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2020

B2Gold Announces Positive Exploration Drill Results from Near Fekola and Anaconda Area Exploration Drilling

VANCOUVER, BC, September 17, 2020 /CNW/ - B2Gold Corp. (TSX: BTO) (NYSE AMERICAN: BTG) (NSX: B2G) ("B2Gold" or the "Company") announces additional positive exploration drilling results from the Cardinal and FMZ zones near Fekola, and the Mamba zone in the Anaconda area:

Highlights

  • New high-grade drill results from the Cardinal and FMZ zones extend the mineralization to over 3.5 kilometres along strike, continuing to indicate potential for additional gold deposits near the Fekola mine, with additional potential at depth and along strike
  • Resource infill drilling completed at the Cardinal zone, with an initial Inferred Mineral Resource estimate expected in the first quarter of 2021
  • Additional high-grade drill intercepts at the Mamba zone extend the mineralized zone by over one kilometre, to a total known strike length of approximately 2.2 kilometres (20 kilometres north of Fekola)
  • Resource infill drilling at the Mamba zone in the Anaconda area approximately 90% complete, with an updated mineral resource estimate for the Anaconda area expected by the end of the fourth quarter of 2020
  • The Fekola deposit remains open to the north

Recent Exploration Drilling

In 2020, B2Gold continued exploration drilling near Fekola and the Anaconda area with an $18 million program in Mali that focussed on exploration at the Cardinal and FMZ zones near the Fekola deposit which demonstrate potential for additional gold deposits within 3 kilometres of the Fekola mill, expanding the mineral resources within the Anaconda area, including the Mamba zone, and further testing the sulphide zones.

Fekola Regional Exploration

B2Gold completed approximately 33,000 metres of combined reverse circulation and diamond drilling on the Cardinal and FMZ zones in 2020. The new high-grade drill results now extend the gold mineralization at the Cardinal and FMZ zones to over 3.5 kilometres along strike and intersected up to 350 metres vertically below surface, with the northern portion of the Cardinal zone passing within 500 metres of the current Fekola resource pit.  The high gold grade intersections at the Cardinal zone locally define a moderately northeast plunging shoot, which demonstrates good exploration potential down plunge. Mineralization at the Cardinal and FMZ zones remains open at depth and along strike. 

The Cardinal and FMZ zones comprise multiple, sub-parallel, west-dipping shear zones with an average width of approximately 10 metres for the main Cardinal zone. Within the shears, gold is spatially associated with quartz-carbonate veins and is strongly associated with the coarse grained pyrite.  Rare visible gold has been noted within the quartz-carbonate veins. 

In addition, most of the Cardinal and FMZ zones have now been drilled to approximately 50 x 50 metre centres, sufficient to commence the preparation of initial Inferred Mineral Resource estimate, which the Company expects to release in the first quarter of 2021.

Select results from the recent Cardinal and FMZ drilling include:

Target

Hole ID

From (m)

To (m)

Meters

Gold g/t

FMZ

FKD_461

236.50

245.50

9.00

3.75

FMZ

FKD_462

135.20

146.00

10.80

13.34

FMZ

FKD_462

162.00

176.90

14.90

3.18

FMZ

FER_135

72

78

6

7.32

FMZ

FER_135

131

142

11

2.18

Cardinal

FKD_511

212.40

239.87

27.47

3.34

Cardinal

FKD_469

174.20

180.45

6.25

7.92

Cardinal

FKD_476

129.70

135.10

5.40

7.45

Cardinal

FKD_477

260.80

286.10

25.30

2.36

Cardinal

FKD_479

144.90

165.00

20.10

15.47

Cardinal

FKD_481

272.00

294.00

22.00

2.73

Cardinal

FKD_486

81.00

92.15

11.15

3.35

Cardinal

FKD_499

147.00

160.85

13.85

1.55

Cardinal

FKD_504

23.57

32.25

8.68

3.69

Cardinal

FKD_508

229.50

236.30

6.80

7.08

Cardinal

FKD_512

153.50

159.90

6.40

4.29

Cardinal

FKD_512

187.45

198.60

11.15

6.18

Cardinal

FKD_514

180.20

197.90

17.70

1.29

Cardinal

FER_098

58

72

14

3.80

Cardinal

FER_111

114

119

5

6.43

Cardinal

FER_115

93

108

15

8.85

Cardinal

FER_141

72

85

13

1.99

Cardinal

FER_143

62

91

29

1.41

Cardinal

FER_145

97

106

9

3.73

Cardinal

FER_147

138

146

8

3.19

Cardinal

FER_148

29

39

10

4.49

Cardinal

FER_149

132

138

6

3.57

Cardinal

FER_166

45

51

6

5.47

Cardinal

FER_181

111

124

13

2.57


Composites are reported above 0.6 g/t gold cutoff.

Cardinal: Schematic Long Section (NW Facing)

Cardinal: Schematic Long Section (NW Facing) (CNW Group/B2Gold Corp.)

Click here to view the Cardinal: Schematic Long Section (NW Facing)

Anaconda Area Exploration

B2Gold completed approximately 18,000 metres of combined reverse circulation and diamond drilling on the Anaconda area, focused mainly on the Mamba zone, in 2020. The Company has previously announced an Inferred Mineral Resource estimate for the Anaconda area of 767,000 ounces of gold at 1.1 grams per tonne ("g/t") in near surface saprolite mineralization over 4.5 kilometres and up to 500 metres wide. 

The exploration drilling on the Mamba zone focused on increasing the size of the known saprolite resource and further testing the underlying sulphide mineralization. The high-grade intercepts at the Mamba zone demonstrate well mineralized intersections of sulphide-hosted gold over a total strike length of approximately 2.2 kilometres, approximately 1.2 kilometres longer than previously reported. The good grade and width combinations continue to provide strong support for this interpretation, including intersections in MSD_200 (3.40 g/t gold over 15.80 metres) and MSD_201 (3.86 g/t gold over 13.80 metres), and provide a strong indication of the potential for a second Fekola-style south plunging body of sulphide mineralization, which remains open down plunge. One of the key geological aspects of the Mamba zone is the continuity in the high grade mineralization in the transition from saprolite- to sulphide-hosted zones of mineralization.

The Company also completed additional infill drilling in order to provide sufficient definition for an updated mineral resource estimate on the Anaconda area, which the Company expects to be completed by the end of the fourth quarter of 2020.  Geological modeling and the preliminary stages of resource estimation are currently in progress.

Select results from Mamba saprolite drilling include:

Target

Hole ID

From (m)

To (m)

Meters

Gold g/t

Domain

Mamba

BND_010

0.0

15.2

15.2

2.71

saprolite

Mamba

BND_010

43.1

66.0

22.9

1.22

saprolite

Mamba

BND_014

35.0

49.5

14.5

2.55

saprolite

Mamba

BNR_139

40.0

55.0

15.0

1.68

saprolite

Mamba

BNR_149

2.0

14.0

12.0

2.62

saprolite

Mamba

BNR_159

35.0

49.0

14.0

3.12

saprolite

Mamba

BNR_165

22.0

37.0

15.0

2.38

saprolite

Mamba

BNR_191

0.0

29.0

29.0

1.84

saprolite

Mamba

BNR_194

24.0

55.0

31.0

3.89

saprolite

Mamba

BNR_206

88.0

114.0

26.0

1.80

saprolite

Mamba

BNR_216

0.0

48.0

48.0

1.69

saprolite

Mamba

BNR_217

22.0

56.0

34.0

1.56

saprolite

Mamba

BNR_217

73.0

115.0

42.0

2.18

saprolite

Mamba

BNR_220

43.0

86.0

43.0

1.23

saprolite

Mamba

MSD_204

72.5

97.0

24.5

1.15

saprolite


Saprolite composites are reported above a 0.2 g/t gold cutoff.

Select results from the Mamba zone sulphide drilling include :

Target

Hole ID

From (m)

To (m)

Meters

Gold g/t

Domain

Mamba

BND_006

100.5

116.1

15.6

2.49

sulphide

Mamba

BND_006

237

246

9

1.49

sulphide

Mamba

BND_007

172

185.5

13.5

1.66

sulphide

Mamba

BND_008

116

124.7

8.7

11.84

sulphide

Mamba

BND_008

146

158

12

2.77

sulphide

Mamba

BND_015

202.15

207.3

5.15

4.13

sulphide

Mamba

BNR_106

31

42

11

2.03

sulphide

Mamba

BNR_109

72

98

26

1.57

sulphide

Mamba

BNR_122

90

113

23

1.14

sulphide

Mamba

BNR_144

110

124

14

1.58

sulphide

Mamba

BNR_151

138

160

22

1.45

sulphide

Mamba

BNR_191

116

150

34

4.11

sulphide

Mamba

BNR_194

179

205

26

2.22

sulphide

Mamba

BNR_206

114

135

21

2.83

sulphide

Mamba

BNR_227

52

77

25

2.43

sulphide

Mamba

MSD_193

283.1

303.5

20.4

1.02

sulphide

Mamba

MSD_194

131.3

149

17.7

1.55

sulphide

Mamba

MSD_194

239.1

254.8

15.7

6.96

sulphide

Mamba

MSD_196

314.9

325.12

10.22

2.01

sulphide

Mamba

MSD_197

267.7

281.1

13.4

2.38

sulphide

Mamba

MSD_198

154.1

170.6

16.5

1.57

sulphide

Mamba

MSD_198

244.6

257.8

13.2

1.56

sulphide

Mamba

MSD_200

309.7

325.5

15.8

3.43

sulphide

Mamba

MSD_201

82.2

96

13.8

3.86

sulphide

Mamba

MSD_203

145.8

158.25

12.45

4.77

sulphide

Mamba

MSD_205

239.1

255

15.9

5.09

sulphide


Composites are reported above 0.6 g/t gold cutoff.

Mamba: Schematic Long Section (West Facing)  

Mamba: Schematic Long Section (West Facing) (CNW Group/B2Gold Corp.)

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Ongoing Exploration

During the remainder of 2020, the Company plans to drill approximately 5,300 metres at the Anaconda area, where the focus will remain on expanding the saprolite and sulphide mineralization in the Anaconda area, including at the Mamba and Adder zones. 

For the Fekola region, drilling at the Cardinal and FMZ zones is ongoing, with an initial Inferred Mineral Resource estimate scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2021. In addition, ongoing drilling will continue to expand the limits of known mineralization and will include step outs to the northeast, to target the projected intersection of the Cardinal and Fekola deposits at depth. 

B2Gold intends on releasing additional Fekola area exploration drill results later in 2020.

QA/QC on Sample Collection and Assaying

The primary laboratories for Fekola are SGS Laboratories in Bamako, Mali and Bureau Veritas Laboratories in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. Periodically, exploration samples will be analyzed at the Fekola Mine laboratory.  At each laboratory, samples are prepared and analyzed using 50-gram fire assay with atomic absorption finish and/or gravimetric finish. Umpire assays are used to monitor lab performance monthly.

Quality assurance and quality control procedures include the systematic insertion of blanks, standards and duplicates into the core, reverse circulation and aircore drilling sample strings. The results of the control samples are evaluated on a regular basis with batches re-analyzed and/or resubmitted as needed. All results stated in this announcement have passed B2Gold's quality assurance and quality control protocols.

About B2Gold Corp.

B2Gold is a low-cost international senior gold producer headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. Founded in 2007, today, B2Gold has operating gold mines in Mali, Namibia and the Philippines and numerous exploration and development projects in various countries including Mali and Colombia. B2Gold continues to forecast total consolidated gold production of between 1,000,000 and 1,055,000 ounces in 2020.

Qualified Persons

Tom Garagan, Senior Vice President of Exploration at B2Gold, a qualified person under NI 43-101, has reviewed and approved the information contained in this news release.

On Behalf of B2GOLD CORP.

"Clive T. Johnson"
President and Chief Executive Officer                                 

For more information on B2Gold please visit the Company website at www.b2gold.com or contact:

Ian MacLean

Katie Bromley

Vice President, Investor Relations

Manager, Investor Relations & Public Relations

604-681-8371

604-681-8371                                                                                      

imaclean@b2gold.com

kbromley@b2gold.com

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Production results and production guidance presented in this news release reflect total production at the mines B2Gold operates on a 100% project basis. Please see our Annual Information Form dated March 20, 2020 for a discussion of our ownership interest in the mines B2Gold operates.

This news release includes certain "forward-looking information" and "forward-looking statements" (collectively forward-looking statements") within the meaning of applicable Canadian and United States securities legislation, including: projections; outlook; guidance; forecasts; estimates; and other statements regarding future or estimated financial and operational performance, gold production and sales, revenues and cash flows, and capital costs (sustaining and non-sustaining) and operating costs, including projected cash operating costs and AISC, and budgets on a consolidated and mine by mine basis; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on B2Gold's operations, including any restrictions or suspensions with respect to our operations and the effect of any such restrictions or suspensions on our financial and operational results; the ability of the Company to successfully maintain our operations if they are temporarily suspended, and  to restart or ramp-up these operations efficiently and economically, the impact of COVID-19 on the Company's workforce, suppliers and other essential resources and what effect those impacts, if they occur, would have on our business, our planned capital and exploration expenditures;  future or estimated mine life, metal price assumptions, ore grades or sources, gold recovery rates, stripping ratios, throughput, ore processing; statements regarding anticipated exploration, drilling, development, construction, permitting and other activities or achievements of B2Gold; and including, without limitation: projected total consolidated gold production of between 1,000,000 and 1,055,000 ounces in 2020; the completion of an initial inferred mineral resource estimate for the Cardinal zone in the first quarter of 2021; the completion of an updated mineral resource estimate for the Anaconda area by the end of the fourth quarter of 2020. All statements in this news release that address events or developments that we expect to occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, although not always, identified by words such as "expect", "plan", "anticipate", "project", "target", "potential", "schedule", "forecast", "budget", "estimate", "intend" or "believe" and similar expressions or their negative connotations, or that events or conditions "will", "would", "may", "could", "should" or "might" occur. All such forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management as of the date such statements are made.

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