MONTREAL, April 21, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ - Aya Gold & Silver Inc. (TSX: AYA) (OTCQX: AYASF) ("Aya" or the "Corporation") is pleased to announce high-grade silver results from its drill exploration program at the Zgounder Silver Mine in the Kingdom of Morocco including 4,101 grams per tonne silver over 14.4 meters, which represents its highest-grade silver intercept to date.

Key Highlights (all intersections are in core lengths)

  • Delineation of a new zone close to current mine galleries at the 2,030 meters ("m") level with TD28-22-2030-042, which intercepted 4,101 grams per tonne ("g/t") silver ("Ag") over 14.4m including
    • 15,479 g/t Ag over 1.2m
    • 14,720 g/t Ag over 1.2m
    • 8,320 g/t Ag over 1.2m
    • 4,000 g/t Ag over 1.2m
    • 2,956 g/t Ag over 1.2m
    • 2,640 g/t Ag over 1.2m
  • TD28-22-2030-041, which intercepted 1,266 g/t Ag over 13.2m including
    • 5,920 g/t Ag over 1.2m
    • 5,120 g/t Ag over 1.2m
  • Increase of near-surface grade in area between two galleries with TD28-22-2125-007, which intercepted 540 g/t Ag over 25.2m including
    • 1,824 g/t Ag over 1.2m
    • 1,260 g/t Ag over 1.2m
  • Continued definition at the 1,975m level with DZG-SF-22-58, which intercepted 1,792 g/t Ag over 4.5m including
    • 3,360 g/t Ag over 1.5m
    • 1,432 g/t Ag over 1.5m
  • DZG-SF-22-61 at the 1,975m level also intercepted 1,239 g/t Ag over 4.5m including
    • 2,320 g/t Ag over 1.5m
    • 1,088 g/t Ag over 1.5m

"While we continue to expect positive drill exploration results at Zgounder, hole TD28-22-2030-042 has exceeded expectations. This remarkable near-surface intercept, which was drilled at a 60-degree overlap to DZF-SF-21-02bis, is the thickest high-grade silver intercept publicly recorded on the property and significantly extends the work area by delineating a new area between two mineralized zones. In addition to delivering spectacular grades and widths in the immediate production area, today's results add ounces and further de-risk the mining sequence to support Zgounder's 2,700 tonne-per-day expansion," said Benoit La Salle, President & CEO.

Included in this release are results for 34 holes , which include 1 surface diamond drill hole ("DDH"), 13 underground DDH  and 20 T28 percussion holes.  For a full summary of today's results, refer to Appendixes 1 and 2.

Table 1 – Significant Intercepts from Drilling at Zgounder (core lengths)

Hole No.

From (m)

To (m)

Length1 (m)

Ag2 (g/t)

Underground

DZG-SF-22-48

 

7.5

9.0

1.5

264

49.0

50.0

1.0

4,480

128.5

133.0

4.5

717

DZG-SF-22-58

40.0

41.0

1.0

77

48.5

53.0

4.5

1,792


Including

1.5

3,360


Including

1.5

1,432

65.0

67.0

2.0

819

71.0

72.5

1.5

106

76.0

77.0

1.0

234

DZG-SF-22-61

 

26.5

31.0

4.5

1,239


including

1.5

1,088


including

1.5

2,320

TD28-22-2125-007

 

1.2

26.4

25.2

540


including

1.2

1,260


including

1.2

1,824

TD28-22-2030-041

 

4.8

18.0

13.2

1,266


including

1.2

5,120


including

1.2

5,920

20.4

22.8

2.4

134

25.2

26.4

1.2

172

TD28-22-2030-042

6.0

20.4

14.4

4,101


including

1.2

2,956


including

1.2

8,320


including

1.2

2,640


including

1.2

14,720


including

1.2

15,479


including

1.2

4,000

24.0

25.2

1.2

116

1

Holes were drilled at various angles; true widths are not known at this time.

2

All assay results are above the cut-off grade of 75 g/t Ag.

Figure 1: Location of DDH Results at Zgounder as per Appendixes 1 & 2 (CNW Group/Aya Gold & Silver Inc)

Quality Assurance

For core drilling, all individual samples represent approximately one metre in length of core, which is halved. Half of the core is kept on site for reference, and its counterpart is sent for preparation and assaying to African Laboratory for Mining and Environment ("Afrilab") in Marrakech, Morocco. All samples are analyzed for silver, copper, iron, lead, and zinc using Aqua regia and finished by atomic absorption spectroscopy ("AAS"). Samples grading above 200 g/t Ag are reanalyzed using fire assaying.

For definition drilling using T28 drilling equipment, all individual samples represent 1.2m in length. Samples are assayed at either the Zgounder Mine Laboratory ("ZMSM") or at Afrilab. At Afrilab, all samples are analyzed for silver, copper, iron, lead, and zinc using Aqua regia and finished by AAS. Samples grading above 200 g/t Ag are reanalyzed using fire assaying. At ZMSM, all samples are analyzed for silver only using Aqua regia and finished by AAS. Rigorous quality controls (QaQc) are applied at both locations.

Marc-Antoine Audet, Ph.D. P. Geo, Geological Consultant, is Aya Gold & Silver's Qualified Person and has reviewed this press release for accuracy and compliance with National Instrument 43-101.

About Aya Gold & Silver Inc.

Aya Gold & Silver Inc. is a rapidly growing, Canada-based silver producer with operations in the Kingdom of Morocco.

The only TSX-listed pure silver mining company, Aya operates the high-grade Zgounder Silver Mine and is exploring its properties along the prospective South-Atlas Fault, several of which have hosted past-producing mines and historical resources. Aya's Moroccan mining assets are complemented by its Tijirit Gold Project in Mauritania, which is being advanced to feasibility.

Aya's management team has been focused on maximising shareholder value by anchoring sustainability at the heart of its operations, governance, and financial growth plans.

For additional information, please visit Aya's website at www.ayagoldsilver.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain statements that constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws ("forward-looking statements"), which reflects management's expectations regarding Aya's future growth and business prospects (including the timing and development of new deposits and the success of exploration activities) and other opportunities. Wherever possible, words such as "confirm",  "de-risk", "expect", "demonstrate", "continuity", "potential", "continue", "expand", "seems", and similar expressions or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might", "will", or are "likely" to be taken, occur or be achieved, have been used to identify such forward-looking information. Specific forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements and information with respect to the exploration and development potential of Zgounder, the conversion of Inferred Mineral Resources into Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources and future opportunities for enhancing development at Zgounder. Although the forward-looking information contained in this press release reflect management's current beliefs based upon information currently available to management and based upon what management believes to be reasonable assumptions, Aya cannot be certain that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking information. Such forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions, opinions and analysis made by management in light of its experience, current conditions, and its expectations of future developments that management believe to be reasonable and relevant but that may prove to be incorrect. These assumptions include, among other things, the ability to obtain any requisite governmental approvals, the presence of artisanal miners, obtaining regulatory permits for on site work, importing goods and machinery and employment permits, the accuracy of Mineral Reserve and Mineral Resource Estimates (including, but not limited to, ore tonnage and ore grade estimates), the price of silver, the price of gold, exchange rates, fuel and energy costs, future economic conditions, anticipated future estimates of free cash flow, and courses of action. Aya cautions you not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements.

The risks and uncertainties that may affect forward-looking statements include, among others: the inherent risks involved in exploration and development of mineral properties, including government approvals and permitting, changes in economic conditions, changes in the worldwide price of silver gold and other key inputs, changes in mine plans (including, but not limited to, throughput and recoveries being affected by metallurgical characteristics) and other factors, such as project execution delays, many of which are beyond the control of Aya, as well as other risks and uncertainties which are more fully described in Aya's 2021 Annual Information Form dated March 31, 2022, and in other filings of Aya with securities and regulatory authorities which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Aya does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements should assumptions related to these plans, estimates, projections, beliefs, and opinions change. Nothing in this document should be construed as either an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy or sell Aya securities. All references to Aya include its subsidiaries unless the context requires otherwise. 

Appendix 1 - Mineral Intercepts from Surface Drilling at Zgounder (core lengths)

Hole No.

From

 (m)

To

 (m)

Length1

 (m)

Ag2

 (g/t)

DZG-21-28

 

81.5

83.0

1.5

743

234.0

235.0

1.0

76

238.5

239.5

1.0

350

251.0

251.5

0.5

109

268.0

272.0

4.0

247

278.0

283.0

5.0

255

291.0

292.0

1.0

710

1

Holes were drilled at various angles, true widths are not known at this time.

2

All assay results are above the cut-off grade of 75 g/t Ag.

Appendix 2 - Mineral Intercepts from Underground Drilling at Zgounder (core lengths)

Hole No.

From

 (m)

To

 (m)

Length1

 (m)

Ag2

 (g/t)

DZG-SF-22-48

 

7.5

9.0

1.5

264

49.0

50.0

1.0

4,480

128.5

133.0

4.5

717

DZG-SF-22-50

 

6.5

7.0

0.5

240

12.5

16.0

3.5

970

DZG-SF-22-53

18.0

19.5

1.5

260

DZG-SF-22-54

10.5

12.0

1.5

586

DZG-SF-22-55

18.5

20.0

1.5

228

DZG-SF-22-56

12.0

13.5

1.5

344

25.5

26.0

0.5

272

33.0

39.0

6.0

278

DZG-SF-22-57

 

43.0

43.5

0.5

912

58.0

59.5

1.5

112

DZG-SF-22-58

40.0

41.0

1.0

77

48.5

53.0

4.5

1,792


including

1.5

3,360


including

1.5

1,432

65.0

67.0

2.0

819

71.0

72.5

1.5

106

76.0

77.0

1.0

234

DZG-SF-22-59

14.5

16.0

1.5

91

DZG-SF-22-60

9.0

11.0

2.0

439

DZG-SF-22-61

 

26.5

31.0

4.5

1,239


including

1.5

1,088


including

1.5

2,320

DZG-SF-22-63

 

13.5

15.0

1.5

705

18.0

18.5

0.5

96

DZG-SF-22-64

5.0

6.5

1.5

249

T28

TD28-22-2125-001

13.2

26.4

13.2

213

TD28-22-2125-007

 

1.2

26.4

25.2

540


including

1.2

1,260


including

1.2

1,824

TD28-22-2125-008

7.2

19.2

12.0

156

TD28-22-2030-009

12.0

18.0

6.0

441

TD28-22-2030-010

14.4

19.2

4.8

258

TD28-22-2030-019

13.2

14.4

1.2

349

TD28-22-2030-020

8.4

9.6

1.2

98

16.8

18.0

1.2

112

TD28-22-2125-025

 

0.0

3.6

3.6

307

19.2

26.4

7.2

267

TD28-22-2125-026

 

0.0

8.4

8.4

263

10.8

12.0

1.2

112

TD28-22-2125-027

0

1.2

1.2

132

TD28-22-2125-028

2.4

6.0

3.6

412

TD28-22-2125-029

4.8

21.6

16.8

287

TD28-22-2125-030

 

0.0

2.4

2.4

128

4.8

13.2

8.4

970

TD28-22-2125-031

15.6

16.8

1.2

104

TD28-22-2030-040

3.6

7.2

3.6

227


9.6

10.8

1.2

94

TD28-22-2030-041

 

4.8

18.0

13.2

1,266


including

1.2

5,120


including

1.2

5,920

20.4

22.8

2.4

134

25.2

26.4

1.2

172

TD28-22-2030-042

6.0

20.4

14.4

4,101


including

1.2

2,956


including

1.2

8,320


including

1.2

2,640


including

1.2

14,720


including

1.2

15,479


including

1.2

4,000

24.0

25.2

1.2

116

YAKD-22-2030-001

14.4

16.8

2.4

267

YAKD-22-2030-002

33.6

39.6

6.0

238.4

YAKD-22-2030-003

31.2

33.6

2.4

851

1

Holes were drilled at various angles, true widths are not known at this time.

2

All assay results are above the cut-off grade of 75 g/t Ag.

 

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