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    Monday, November 16, 2009
    West Wits Mining confirms gold mineralisation in Monarch Pit area, South Africa
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    African-focused West Wits Mining (ASX:WWI) has completed a follow-up mapping and channel sampling program in the historical Monarch Pit area, where significant gold values have been returned.

    The Monarch Pit area is the southern strike continuation of the Emerald Project, 1.2km to the north, near Johannesburg, South Africa.

    The program was completed due to gold values previously reported in remnant conglomerate reef sitting in the base of the pit as well as in existing stockpiles in and around the pit area.

    The basal conglomerate package has returned multiple mineralised intervals over the sampled strike length of 200m. The mineralisation is open along strike to the north and down dip, with widths up to 5m, indicating to the company that there is potential to define additional economic gold mineralisation.

    The significant gold values from channel samples across the remnant reef horizons included 4.04m @ 2.53 g/t Au, 5.21m @ 2.75 g/t Au 3.86m @ 3.52 g/t Au and 5.15m @1.72 g/t Au.

    The area investigated comprises shallow open pit workings completed in the early 1990s with mining concentrated on the extraction of the Kimberley Reef and Black Reef from surface to an approximate 30 metre vertical depth. Coffey Mining was engaged to complete the sampling and mapping program to determine the extent and distribution of gold within the Monarch Pit. The program involved excavating seven channels or shallow trenches across the width of the pit to expose the individual conglomerate and interbedded quartzite units which were then sampled and submitted for gold analysis.

    West Wits managing director Grant Ferguson said the company believed the Monarch Pit sampling program would provide a valuable window into the geology, gold distribution and mining techniques applicable to the proposed mining of the Emerald Project.

    "The company also believes that additional drilling within the pit and along strike to the north, along the line of the Kimberley Reef, has the potential to define further near surface gold mineralisation," Mr Ferguson said.

    "The Monarch results are seen as very encouraging by the companys exploration team, firstly as potential, easily accessible, initial feedstock for production whilst the initial Emerald Project pit development is underway.

    "And secondly, as further evidence that the 1.2 km untested zone of the Kimberley Reef between the Monarch Pit and the recently announced Emerald Reserve has the potential for significant near surface gold mineralisation."

    A drilling program has been designed to test the near surface potential of this zone of Kimberley Reef and will be completed in the first quarter of 2010.
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