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Sarama Resources Drills 34m @ 1.65g/t Au in New Oxide Zone

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Shallow Reconnaissance Drilling Opens Up New Trend for Exploration at MM & MC Prospects

PERTH, AUSTRALIA and VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / September 7, 2022 / Sarama Resources Ltd. ( "Sarama" or the "Company" ) (ASX:SRR)(TSX-V:SWA) is pleased to announce that exploration drilling has returned further significant intersections in near-surface oxide material outside the current Mineral Resource. These intersections, including 34m @ 1.65g/t Au , are in a sparsely drilled area at the MM & MC Prospects and open-up a new trend for future exploration. The reported drilling totals 700m, part of an ongoing +50,000m program at the Company's 100%-owned (4) , multi-million ounce Sanutura Project (the "Project" ), primarily designed to increase the oxide component of the Project's already large 0.6Moz Au (Indicated) plus 2.3Moz Au (Inferred) (1) Mineral Resource.

Highlights

  • New exploration trend, extending for 1.7km , identified at MM & MC Prospects within the Sanutura Project

  • Highlighted downhole intersections in oxide material from new assays include:

    • 34m @ 1.65g/t Au from 18m in TAA315;

    • 12m @ 1.36g/t Au from 18m in TAA417;

    • 4m @ 3.23g/t Au from 47m in TAA192 (including 1m @ 10.25g/t Au);

    • 12m @ 1.04g/t Au from 12m in TAA381 (including 4m @ 2.16g/t Au);

    • 5m @ 2.40g/t Au from 62m in TAA380; and

    • 5m @ 1.16g/t Au from 31m in TAA415

  • Potential for discovery of significant mineralised lodes oblique to the strike of the current Mineral Resource, which are integral to the gold endowment of the MM and MC Prospects

  • Intersections are in shallow, oxide material with high potential to add to the oxide and transition component of the Mineral Resource, currently standing at 0.2Moz Au (Indicated) plus 0.8Moz Au (Inferred) (2)

  • Results continue to highlight the potential for new discoveries and resource extension in underexplored areas

  • Further assays pending from Q2 2022 drill program - to be released as they come to hand and follow-up drilling, including greenfields exploration drilling, expected to commence in Q4 2022

Sarama's President, CEO & MD, Andrew Dinning commented:

"We are very pleased with these results and once again, the current drill program is delivering new, shallow high-value material, building on the new discovery at the Obi Prospect and new high-grade mineralisation within the MM Prospect. We are particularly excited by the 34m @ 1.65g/t Au intersection which is significant not only because it is in oxide material but also as it is outside the current Mineral Resource. The results show potential for another new exploration trend featuring oblique and/or blind mineralisation that has the potential to add significant amounts of high-value material to the current Mineral Resource."

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Figure 1 -Tankoro Deposit Location Plan

A Growth-Oriented Drill Program in Oxide Material

Reconnaissance Drilling Opens Up New Trend for Exploration

Results are being reported (refer Appendix A) for approximately 700m of aircore ( "AC" ) drilling (12 holes) undertaken in June/July 2022 in the southern part of the MM & MC Prospects (refer Figures 1 & 2). The drilling targeted the near-surface oxide horizon to a depth of approximately 50m and highlighted downhole intersections include:

  • 34m @ 1.65g/t Au from 18m in TAA315;

  • 12m @ 1.36g/t Au from 18m in TAA417;

  • 4m @ 3.23g/t Au from 47m in TAA192 (including 1m @ 10.25g/t Au);

  • 12m @ 1.04g/t Au from 12m in TAA381 (including 4m @ 2.16g/t Au);

  • 18m @ 0.98g/t Au from 9m in TAA416;

  • 5m @ 2.40g/t Au from 62m in TAA380; and

  • 5m @ 1.16g/t Au from 31m in TAA415.

The recent reconnaissance drilling was targeted using soil geochemistry and geophysical surveys conducted by Sarama and followed up historical reconnaissance drilling in the area which include highlighted intersections of:

  • 6m @ 3.31g/t Au from 42m in AC914;

  • 6m @ 2.18g/t Au from 22m in AC915; and

  • 4m @ 2.88g/t Au from 18m in AC906.

The drilling is part of the ongoing +50,000m drill program at the Project which is designed to significantly increase the oxide and transition component of the Mineral Resource which currently stands at 0.2Moz Au (Indicated) plus 0.8Moz Au (Inferred) (2) . Several of the new significant drill intersections occur within the Tankoro Deposit corridor in an area that is sparsely drilled and outside the current Mineral Resource, highlighting the potential for new discoveries in between existing wide-spaced drilling in underexplored areas.

Mineralisation at the Tankoro Deposit typically presents as a series of steeply dipping, sub-parallel lode packages assembled in two distinct tracts which demonstrate kilometre-scale continuity along their north-north-east strike. Successive exploration campaigns by Sarama have developed the geologic model to include secondary cross-linking mineralised lodes oriented at oblique angles to the lodes within the main mineralised tracts.

This architecture has been observed at the well-drilled areas of the MM and MC Prospects, which together host 66% of the Project's Mineral Resource. The mineralisation in these areas is interpreted to be the result of multi-phase deformation and fluid emplacement events and provide the economic focal points of the Tankoro Deposit given the associated increased lode volumes and higher grades. This occurrence is most notably proximal to the confluence of the cross-linking and main lodes which have produced very strong, historical intersections including:

  • 32m @ 4.82g/t Au from 14m in AC988 (MC Prospect);

  • 45m @ 3.88g/t au from 6m in AC1891 (MC Prospect);

  • 26m @ 6.90g/t Au from 22m in FRC845 (MC Prospect);

  • 36m @ 6.48g/t Au from 14m in DDH059 (MC Prospect);

  • 17.9m @ 7.23g/t Au from 101.3m in DDH010A (MM Prospect);

  • 13.8m @ 5.90g/t Au from 101.3m in DDH004 (MM Prospect);

  • 19m @ 4.64g/t Au from 65m in FRC154 (MM Prospect); and

  • 11.8m @ 8.06g/t Au from 35.3m in DDH041 (MM Prospect).

While the understanding of the drill area reported in this news release is currently limited, further drilling is planned to delineate the extent and geometry of mineralisation. The results of the new drilling suggest the potential for cross-linking mineralisation to be present in the area, reminiscent of the lode geometry seen in the more densely drilled areas of the deposit immediately to the north.

This bodes well for future exploration with potential additions from two areas:

  1. the immediate area along the 1.1km-long strike of the inferred oblique lode that is proximal to the very encouraging recent intersection of 34m @ 1.65g/t Au; and

  2. further repetitions of cross-linking lodes within a north-north-east trending zone of elevated gold-in-soil values which covers a footprint of 1.7km x 650m and is largely untested by drilling (refer Figures 2 & 3).

Drilling is currently paused until the end of the wet season in Q4 2022. The Company is currently interpreting results and incorporating these in its planning for further drilling of its highest priority targets around the Mineral Resource, including at these encouraging new locations, early in the next field season. A number of regional exploration targets will also be tested in the upcoming programs.

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Figure 2 - MM & MC Prospect - Drilling & Mineralisation Plan
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Figure 3 - MM & MC Prospects - 3D View of 1.7km-Long Corridor of Elevated Gold-in-Soil Values

An Already Large Mineral Resource with Potential to Grow

The Company's primary focus is its 100%-owned (4) Sanutura Project, which hosts a large Mineral Resource of 0.6Moz Au (Indicated) plus 2.3Moz Au (Inferred) (1) and covers an area of 1,420km 2 . The Project occupies a commanding position along 70km of strike in the prolific Houndé Belt (refer Figure 4); Burkina Faso's pre-eminent gold belt.

The Project lies 60km south of Endeavour Mining's Houndé Mine (5Moz Au); 120km south of Fortuna Silver's high-grade Yaramoko Mine (1Moz Au), and 140km south of Endeavour Mining's Mana Mine (5Moz Au), highlighting the significant gold endowment of the Houndé Belt (refer Appendix B). Endeavour Mining's Bantou Project (1.5Moz Au Inferred Mineral Resource (5) ) is located only 6km from the bulk of the Sanutura Project's main deposit, which illustrates the gold camp scale of endowment in the immediate area.

The Project has significant growth potential and the primary objective of the current +50,000m drill program is to increase the existing 0.2Moz Au (Indicated) plus 0.8Moz Au (Inferred) (2) oxide and transition component of the Project's Mineral Resource to enhance the economics of mine development.

The recent drill program has generally focused on shallow additional and extensional targets throughout the well-mineralised corridor, where mineralisation has been drill-defined for a semi-continuous strike length of 16km and where potential exists to expand the Mineral Resource at shallow depths in oxide material .

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Figure 4 - Sanutura Project Location Plan

Appendices

To access the appendices referred to in this announcement please click on the links below

Appendix A: Summary of Recently Drilled Results

https://saramaresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/appendix-a-summary-of-recently-retuirned-drill-results.pdf

Appendix B: References to Previous ASX Disclosure

https://saramaresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/appendix-b-references-to-previous-asx-disclosure-1.pdf

Appendix C: JORC Code (2012 Edition) - Table 1 Information

https://saramaresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/appendix-c-jorc-code-2012-edition-table-1-information-1.pdf

For further information, please contact:

Company Activities

Media Enquiries

Andrew Dinning or Paul Schmiede

Angela East
Media & Capital Partners

e: info@saramaresources.com
t: +61 8 9363 7600

e: Angela.east@mcpartners.com.au
t: +61 428 432 025

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Sarama Resources Ltd., Wednesday, September 7, 2022, Press release picture

ABOUT SARAMA RESOURCES LTD

Sarama Resources Ltd ( ASX: SRR , TSX-V: SWA ) is a West African focused gold explorer/developer with substantial landholdings in south-west Burkina Faso. Sarama is focused on maximising the value of its strategic assets and advancing its key projects towards development.

Sarama's 100%-owned (4) Sanutura Project is principally located within the prolific Houndé Greenstone Belt in south-west Burkina Faso and is the exploration and development focus of the Company. The Project hosts the Tankoro and Bondi Deposits which have a combined Mineral Resource of 0.6Moz gold (Indicated) plus 2.3Moz gold (Inferred) (1) .

Together, the deposits present a potential mine development opportunity featuring an initial, long-life CIL project which may be established and paid for by the significant oxide Mineral Resource base.

Sarama has built further optionality into its portfolio including an approximate 470km 2 exploration position in the highly prospective Banfora Belt in south-western Burkina Faso. The Koumandara Project hosts several regional-scale structural features and trends of gold-in-soil anomalism extending for over 25km along strike.

Sarama also holds an approximate 18% participating interest in the Karankasso Project Joint Venture ( "JV" ) which is situated adjacent to the Company's Sanutura Project in Burkina Faso and is a JV between Sarama and Endeavour Mining Corp ( "Endeavour" ) in which Endeavour is the operator of the JV. In February 2020, an updated Mineral Resource estimate of 709koz gold (3) was declared for the Karankasso Project JV.

The Company's Board and management team have a proven track record in Africa and a strong history in the discovery and development of large-scale gold deposits. Sarama is well positioned to build on its current success with a sound strategy to surface and maximise the value of its property portfolio.

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FOOTNOTES

  1. Mineral Resource estimate for Sanutura Project - 9.4Mt @ 1.9g/t Au for 0.6Moz Au (Indicated) plus 52.7Mt @ 1.4g/t Au for 2.3Moz (Inferred), reported at cut-off grades ranging 0.2-1.6g/t Au, reflecting the mining methods and processing flowsheets assumed to assess the likelihood of the Mineral Resources to have reasonable prospects for eventual economic extraction. The effective date of the Company's Mineral Resource estimate is 16 November 2021. For further information regarding the Mineral Resource estimate refer to the technical report titled "NI 43-101 Independent Technical Report Sanutura Project, South-West Burkina Faso", dated 7 February 2022 and prepared by Paul Schmiede, Rindra Le Grange and Fred Kock, and the Company's ASX Prospectus dated 11 March 2022. Paul Schmiede is an employee of Sarama. Ms Le Grange and Mr Kock are employees of Cube Consulting Pty Ltd and Orway Mineral Consultants Pty Ltd respectivley and are considered to be independent of Sarama. The technical report is available under Sarama's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and the ASX Prospectus is available under Sarama's profile on ASX at www.asx.com.au .

  2. Oxide & transition component of the Mineral Resource for Sanutura Project - 3.2Mt @ 1.6g/t Au for 0.2Moz Au (Indicated) plus 23.4Mt @ 1.1g/t Au for 0.8Moz Au (Inferred), reported above cut-off grades of 0.2g/t Au and 0.3g/t Au for oxide and transition material respectively.

  3. Mineral Resource estimate for Karankasso Project - 12.74Mt @ 1.73g/t Au for 709koz Au (effective date of December 31, 2019), disclosed on 24 February 2020 by Semafo Inc ("Semafo", since acquired by Endeavour Mining Corp. "Endeavour"). For further information regarding that Mineral Resource estimate, refer to the news release "Semafo: Bantou Project Inferred Resources Increase to 2.2Moz" dated 24 February 2020 and Semafo: Bantou Project NI43-101 Technical Report - Mineral Resource Estimate" dated 3 April 2020 and the Company's ASX Prospectus dated 11 March 2022. The news release and technical report are available under Semafo's and Endeavour's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and the ASX Prospectus is available under Sarama's profile on ASX at www.asx.com.au . The Mineral Resource estimate was fully prepared by, or under the supervision of Semafo. Sarama has not independently verified Semafo's mineral Resource Estimate and takes no responsibility for its accuracy. Semafo, and now Endeavour, is the operator of the Karankasso Project JV and Sarama is relying on their Qualified Persons' assurance of the validity of the Mineral Resource estimate. Additional technical work has been undertaken on the Karankasso Project since the effective date but Sarama is not in a position to quantify the impact of this additional work on the Mineral Resource estimate referred to above.

  4. The Government of Burkina Faso has processed the requisite documents to facilitate the grant of the new, full-term Tankoro 2 and Djarkadougou 2 Exploration Permits (the " Permits ") and subsequently issued the invitation to pay the permit issuance fees (the " Fees ") and the Fees were paid within the requisite 10-day timeline. Following the payment of the Fee, the issuance of the Permit's arrêté and related paperwork becomes an administrative process during which time the Company may undertake work on the Tankoro 2 and Djarkadougou 2 Properties. The Company expects the arrêtés and related paperwork to be issued in due course. The properties, hosting the Tankoro and Bondi Deposits respectively, were formerly known as Tankoro and Djarkadougou, but have been renamed as part of the process of re-issuing the respective Permits.

  5. Endeavour Mining's Bantou Project Mineral Resource - 38.4Mt @ 1.2g/t Au for 1.5Moz Au (Inferred). This is the aggregate of the Mineral Resource listing for the Bantou and Bantou Nord Deposits which are located within the Bantou Project. Data is sourced from Semafo: Bantou Project NI43-101 Technical Report - Mineral Resource Estimate" dated 3 April 2020. The technical report are available under Endeavour's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com .

CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD LOOKING INFORMATION

Information in this news release that is not a statement of historical fact constitutes forward-looking information. Such forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to, statements regarding the Company's future exploration and development plans, the potential for the Sanutura and Karankasso Projects to host economic mineralisation, the potential to expand the existing estimated Mineral Resources at the Sanutura Project (including the present oxide and transition component), the potential to extend and add to existing mineralisation at the MM & MC Prospects, the potential for the receipt of regulatory approvals and the timing and prospects for the issuance of the arrêtés for the Tankoro 2 and Djarkadougou 2 Exploration Permits by the Government of Burkina Faso. Actual results, performance or achievements of the Company may vary from the results suggested by such forward-looking statements due to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors. Such factors include, among others, that the business of exploration for gold and other precious minerals involves a high degree of risk and is highly speculative in nature; Mineral Resources are not mineral reserves, they do not have demonstrated economic viability, and there is no certainty that they can be upgraded to mineral reserves through continued exploration; few properties that are explored are ultimately developed into producing mines; geological factors; the actual results of current and future exploration; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be evaluated, as well as those factors disclosed in the Company's publicly filed documents.

There can be no assurance that any mineralisation that is discovered will be proven to be economic, or that future required regulatory licensing or approvals will be obtained. However, the Company believes that the assumptions and expectations reflected in the forward-looking information are reasonable. Assumptions have been made regarding, among other things, the Company's ability to carry on its exploration activities, the sufficiency of funding, the timely receipt of required approvals, the price of gold and other precious metals, that the Company will not be affected by adverse political events, the ability of the Company to operate in a safe, efficient and effective manner and the ability of the Company to obtain further financing as and when required and on reasonable terms. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information.

Sarama does not undertake to update any forward-looking information, except as required by applicable laws.

QUALIFIED PERSONS' STATEMENT

Scientific or technical information in this disclosure that relates to the preparation of the Mineral Resource estimate for the Sanutura Project is based on information compiled or approved by Paul Schmiede. Paul Schmiede is an employee of Sarama Resources Ltd and is a Fellow in good standing of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Paul Schmiede has sufficient experience which is relevant to the commodity, style of mineralisation under consideration and activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101. Paul Schmiede consents to the inclusion in this news release of the information, in the form and context in which it appears.

Scientific or technical information in this disclosure that relates to exploration activities at the Sanutura Project is based on information compiled or approved by Guy Scherrer. Guy Scherrer is an employee of Sarama Resources Ltd and is a member in good standing of the Ordre des Géologues du Québec and has sufficient experience which is relevant to the commodity, style of mineralisation under consideration and activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101. Guy Scherrer consents to the inclusion in this disclosure of the information, in the form and context in which it appears.

Scientific or technical information in this disclosure that relates to the quotation of the Karankasso Project's Mineral Resource estimate and exploration activities is based on information compiled by Paul Schmiede. Paul Schmiede is an employee of Sarama Resources Ltd and is a Fellow in good standing of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Paul Schmiede has sufficient experience which is relevant to the commodity, style of mineralisation under consideration and activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101. Paul Schmiede consents to the inclusion in this disclosure of the information, in the form and context in which it appears. Paul Schmiede and Sarama have not independently verified Semafo's (now Endeavour's) Mineral Resource estimate and take no responsibility for its accuracy.

COMPETENT PERSONS' STATEMENT

The Mineral Resource estimates referred to in this disclosure were first disclosed in accordance with ASX Listing Rule 5.8 in the Company's ASX Prospectus dated 11 March 2022. The Company confirms that it is not aware of any new information or data that materially affects the information included in the ASX Prospectus and that all material assumptions and technical parameters underpinning the estimates in the ASX Prospectus continue to apply and have not materially changed.

The new Exploration Results reported in this disclosure are based on, and fairly represent, information and supporting documentation prepared by Guy Scherrer. Guy Scherrer is an employee of Sarama Resources and a member of the Ordre des Géologues du Québec. Guy Scherrer has provided their prior written consent as to the form and context in which the new Exploration Results and the supporting information are presented in this disclosure.

The previously reported Exploration Results referred to in this disclosure were first disclosed in accordance with ASX Listing Rule 5.7 in the Company's ASX disclosure listed in Appendix B. The Company confirms that it is not aware of any new information or data that materially affects the information included in those previous items of disclosure.

This announcement has been authorised by the Board of Sarama Resources.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

SOURCE: Sarama Resources Ltd.



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