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GoviEx Reports Significant Gold Sampling Program at Falea Project, Mali

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Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - October 19, 2020) - GoviEx Uranium Inc. (TSXV: GXU) (OTCQB: GVXXF) ("GoviEx or the Company") is pleased to announce that it has commenced a diamond drill core assay program on the Birimian-aged metasedimentary, volcanic and intrusive rocks intervals from previous existing diamond drill core completed within the Falea deposit in Western Mali. The objective of the sampling program is to investigate the polymetallic and precious metal potential of the deposit below the uranium bearing sandstone unconformity.

"Our recent gold soil sampling survey, announced on July 6th 2020, highlighted the potential for gold at the Falea Project to be present stratigraphically below the uranium deposit. The core sampling program we are announcing today is focused on advancing and proving this theory. GoviEx's team of geologists are excited by the initial visual assessment of the 96 diamond drill cores logged that display intervals of quartz veining, chalcopyrite and pyrite in many of the core, which appears to add further support and evidence that the gold anomalies associated with the Birimian greenstones apparently underlays the known uranium-copper-silver mineralization of the Falea Project.

"While the development of the Madaouela Uranium Project in Niger (the "Madaouela Project") remains GoviEx's primary focus, creating shareholder value on all of our projects remains a core driver to our strategy," noted Executive Chairman, Govind Friedland.

The previous exploration work conducted before GoviEx acquired the Falea Project had stopped diamond drilling at depths approximately 30 metres into the Birimian as they were targeting the sandstone hosted unconformity itself rather than the precious and base metal potential that is well known to be Birimian hosted, including B2Gold's Fekola project, IAMGOLD's Diakha and Siribaya projects and Roscan's Kandiolé project on trend and along strike. Upon review by GoviEx geologists it was discovered that much of this core was never assayed for precious metal content as previous explorers were primarily interested in the project's uranium bearing potential.

The core samples currently being taken will be analysed for gold and multi-elements to assess the potential for gold and other base metal such as copper and silver which are already known to be present within the Falea uranium deposit.

The July 6th 2020 announcement by GoviEx disclosed the results of gold geochemical sampling program at the Falea Project with significant gold in soils anomalies in the Birimian rocks that suggest the potential extensions of the Sirabaya West and the Siribaya- Bambadinka gold trends through, and potentially intersecting within, the Falea Project. The presence of these gold in soils anomalies occurring along similar structural trends with the Falea Project, positively signals the mineral potential of the Falea Project, which the Company is now further exploring through the current core sampling program.

Most significantly, GoviEx has reviewed the limited number of diamond drill holes that were assayed in the Birimian. These results are summarised in Table 1 below and show that there are anomalous intercepts ranging from 0.2 gram per tonne to 1 gram per tonne gold over up to 2-metre thickness.

Table 1: Previously unreported anomalous gold results

Hole_ID

From (m)

To (m)

Au_ppm

Start Birimian (m)

Finish Birimian (m)

STRATA

DF-126

91

92

0.515

87.2

92

BIRR

DF-004

280.6

282

0.208

280.45

291

VC

DF-125

214

215

0.28

208

244

BIRR





267

278

BIRR

DF-127

240

241

1.100

239.65

246.5

BIRR

DF-127

241

242

1.100




DF-127

300.26

301

0.245

300.26

308

BIRR

 

Visual inspection of the core during sampling by GoviEx geologists have revealed the presence of visible chalcopyrite and pyrite mineralisation, and abundant evidence of shearing and quartz veining.

The results of the current core sampling program are expected before the end of the year and will be reported as soon as they are received.



Figure 1: Location of the Falea Project in relation to surrounding known deposits and mines. (Background image SYSMIN Magnetic Vertical derivative).

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Figure 2: Location of holes previously Birimian sampled by previous owners.

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Figure 3(i): Photographs of selected drill holes:
DF565 - Chalcopyrite+quartz vein in fault zone

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Figure 3(ii): Photographs of selected drill holes:
DF515 - example of shearing and quartz vein

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DF 403

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DF 321

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Qualified Person Statement

The technical content of this press release has been reviewed and approved by Mr. Jerome Randabel, MAIG, Chief Geologist of GoviEx, a Qualified Person as defined in NI 43-101.

Technical Notes

Core samples are cleaned, photographed dry and wet, and then described in detail, including the colour, presence of quartz veins, shear zones and alterations. Presence of sulfides and principal fracture zones.

The sample length are delimited, at minimum of 0.5m to a maximum of 1.5m intervals. The core is then halved using a core saw.

For QAQC purposes for every 20 samples a duplicate, standard or a blank sample is inserted.

All samples weighed approximately 1kg and were prepared at the ALS preparatory laboratory in Bamako, Mali and assayed at the ALS laboratory in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, using gold by Fire Assay and AAS finish (detection limit = 100ppm). The laboratory will run blanks and standard samples to validate their results. For multi-element assay a four acid digest ICP-MS and ICP -AES method will be used. (Precision +/-7-15%)

Falea Mineral Resources

The mineral resources reported in the Falea Project highlight the relatively high silver and copper grades associated with the Indicated Resources. The mineralization at Falea is controlled the major faulting structures, similar to gold deposition.

Category

Tonnes

U3O8

Cu

Ag

U3O8

Cu

Ag

(MT)

(%)

(%)

(g/t)

(Mlb)

(Mlb)

(Moz)

Indicated

6.88

0.115

0.161

72.8

17.4

24.4

16.11

Inferred

8.78

0.069

0.200

17.3

13.4

38.7

4.9

 

Notes:
Source: Technical Report titled "Technical Report on the Falea Uranium, Silver and Copper Deposit, Mali, West Africa" prepared by Roscoe Postle Associates Inc. for Denison Mines Corp., October 26, 2015.

1. CIM definitions were followed for classification of Mineral Resources
2. Reported above a cut-off grade of 0.03% U308, based on a uranium price of US$75/lb
3. Bulk density is 2.65 t/m3
4. Numbers may not add due to rounding

The Company's mineral resources as at October 26, 2015 are classified in accordance with the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum's "CIM Definition Standards - For Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves" in accordance with the requirements of National Instrument 43-101 "Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects" (the Instrument). Mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates reflect the Company's reasonable expectation that all necessary permits and approvals will be obtained and maintained.

Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have to demonstrate economic viability. Mineral resources are subject to infill drilling, permitting, mine planning, mining dilution and recovery losses, among other things, to be converted into mineral reserves. Due to the uncertainty associated with inferred mineral resources, it cannot be assumed that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource will ever be upgraded to indicated or measured mineral resources, including as a result of continued exploration.

The Mineral Resource Statement was prepared Mark Mathisen, C.P.G., Senior Geologist, of Roscoe Postle Associates Inc., who is a Qualified Persons as defined by the CIM Code.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

About GoviEx Uranium

GoviEx is a mineral resource company focused on the exploration and development of uranium properties in Africa. GoviEx's principal objective is to become a significant uranium producer through the continued exploration and development of its flagship mine-permitted Madaouela Project in Niger, its mine-permitted Mutanga Project in Zambia, and its multi-element Falea Project in Mali.

Information Contacts:
Govind Friedland, Executive Chairman
Daniel Major, Chief Executive Officer
Tel: +1-604-681-5529
Email: info@goviex.com
Web: www.goviex.com

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. All information and statements other than statements of current or historical facts contained in this news release are forward-looking information.

Forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties concerning the specific factors disclosed here and elsewhere in GoviEx's periodic filings with Canadian securities regulators. When used in this news release, words such as "will", "could", "plan", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "may", "potential", "should," and similar expressions, are forward- looking statements. Information provided in this document is necessarily summarized and may not contain all available material information.

Forward-looking statements include those in relation to, the objective of the core sampling program, that gold anomalies associated with the Birimian greenstones apparently underlaying the known uranium-copper-silver mineralization of the Falea Project, that the development of the Madaouela Project remains GoviEx's primary focus, core samples currently being taken will be analysed for gold and multi-elements, the potential extensions of the Sirabaya West and the Siribaya- Bambadinka gold trends through, and potentially intersecting within, the Falea Project, the mineral potential of the Falea Project, the timing for the completion of the core sampling program or assays.

Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurances that its expectations will be achieved. Such assumptions, which may prove incorrect, include the following: (i) the potential extensions of the Sirabaya West and the Siribaya- Bambadinka gold trends through, and potentially intersecting within, the Falea Project, that gold anomalies associated with the Birimian greenstones underlay the known uranium-copper-silver mineralization of the Falea Project, (ii) that the Madaouela Project will remains GoviEx's primary focus; (iii) that there will be no material delays in the completion of the sampling program or assays; and (iv) the price of uranium will remain sufficiently high and the costs of advancing the Company's mining projects will remain sufficiently low so as to permit GoviEx to implement its business plans in a profitable manner.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations include (i) that there is no extensions of the Sirabaya West and the Siribaya- Bambadinka gold trends through, and/or intersecting within, the Falea Project; (ii) the deposit does not meet the polymetallic and precious metal potential that was anticipated ; (iii) the inability or unwillingness of asseyers to complete and report the assays at all or in a timely fashion; (iv) the failure of the Company's projects, for technical, logistical, labour-relations, or other reasons; (v) a decrease in the price of uranium below what is necessary to sustain the Company's operations; (vi) an increase in the Company's operating costs above what is necessary to sustain its operations; (vii) accidents, labour disputes, or the materialization of similar risks; (viii) a deterioration in capital market conditions that prevents the Company from raising the funds it requires on a timely basis; and (x) generally, the Company's inability to develop and implement a successful business plan for any reason.

In addition, the factors described or referred to in the section entitled "Financial Risks and Management Objectives" in the MD&A for the year ended December 31, 2019, of GoviEx, which is available on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com, should be reviewed in conjunction with the information found in this news release.

Although GoviEx has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results, performance, or achievements to differ materially from those contained in the forward- looking statements, there can be other factors that cause results, performance, or achievements not to be as anticipated, estimated, or intended. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate or that management's expectations or estimates of future developments, circumstances, or results will materialize. As a result of these risks and uncertainties, no assurance can be given that any events anticipated by the forward-looking information in this news release will transpire or occur, or, if any of them do so, what benefits that GoviEx will derive therefrom. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this news release are made as of the date of this news release, and GoviEx disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise such information, except as required by applicable law.

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