstruct and upgrade the local elementary school with Company funding and guidance, in cooperation with local community leaders. Local labor was employed.
Upon completion of the rehabilitation project, the community, teachers and pupils expressed their heartfelt gratitude toward the Company in writing as expressed by community leader Mr. John Omollo Kiriago: “The Gem Central location, Nyopuge Primary School Community especially the children and all stake-holders are deeply indebted to AQ Kenya Gold Limited for their great help. The currently magnificent three classroom block is a landmark and a blessing to all. Kindly accept our heartfelt gratitude and may God bless you abundantly.”
According to Irwin Olian, CEO of the Company, “We are delighted that the Nyopuge school rehabilitation project has met with such a warm reception. It gives us great pleasure to be contributing to the welfare of the local community at Odundu, as we strive to do in all projects we are developing across Africa.”
The Project covers an area of approximately 97 sq. km in the Kanango gold mining area of the Migori District of Nyanza Province in Southwest Kenya near Lake Victoria. It is situated some 380 km. by road from the capital city of Nairobi and 60 km. N of the border with Tanzania, forming part of the rich Lake Victoria Greenstone Belt extending from Tanzania and hosting known world-class gold deposits including African Barrick Gold’s Bulyanhulu and North Mara Mines, within approximately 100 km. of the Project, and AngloGold Ashanti’s Geita Mine.
The Company’s rights to the Project arise from an Earn-In and Joint Venture Agreement with Kenyan-based Abba Mining Company (“Abba”), under which the Company may earn up to an 85% interest in the Project by funding prescribed optional stages from exploration through feasibility. The Company is designated as manager and operator of the Project on behalf of the joint venture partners. The Project is being managed on behalf of the Company on-site by Senior Exploration and Consulting Geologist Mike Othitis (P.Geol. AIPG, MA, Bsc) who is a qualified person and has reviewed the contents of this press release. General Project oversight is being provided by Senior Consulting Geologist Pete Siegfried (M.Sc, MAusIMM) who is also a qualified person.
The Company is an exploratory resource company with diversified mineral properties in Southern, East and West Africa. It is exploring its properties in Mozambique, Ghana and Kenya for gold and other metals and it is undertaking exploration in Botswana and Namibia for diamonds, gold and other metals. In Mozambique the Company has approximately 230 sq. km. under license for gold and metals under an agreement with another company. In Ghana it has 28.9 sq. km. under license for gold. In Kenya it has approximately 850 sq. km. under license for gold and metals, and a further 737 sq. km. of gold and other minerals licenses under agreements with two other companies. The Company’s operations in Mozambique are carried out through its subsidiary PAM Mocambique Limitada and its operations in Ghana are carried out through its subsidiary AQ Ghana Gold Limited. Its operations in Kenya are being carried out through its operating subsidiary AQ Kenya Gold Limited. Its operations in Botswana are carried out through its operating subsidiary, PAM Botswana (Pty) Ltd.; its operations in Namibia are carried out through its operating subsidiary PAM Minerals Namibia (Pty) Ltd. The Company has its executive offices in Vancouver, Canada. The Company was incorporated under the laws of the Province of British Columbia, Canada on April 30, 2008 and received certain southern African assets in a spin off transaction related to the acquisition of Pan African Mining Corp. by Asia Thai Mining Co., Ltd.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF
AFRICAN QUEEN MINES, LTD.
Chairman & CEO
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