Pavian Other Prospects

The Pavian Zinc-Lead Trend covers more than 30 kilometres of strike and hosts a number of prospect areas outside the Border Zinc-Lead deposit. These prospects have the potential to host significant zinc-lead mineralisation in their own right, with the most significant being Sinkhole, Nosib H, Toggenburg and South Ridge.


Surface geochemistry shows the outline of the Pavian Trend, including the Ratel, Hornigs, Nosib H, Border and South Ridge  prospects. Recent sampling has infilled the Sinkhole target area (results pending).

South Ridge
The South Ridge prospect is located at the eastern end of the Pavian Trend, just 900 metres from the sealed Grootfontein-Tsumeb highway; it is approximately 6 kilometres to the east of the Border deposit. In late 2011, Sabre discovered a broad zone of outcropping lead and zinc mineralisation, measuring around 1,500 x 50 m, during mapping of a geochemical anomaly at the South Ridge.

The mineralisation is composed of vein network and shear-hosted zinc-lead mineralisation and is similar in style and geometry to the Border deposit located to the west. The fresh galena and sphalerite mineralisation at South Ridge has now been mapped continuously for over 1.5 kilometres of strike and outcrops at the base of, and on the northern slopes of, a prominent hill.

A number of channel samples were undertaken across the outcropping mineralisation at South Ridge and returned very encouraging results:

SRCS0001 38 metres @ 4.04% Zn+Pb (1.42% Zinc + 2.62% Lead)

SRCS0002 23 metres @ 7.61% Zn+Pb (1.09% Zinc + 6.52% Lead)

Following the successful channel sampling program, a program of reconnaissance drilling was undertaken at South Ridge. An initial program of 17 Reverse Circulation (RC) holes was completed, with better results including:

SRRC 013 21 metres @ 1.53% Zn+Pb & 2.12 gpt Ag from 31 metres
including 7 metres @ 3.11% Zn+Pb & 3.50 gpt Ag from 35 metres

SRRC 016 23 metres @ 1.07% Zn+Pb & 1.00 gpt Ag from 76 metres 

This program was designed to confirm key attributes of the zinc-lead-silver mineralisation at South Ridge, in particular its orientation and mineralogy, in preparation for a more extensive drilling program for the estimation of a JORC resource.

A view from the Border deposit along the Pavian Trend, looking to the west. The image shows the satellite imagery with the prospect/ potential open pit locations.

Nosib H
The Nosib H prospect is the largest zinc-lead geochemical anomaly on the Pavian Trend. The anomaly covers over 2 kilometres of strike along a prominent ridge line. The prospect area has had little drill testing and will be further evaluated as part of Sabre's Zinc-Lead exploration program.

The Toggenburg Target Area
The target area over the Toggenburg Plains is highly prospective. The target occupies the area between Border and South Ridge, occupying over 5 kilometres of strike. The target is attractive as the area appears to have been preferentially weathered and is covered by a veneer of soil and sand. This indicates a softer host rock, which is likely due to alteration and, potentially, zinc-lead mineralisation.

The cover over the Toggenburg Plains masks much of the geochemical signature of any underlying mineralisation, however subdued anomalies remain evident. Sabre plans to test this area with systematic, shallow percussion drilling prior to conducting a more defined program of RC & diamond drilling.

The cyclicity of mineralisation along the Pavian Trend points to the Toggenburg Plains hosting significant mineralisation.

The Sinkhole Target Area
Sinkhole is located at the western end of the Pavian Trend, adjacent to the Nosib workings This area covers more than 6 kilometres of strike and has recently been the subject of an extensive surface sampling program.

Prospecting and mapping of the area has located a number of old mine workings, drill holes and trenches. A regional evaluation of the Sinkhole area is now underway, with the area showing the potential to host ‘Border-sized’ targets.


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