Tembo Reports Artisanal Sampling Results of Up to 32.64 g/t Gold

May 31, 2012

Toronto, Ontario - Tembo Gold Corp. (TSX VENTURE:TEM; FRANKFURT:T23) ("Tembo" or the "Company") is pleased to announce new assay results from routine sampling of artisanal ore from active workings at Ngula 2, Mgusu, Nyakagwe East and Nyakagwe Village targets at the Tembo Project in the Lake Victoria goldfield of Tanzania. Tembo has commenced monthly routine sampling of material being extracted to surface by local miners.This sampling will provide a detailed database of values and a clearer understanding of average mineralization grades and variability at each target where mining is active, and will assist in the prioritization of targets. The May sampling results ranged in grades from less than 1g/t gold to greater than 38g/t gold with average grade of 9.88 g/t.

A Tembo geological technician has visited the artisanal mining areas at the four targets and collected random grab samples varying in weight between 2 and 3kgs from the miners at each site. These samples, an accumulation of material from the current workings, constitute samples of the mineralized veins and shears at each working. The samples were submitted for analysis to the SGS laboratory in Mwanza, Tanzania. The detailed assay results are tabulated below and the shaft positions depicted in the attached ortho-photo image of the project area (see Figure 1).

The samples returned average grades as follows;

  • Nyakagwe Village: 9.53g/t and 9.41g/t gold, from two vertical shafts at depths of 20m to 25m
  • Nyakagwe East: 1.48g/t, 7.34g/t, 4.28g/t and 8.05g/t gold, from four shafts at depths of 13m to 20m
  • Mgusu: 7.23g/t and 3.95g/t gold from two shafts approximately 10m deep
  • Ngula 2: 32.64g/t and 0.67g/t gold from a 30m deep shaft and 1m deep shallow pit respectively.

Nyakagwe Village: This area consists of an east-west trending zone with semi-continuous historical mining along a strike of 1.7km and a second area of current mining about 300m long and 100m broad on a north-south trend. The latter working has been developed over the past twelve months and has grown from a series of shafts in a grid pattern to a large open pit. Geological indications in the pit suggests the intersection of north-south and east-west trending structures intersect and control the mineralization and there is evidence of widespread brecciation and mineralization of the surrounding meta-volcanic host.

Nyakagwe East: Possibly as many as four close-spaced parallel workings form a 300m broad area of surface and underground mining with a strike extent of approximately 750m which trends 290° to 320°. Numerous shafts have been mined along the trend in parallel zones and currently active shafts vary in depth to 20m. Historical diamond drilling carried out at Nyakagwe East in 2008 returned significant results within prominent shear zones that hosted quartz veins and pyrite sulphide mineralization over widths up to 4m and greater. Best results achieved included 10.25g/t over 3.5m, 2.46g/t over 4.72m, 9.8g/t over 3.4m, 2.65g/t over 3.5m, 10.44g/t over 1.50m and 2.15g/t over 3.5m with eleven of twelve boreholes intersecting significant gold mineralization.

Mgusu: This area of historically highly active artisanal mining is defined by numerous east-west, southwest-northeast and southeast-northwest trending lines of hard rock shafts that suggest that numerous mineralized structures converge and intersect in this area. These structures delineate more than 3.1km of potentially mineralized zones. Numerous, broadly scattered anomalous soil and RAB sampling gold values up to 300ppm and greater, further attest to the potential mineralization at Mgusu. The numerous intersecting structures present the possibility of wider low-grade mineralization due to broader deformation of the host rocks and the development of high-grade ore-shoots at the intersections of principal structures.

Ngula 2: This target appears to consist of up to three poorly defined sub-parallel northeast trending workings totaling approximately 900m in strike and possibly intersected by Bulyanhulu parallel northwest trending structures. Shafts as deep as 30m, and deeper, with extremely high grades are reported and confirmed by this sampling, with some wider areas of shallower pitting and shafts encountering lower grades.

Tembo Project Artisanal Sampling May 2012

Target Name Au Grade g/t General description Average Au grade g/t
Nyakagwe Village 6.45
9.27
18.05
5.14
8.76
Five samples from large stockpile
Shaft depth ~25m, sample from drive
4m south of shaft
9.53
12.05
14.90
5.92
7.90
6.28
Shaft depth ~23m, sample from drive
10-13m SW of shaft
9.41
Nyakagwe East 1.96
0.99
Shaft depth ~20m, sample from drive
10-15m S of shaft
1.48
7.33
7.34
Shaft depth ~15m, sample from drive
10m SW of shaft
7.34
2.86
5.69
Shaft depth ~13m, sample from drive
4m SW of shaft
4.28
7.00
8.15
7.47
9.59
Shaft depth ~15m, sample from drive
3m S of shaft
8.05
Mgusu 6.52
7.95
Shaft depth ~11m, sample from drive
4m SE of shaft
7.23
5.80
2.84
3.21
Shaft depth ~9m 3.95
Ngula 2 27.10
30.70
31.35
38.45
35.60
Shaft depth ~30m, sample from drive
38m NW of shaft
32.64
0.77
0.59
0.68
0.90
0.41
Shallow pit - sampled ~100cm below surface
Some quartz
0.67
Overall average g/t gold 9.88

Figure 1: Tembo Map of May Artisanal Sampling

Tembo Gold CEO, David Scott stated "The widespread consistently good grades encountered in the artisanal operations are a continual encouragement and a strong confirmation of our aggressive multi-target drilling strategy. We will persist with this sampling on a routine basis as a guide to assist with target prioritization. We continue to progress with our current drill program with nine active rigs on the property and will provide drill results in significant batches with next results expected shortly."

QA/QC

A stringent QA/QC practice is being applied to all sample batches. A Verified Reference Material standard is inserted every 20th sample, a known blank or blank standard every 20th sample and all samples with assays greater than 0.5 g/t Au are re-assayed. 1% of all samples are submitted to an alternative laboratory for check analysis. In addition the laboratory adheres to an internal QA/QC procedure including standard samples and repeats and blanks inserted independently.

The above information has been prepared under the supervision of David Scott, Pr. Sci. Nat., who is designated as a "Qualified Person" with the ability and authority to verify the authenticity and validity of the data.

About Tembo Gold Corp.

Tembo Gold (TSX-V: TEM) is a Canadian publicly listed mineral exploration company focused on the exploration and development of gold projects in Tanzania and the rest of Africa. The Company currently has 100% interest in the Tembo Gold Project that is located adjacent to African Barrick's 20Moz Bulyanhulu Mine in the prolific Lake Victoria Greenstone belt in Tanzania. The company is led by a highly experienced team with a proven history of developing, financing, and operating mining projects in Africa. The company has commenced its 90,000m drilling program on its Tembo Gold Project.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors of Tembo,

David Scott, President & CEO

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Contact Information

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Marc Cernovitch
Director & VP Business Development
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