Vancouver, British Columbia -- July 8, 2008 -- Africa West Minerals Corp. (the "Company") is pleased to announce that exploration has commenced on the Nyakagwe Gold Project in Tanzania and an exploration program is proposed for the Ngira-Migori and Rosterman gold projects in Kenya. A budget of $450,000 is planned for these East African properties.
In Tanzania, the Nyakagwe Gold Project, located 6km from Barrick's 10.2 million ounce Bulyankhulu Gold Mine, has just recently undergone surface geochemical sampling that has indicated several anomalous areas. These areas have been ground-truthed and selected anomalous trends are now being trenched. Sampling of the trenches will help determine the near surface dimensions of the anomalous zones. A surface magnetic survey will commence in the next several weeks in order to aid in the interpretation of the gold mineralization. It is anticipated that drill targets for 2000 metres of Reverse Circulation (RC) drilling will be determined at this time. Near surface mineralization at the Nyakagwe Gold Project is characterized by gold associated with east -- west and northwest -- southeast trending quartz reefs. Previous grab samples from some of the reefs returned values from 2.0 to 10.8 gAu/t. The area has been subject to small scale artisanal mining over the last two decades. The total budget for this project is $350,000.
In Kenya, the Ngira-Migori Gold Project will undergo a first phase regional surface geochemical sampling program with subsequent trenching on selected anomalous trends. This program is expected to start in the next several weeks and will be completed by the end of August 2008. The Ngira-Migori property is located in the southern part of Kenya, within the Migori Archean greenstone belt, and adjacent to the past producing gold and copper McCalder Mine. Mineralization in this area is characterized by gold in quartz reefs as well as gold associated with massive to disseminated sulphides. Surface grab sampling at 2 of the mineralized reefs returned from 30ppb to 16.7 gAu/t. The budget for the Ngira-Migori project is $75,000.
Also in Kenya, the Rosterman Gold Project, located near the town of Kakamega in the Western Province, is the site of the past producing Rosterman Gold Mine. The mine was worked to a depth of 2000 feet between 1935 and 1952 and produced over 250,000 ounces of gold at an average grade of 13.6 gAu/t. A compilation of all historic data will be undertaken over the next several months to evaluate the orebody. It is anticipated that a three dimensional geological model could be produced from this historic data. Gold mineralization at the Rosterman Mine is typically associated with stacked sigmoidal quartz reefs hosted within and adjacent to a diorite. The country rock is generally Nyanzan Series mafic volcanic lavas and medium to coarse grained Kavirondan metasediments. A budget of $25,000 will be used for the Rosterman compilation.
Two other gold projects in Kenya, the Ugunja Project and the Sotik Project will be subject to an additional budget later this year. The Kanweaken and Gedabo Exploration Program in Liberia, West Africa will be on hold during the rainy season. It is expected that work will recommence there in October 2008.
The technical content of this news release has been prepared under the supervision of Jeffery Ackert who is a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101
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James T. Gillis, President
Telephone: (250) 314-0186
Jeffrey S. Ackert, VP Business Development and Exploration
Telephone: (613) 851-7699
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