October 22, 2007 09:35 ET

AXMIN Builds Mine Mangement Team for Its Passendro Gold Project, Central African Republic

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 22, 2007) - AXMIN Inc. (TSX VENTURE:AXM) is pleased to announce that the recruitment of key members of the mine development team to build its Passendro Gold mine in the Central African Republic. In addition to Charles Carron Brown, a mining engineer, who joined AXMIN last year as General Manager of AXMIN's wholly owned subsidiary, Aurafrique SARL, who is responsible for the feasibility study (press release dated January 16, 2006), the Company has made the following key appointments:

- Richard Quarmby as Technical & Business Development Manager. Mr. Quarmby is a chemical engineer and was formerly Technical Manager at Randgold Resources Limited with responsibility for all metallurgical aspects of the business, and as such was a key member of the development team at Randgold's Morila and Loulo gold mines in Mali. Mr. Quarmby's primary responsibility will be to manage the development of the Passendro Gold Project.

- Christopher Moleski as Site Project Manager. Mr. Moleski is a mining engineer with extensive experience in west Africa, India and Canada including management of operating mines and management of road construction projects. Mr Moleski's primary responsibility will be project construction, and subsequently mine management.

- Real Fugere as Chief Accountant, responsible for accounts and administration. Mr. Fugere, a Certified Management Consultant, was formerly Financial Accounting Analyst at the Samira Hill gold mine in Niger.

- Jeremy Hawksworth as Passendro Exploration Manager and Chief Geologist Designate. Mr. Hawksworth has 18 years of experience in mining and exploration geology in southern and central Africa. Mr. Hawksworth's primary responsibility will be to manage geological development, mine geology and brownfield exploration at the Passendro Gold Project.

AXMIN is actively recruiting for senior roles supplementing the above team in the fields of mine engineering, logistics / procurement, and security.

Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Jonathan Forster comments "The Passendro Gold Project's feasibility study based on a 200,000 oz pa production level is substantially complete and, project manager, SENET (PTY) Ltd. of South Africa is currently pulling together and optimizing the various strands of the project's technical details. We are sufficiently confident of the outcome based on results received to date to proceed with the recruitment of the development team. Announcement of the technical and financial aspects of the study is expected before the end of the year. The completed bankable feasibility study which must include the results of public hearings related to the environmental and social impact assessment, are expected early in the new year.

We are delighted to welcome the new team members to AXMIN, they bring with them many years of experience of mine development and operation throughout Africa, and they will play a crucial role in bringing the Passendro Gold Project successfully into production."

AXMIN is a mineral exploration company with a strong focus on gold in highly prospective properties across central and west Africa. For more information regarding AXMIN visit our website at

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Contact Information

  • AXMIN Inc.
    Jon Forster
    Chief Executive Officer
    +44 (0)1233 665600 (UK)
    +44 (0)1233 643728 (UK) (FAX)
    AXMIN Inc.
    Judith Webster
    Manager - Investor Relations
    (416) 368-0993 (Canada)