2020 News Releases

Dear Shareholders,

Sun Peak Metals Corp. (“Sun Peak”) is pleased to announce final assay results for Sun Peak’s recent diamond drill program on the Shire and Meli Projects in Ethiopia, which was completed in March 2020. The drill program consisted of 19 diamond drill holes totalling 2,167 meters on the Terer and Meli exploration licenses which are owned by Axum Metals, the Joint-Venture Company between Sun Peak and Ezana Mining Development Plc.  Drilling was halted due to restrictions on field work because of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

David Daoud, VP of Exploration stated, “The initial drill program in Ethiopia exceeded expectations, particularly from the Meli Target which intercepted significant gold and copper mineralization in every drill hole. The results demonstrate the potential of the Meli Target to host significant volcanogenic massive sulphide (“VMS”) gold and copper deposits. We are looking forward to the next drill program planned for the fall 2020 that will follow-up on drilling in Meli, but also focus on some of our other primary targets on Nefasit, Terer and Meli licenses.”

“Despite being cut short by COVID-19, the first round of drilling had some unexpected successes.  It demonstrates the quality of the ground Sun Peak is exploring and the proven method the team has developed over decades,” stated Greg Davis, President and CEO.

Drill Result Highlights:

At the Meli Target, drill holes ML-001, ML-002, and ML-003 intercepted thicker VMS mineralized intervals and show the Meli Zone to be open down dip and along strike.

  • ML-001 – 15.30 meters averaging 3.18 g/t gold, 25.0 g/t silver, 2.2% copper, and 1.4% zinc
  • ML-002 – 37.23 meters averaging 2.45 g/t gold, 29.4 g/t silver, 2.4% copper, and 1.3% zinc
  • ML-003 – 35.43 meters averaging 2.52 g/t gold, 22.3 g/t silver, 1.8% copper, and 1.5% zinc

On the Terer License, drilling confirmed VMS mineralization from previous drilling at the Mai Argab (“Argo”) and Adi Ekele (“Keel”) Targets.

  • KL-006 - 17.85 meters averaging 3.95 g/t gold, 45.5 g/t silver, 1.4% copper, and 1.6% zinc
  • AR-001 - 6.57 meters averaging 1.34 g/t gold, 54.3 g/t silver, 6.3% copper and 1.7% zinc
  • AR-005 - 13.16 meters averaging 1.35 g/t gold, 16.9 g/t silver, 1.1% copper, and 1.7% zinc

Meli Target

There were 7 diamond drill holes for 746.4 meters drilled at Meli Main (Eastern) VMS gossan. 

Meli Eastern gossan drill hole collar locations and cross sections

The Meli primary sulfide zones are copper and gold rich VMS style mineralization.  The higher gold grades could imply the mineralization is near a VMS vent (or vents) and potential of massive sulfide mineralized layers near to these vents. The mineralized intervals intersected by drill holes ML-001, 002 and 003 are thickening to the east. The VMS mineralization is open along strike and to depth.   

Meli Eastern gossan drill hole Cross Section A

Meli Eastern gossan drill hole Cross Section B

Meli Drill Results

Keel Target

There were 6 diamond drill holes for 850.45 meters drilled at Keel.

Keel drill hole collar locations and cross section lines

The diamond drilling program at Keel VMS prospect confirm the presence of massive sulfide mineralization for over 400m along strike. The drill assay results appear to show a precious metal enrichment towards the east where the geology and geophysics indicate that this VMS system is still open for over 700m. The VTEM geophysical data of and ground detailed gravity combined with the geological mapping show another sub-parallel VSM anomaly located just 200m to the north of the Main VMS zone.

Keel drill hole Cross Section C line

Keel Drill Results

Argo target

There were 6 diamond drill holes for 570 meters drilled at Argo.

Argo drill hole collar locations and cross section lines

The diamond drilling at Argo VMS prospect is located about 1 km southwest of Keel VMS gossan.  Section A tested the copper enriched supergene zone in hole AR-001, while AR-002 and AR-003 were deeper and encountered the primary sulfide mineralization. The geology appears to represent the hanging wall rocks for the Keel VMS body and could be a second VMS mineralized horizon.

Argo drill hole Cross Section A line

Highlights of results reported from the drilling are included in tables below.

Argo Drill Results


David K. Daoud, P. Geo, Vice President Exploration is the Qualified Person overseeing Sun Peak’s exploration projects in Ethiopia and has reviewed and approved this press release.

All drill holes reported are diamond drill core holes.

A Quality Assurance/Quality Control program was part of the sampling program on the Keel, Argo and Meli prospects. This program includes the systematic submittals of standards, duplicates and blank samples into the flow of samples produced by the sampling.

Samples were prepared at ALS Laboratory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and analyzed at ALS Laboratory in Dublin, Ireland.  Gold is assayed using a 50-gram of -75 micron-size pulp is fire assayed and finished by ICP-AES analysis to detect content between 0.01 and 10.0 ppm. Gold returning over limit values are re-assayed with higher detection limits using a gravimetric finish. As well, a 0.5 gram cut from the pulp of each rock sample is dissolved by aqua regia acid digestion and analyzed by mass spectrometry for a suite of 51 additional elements. Analytical values for silver, copper, zinc and lead over detection limits are re-assayed with higher detection limits, using aqua regia digestion. Drilling intercept lengths and estimated true thicknesses are reported in the tabulations.


Sun Peak is an exploration company, focused in Ethiopia, targeting large, low-cost, high-quality, gold and base metal deposits. The Flagship Shire Project is located in the Arabian Nubian Shield, which is the same geological environment as the Bisha Mine and the Asmara Project in Eritrea. The Nefasit and Adi Dairo Licenses are 100% owned by Sun Peak while the Meli and Terer Licenses are part of a joint-venture agreement with Ezana Mining, a private Ethiopian Company. Numerous high priority gold and base metal targets have been defined on all four licenses. Sun Peak is currently pursuing a public listing on the TSX:V and the Preliminary Long Form Prospectus and supporting documents are available for viewing on SEDAR.com.


Greg Davis
President and Chief Executive Officer
Sun Peak Metals Corp. 


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