Mkango Resources Intersects 66.5 Metres Grading 2.3% TREO from 5.7 Metres at the Songwe Rare Earth Project in Malawi

May 16, 2012

Calgary, Alberta: May 16, 2012 - Mkango Resources Ltd. (TSXV-MKA) (the "Corporation" or "Mkango") is pleased to announce results for three holes (PX006, PX013 and PX014) of the Stage 2 drilling programme at the Songwe project in Malawi. The results for a further 22 drill holes from the Stage 2 drilling will be announced as the analyses become available.
Highlights from the new results are as follows:

PX006 30.4 m grading 1.7% TREO (100.0 - 130.4 m). Vertical hole testing an area to the west of main carbonatite zone.
PX013 66.5 m1 grading 2.3% TREO (5.7 - 72.2 m), including 18.1 m grading 3.2% TREO (21.1 - 39.2 m) and 10.2 m grading 3.7% TREO (44.6 - 54.8 m). Inclined hole (60 degrees) demonstrating southerly extension of the higher grade zone previously intersected in PX003.
PX014 39.1 m grading 1.7% TREO (142.0 - 181.1 m). Inclined hole (80 degrees) indicating depth extension of mineralized zone previously intersected in PX004.

1 Includes 5.3 m cavity which was not sampled. TREO: total rare earth oxides including yttrium. These intersections are reported as down hole widths and do not necessarily represent true thicknesses and attitude of the mineralised zones, the estimation of which will require further refining of the geological model. See Appendix for contents of TREO and for further details on results of Stage 2 drilling programme.

  • A total of 25 holes will be completed in Stage 2, with the 24th hole currently underway and a total of approximately 4,500 metres drilled to date. Drilling continues to intersect broad zones of mineralised carbonatite, carbonatite breccia and fenite.
  • The Stage 2 drilling programme was designed to complement the 13 hole, 2,000m Stage 1 drilling programme and systematic channel sampling completed in 2011, and is focusing on an area measuring approximately 350m by 100m comprising rare earth enriched carbonatite, carbonatite breccia and fenite lithologies, largely exposed at surface.
  • Niton XRF analyses of carbonatite from a vertical hole demonstrated that the mineralised zones have the potential to extend to a vertical depth of at least 350 m and remain open laterally within the extents of the Songwe carbonatite complex.
  • Mkango has engaged The MSA Group to complete a National Instrument 43-101 compliant resource estimate for the Songwe project to commence on receipt of all the assay results.

A schematic geological map illustrating the location of the drill hole collars and estimated drill hole traces will be made available on the Company's website (

As Malawi's rainy season finishes and pending receipt of all the assay results for Songwe, exploration will re-focus on other rare earth targets in the Phalombe licence and on zircon and uranium targets in the Thambani licence.

The Songwe Hill Rare Earth Project

The Songwe Hill rare earth project is located within a 100% owned exclusive prospecting licence covering an area of 1,283 km2 in southeast Malawi (the "Phalombe Licence"). Songwe is accessible by road from Zomba, the former capital, and Blantyre, the principal commercial town of Malawi. Total travel time from Zomba is approximately 2 hours, which will reduce as infrastructure continues to be upgraded in the area.

Scientific and technical information, including data verification, contained in this release has been approved and verified by Dr. Scott Swinden of Swinden Geoscience Consultants Ltd, who is a "Qualified Person" in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.

Sample preparation and analytical work for the drilling and channel sampling programmes are being provided by Intertek-Genalysis Laboratories (Johannesburg, South Africa and Perth, Australia) employing ICP-MS techniques suitable for rare earth element (REE) analyses and following strict internal QAQC procedures inserting duplicates, blanks and standards. Internal Laboratory QAQC was also completed to include blanks, standards and duplicates.

Mkango Resources Ltd.

Mkango's primary business is the exploration for rare earth elements and associated minerals in the Republic of Malawi. It holds, through its wholly owned subsidiary Lancaster, a 100% interest in two exclusive prospecting licenses covering a combined area of 1,751 km² in southern Malawi. The main exploration target is the Songwe Hill rare earth deposit, which features carbonatite hosted rare earth mineralisation and was subject to previous exploration in the late 1980s.

The Corporation's corporate strategy is to further delineate the rare earth mineralisation at Songwe Hill and secure additional rare earth element and other mineral opportunities in Malawi and elsewhere in Africa.

For further information, please contact:

Mkango Resources Ltd.   William Dawes   Alexander Lemon
Office +1 (403) 444 - 5979 Chief Executive Officer President
Fax +1 (403) 351 - 1703

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Drill Hole From
+ Y2O3
PX 006 100 . 0 130 . 4 30 . 4   3,255 7,318 859 3,096 531 154 382 47 217 883 166 1 . 7% 0.04% 10 . 9%
PX 013 5 . 7 72 . 2 66 . 5 (i) 6,924 10,801 1,005 2,978 319 85 196 24 117 514 92 2 . 3% 0.20% 4 . 5%
including 21 . 1 39 . 2 18 . 1   9,950 15,126 1,375 3,980 404 106 236 28 133 593 106 3 . 2% 0.15% 3 . 7%
  44 . 6 54 . 8 10 . 2   12,157 17,333 1,491 4,132 395 102 225 26 114 466 86 3 . 7% 0.23% 2 . 8%
(i) Includes 5.3m cavity not sampled.
PX 014 142 . 0 181 . 1 39 . 1   4,481 7,605 770 2,535 336 92 222 27 128 534 101 1 . 7% 0.26% 6 . 6%

1 Other comprises Ho2O3, Er2O3, Tm2O3, Yb2O3 and Lu2O3;

2 TREO: total rare earth oxides including yttrium;

3 HREO defined here as oxides of Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb & Lu



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