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Surrey, British Columbia, May 14, 2024 Desert Gold Ventures Inc. (the “Company”) (TSX.V: DAU, FSE: QXR2, OTC: DAUGF) is pleased to announce the initiation of the second phase of it 2024 drill program. A total of 3,750 meters of exploration drilling is planned on its SMSZ Project in Mali, West Africa (see Figure 1 for reginal setting).

Company CEO Jared Scharf commented “Desert Gold continues to advance the SMSZ project, both through an ongoing PEA study of the oxide gold resources at 2 deposits and continued exploration, proximal to the oxide gold zones. This second phase program will test for extensions to two resource gold zones, a previously drilled gold occurrence and two high priority Au-in- auger anomaly areas. We strongly believe that this work will result in extensions to the Mogoyafara South zone, additional potential oxide gold resources at Barani East and the discovery of new gold zones at three exploration target areas.”

Technical Details of Phase 2 Drill Program

The company plans to drill test for extensions of the gold mineralization at Mogoyafara South, Barani East and Soa Zones (see Table below). Mineral resources have been estimated at Mogoyafara South and Barani East.


Target (see Figure 2 for zone locations)

# of holes

Meters planned

Target Highlights

Mogoyafara South



Extend known 12.39 million tonnes gold resource containing 412,800 ounces*. Specific targets include:

  • 50 m in from of 1.14 g/t Au /12 m
  • 100 m east of 1.18 g/t Au /46 m and 125 m east of 2.04 g/t Au /41 m
  • 50 m east of 1.62 g/t Au /15 m
  • 125 m east of 0.92 g/t Au/34 m
  • 50 m below 2.92 g/t Au/7 m

Barani East



Extend oxide gold resources to south




Test 8,650, 462 and 440 ppb Au-in-auger anomalies (see picture below of gold panned from 8,650 ppb Au site)


Soa area



Follow-up on 2.04 g/t Au over 30 meres**




Test 1,527 ppb gold-in-auger***, proximal to a km-long tourmaline alteration zone and area of structural rotation


Technical Study Update (The “PEA”)

Core sampling is in progress. Samples of ¼ cut core will be sent to SGS in Bamako for gold analysis to determine the limits of the gold zones at Barani East, Gourbassi West and Gourbassi West North. Once the gold zones have been defined, the remaining ¾ cut core will be sent to Maelgwyn South Africa to model the heap leach gold recoveries by zone. This information will form a key part of the ongoing Preliminary Economic Assessment study of the oxide gold resources at Barani East and Gourbassi West.

Barani East and Barani Gap Deposits

Oxide and transition mineral resources at Barani East and Barani Gap comprise measured and indicated mineral resources of 53,700* ozs Au grading 2.09 g/t Au and inferred mineral resources of 40,700* ounces grading 1.33 g/t Au (see Figure 2 for location).

 At Barani East, in 2014, 2-tonne metallurgical sample of oxide mineralization, ground to 80% passing 70 micron grading 2.74 g/t Au, was first subjected to a 21.6% mass pull spiral concentrate and then an intense leach combined with normal leaching of the tails over 24 hours, recovered 78.7% of the gold*.

The Barani East oxide and transition resources lie above the Barani East deposit which contains fresh rock measured and indicated mineral resource totaling 37,500 ounces grading 1.78 g/t Au and an additional inferred mineral resource of 33,700 ozs grading 1.66 g/t Au*.

Bottle roll leach tests of the fresh rock Barani East gold mineralization, ground to 85% passing 75 microns and leaching over 72 hours suggest gold recoveries ranging from 83% to 98.7%*. This data suggest that fresh rock gold mineralization may also be heap leachable.

Gourbassi West Deposit

Oxide and transition mineral resources at Gourbassi West comprises measured and indicated mineral resources of 77,200* ozs Au grading 0.93 g/t Au and inferred mineral resources of 14,600* ounces grading 0.91 g/t Au (see Figure 2 for location).

Three samples of oxide gold mineralization, grading 0.33, 0.67 and 1.05 g/t Au, were ground to 80% passing 100 microns and subject to a 48-hour bottle roll cyanide leach. Gold recoveries of 92.4%, 94.3% and 94.2%, respectively, were attained with most of the gold recovered in 24 hours.

Gourbassi West North Deposit

The 1.6 km long Gourbassi West North Deposit lies 500 metres north of the Gourbassi West Deposit (Figure 2). The upper 25-30 metres of this deposit is oxidized and is expected, as per other oxide gold zones on the property and region, to have gold recoveries in excess of 90%. A mineral resource estimate of this zone will be carried out and, if deemed material, this zone will be considered as potential feed for a heap leach component of the PEA.

Exploration – Core Drilling

Four core holes were completed at the Mogoyafara South and Frikidi Zones. Assays for these holes are pending.

* Desert Gold NI 43-101 compliant mineral resource report filed on March 3, 2022 and available on Sedar+.

** Desert Gold news release March 25, 2019

*** Desert Gold news release October 1, 2019

**** Desert Gold new release February 24, 2020


Figure 1 – SMSZ Project Location and Major Deposits in Western Mali and Eastern Senegal (* see deposit resources disclosures at end)



Figure 2. SMSZ Property scale Summary and Zone location plan


This press release contains certain scientific and technical information. The Company is solely responsible for the contents and accuracy of any scientific and technical information related to it. Don Dudek, P.Geo. a director of Desert Gold and a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information contained in this press release.

On Behalf of The Board

“Jared Scharf”


Jared Scharf

President & Director

About Desert Gold Ventures Inc.

Desert Gold Ventures Inc. is a gold exploration and development company which controls the 440 km2 SMSZ Project in Western Mali containing Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources of 8.47 million tonnes grading 1.14 g/t gold totaling 310,300 ounces and Inferred Mineral Resources of 20.7 million tonnes grading 1.16 g/t gold totaling 769,200 ounces. For further information please visit www.SEDAR.com under the company’s profile. Website: www.desertgold.ca


Jared Scharf, President & CEO

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* Figure 1 disclosure