Sable Mining updates progress for Lubu coal field development in Zimbabwe

Source: Sable Mining Africa Ltd

Sable Mining Africa Ltd, the AIM listed resource company, is pleased to announce an update on the Lubu Coal Concession, which covers 19,236 hectares of the highly prospective Karro Mid-Zambezi coal basin in the established Hwange (Wankie) mining district in North Eastern Zimbabwe.

The 36 hole first phase drilling program commenced on 4 October 2010 with three drill rigs mobilized by drilling contractor African Mining and Exploration. To date five holes have been completed for a total 600m. All holes have intersected coal zones with thicknesses varying between 47m and 89m and the shallowest top of coal intersection is 9m from surface. Down hole geophysical measurements are commencing this week, which will be used to confirm and correlate the main coal seam thicknesses that occur at the base of the coal zone referred to above.

The Lubu coal fields were originally explored by Messina Transvaal Development Services Ltd ('MTD') in the 1980s, at which time MTD estimated the area to have an inferred resource of 334 million tonnes of low-sulphur coal, with a calorific value of 24 MJ/kg. This resource was principally located in the 14-18m thick main seam, which was also believed to contain coking coal in its lower section. It has been estimated by the Company's independent consultants Behre Dolbear & Company that, with further exploration and drilling, there is potential to increase the coal resource at Lubu to 515 million tonnes. No SAMREC compliant resource estimate currently exists for Lubu.

Sable Mining CEO Andrew Groves said, "The 36 hole drilling program should allow us to better define the geology of the coal basin with the intention of confirming the initial 330 million tonnes to SAMREC compliant status. We are in a prime region for coal development and look forward to completing the first phase which we believe will underline the prospectivity of the project."

Mining and mineral advisory firm Behre Dolbear & Company, Inc. has been appointed by the Company to review the historical data and is familiar with the Hwange coal district of Zimbabwe. Dr. Christopher Wheatley is a Senior Associate at Behre Dolbear and professional "Competent Person" as defined by various international instruments and takes responsibility for the release of this information.

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