La Mancha Resources Inc.
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La Mancha Resources Inc.

August 23, 2010 09:24 ET

La Mancha Intersects Grades of Up to 135 g/t Au at Its Fetekro Property in Cote d'Ivoire

PARIS, FRANCE--(Marketwire - Aug. 23, 2010) - La Mancha Resources Inc. (TSX:LMA)

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Fetekro
    • High-grade intersections down dip confirm the potential of the area
    • Drill results suggest significant upside potential as the mineralization extends well beyond the saprolite ore into the fresh rock below
  • Bondoukou
    • Drilling campaign at Dakoua confirms the potential of this area

BEST INTERSECTIONS INCLUDE:

  • Fetekro
    • 8.8 m @ 13.21 g/t Au at 37 m, including 0.7 m @ 135 g/t Au
    • 1 m @ 106 g/t Au at 22.1 m
    • 7 m @ 8.78 g/t Au at 79 m, including 2 m @ 25 g/t Au
    • 13 m @ 5.95 g/t Au at 57 m, including 1 m @ 45.9 g/t Au
  • Bondoukou
    • 3 m @ 6.53 g/t Au at 63 m including 1 m @ 17.1 g/t Au
    • 14 m @ 1.71 g/t Au at 56.15 m

La Mancha Resources Inc. (TSX:LMA) (hereinafter "La Mancha" or "the Company") is pleased to report the discovery of significant upside potential at its Fetekro and Bondoukou properties in Côte d'Ivoire. Firstly, the high-grade down-dip intersections from the Fetekro property, along with several visible gold occurrences, seem to indicate that the mineralization extends well beyond the saprolite ore into the fresh rock below, while remaining open to both the east and the north. Secondly, on the Bondoukou property, positive drill results for the Dakoua zone confirm the potential first identified in July 2009 on the basis of an early exploration program.

Dominique Delorme, President and CEO of La Mancha, stated: "Until recently the Ity mine was Côte d'Ivoire's sole gold mine, a title it held for over 15 years. In line with West Africa's rapid development, Côte d'Ivoire has seen an influx of exploration capital from new players in recent years that has spurred double-digit gold production growth and begun to shed light on the country's underexplored potential. Through AREVA's (Cominor) longstanding presence in Côte d'Ivoire, La Mancha has been able to acquire one of the most promising property portfolios, with exploration tenements covering over 1% of the total surface area, giving us a strategic advantage as a participant in the country's gold development. The high-grade exploration results we are announcing today are very encouraging, as they confirm the prospectivity of our Cote d'Ivoire tenements and support our aggressive exploration strategy set in 2007."

As shown in Figure 1, the Fetekro property is located in the central part of Cote d'Ivoire, 40 km east of the city of Katiola, while the Bondoukou property is located 20 km from the Ghanaian border. Both properties lie along one of the six northeast-southwest trending volcanic belts of the Birimian System, which straddles Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire. This prolific area hosts more than 20 known gold deposits, including Ghana's largest gold mines, such as Newmont's Ahafo mine, AngloGold Ashanti's Obuasi mine and Gold Fields' Tarkwa mine, with combined reserves of over 60 million ounces.

La Mancha's 65% interest in the Fetekro property and 100% interest in the Bondoukou property were acquired by COGEMA (now AREVA) in 2000 before being transferred to La Mancha in 2006.

Fetekro Property

As shown in Figure 2, in 1998 and 2000, drilling focusing mainly on the shallow, oxidized zones resulted in the definition of an inferred resource totalling 287,036 ounces at an average grade of 2.43 g/t.(1) Encouraging results in the fresh rock were already reported. The goal of the recently-completed drill campaign was to test the mineralisation of the fresh rock at depth and laterally.

In proximity to reverse circulation drilling done in 2000, as shown in Figure 2, a total of four diamond drill holes representing 396 m and two lines of reverse circulation holes representing 11 holes and 1,164 m were recently drilled eastward and down dip at 100 and 200 m respectively from the previous holes. The drilling returned grades of up to 135 g Au/t. Results are shown in Table 1. The success of this drill campaign suggests that the current resource could be increased as the deposit appears to be open to both the east and the north. It is also worth noting that the relatively shallow depth of these high-grade intersections is economically encouraging.

As shown in Figure 3 cross-section, the local geology is characterized by an eastward-dipping thrust separating a basaltic body and a metagabbro, with some evidence of shearing at its base. The mineralization is mainly located just above the edge of the thrust and in some quartz veins in the metagabbro body; two main kinds of mineralization have been identified (native gold in quartz veins with or without tourmaline, and sulphides in quartz veins).

Bondoukou Property

La Mancha initiated exploration on the Bondoukou property in November 2008, as very little work had been done previously. The initial exploration program returned very positive results, identifying six main anomalies on the property through stream sediment and large-scale geochemical soil surveying. The detailed geochemical and geophysical surveying that followed soon after identified the Dakoua North zone as the most promising anomaly, and immediate trenching work confirmed the high prospectivity of the target, in turn prompting a preliminary drilling campaign in May 2009. The drill results confirmed the potential of at least two geochemical anomalies and established several similarities with the Ashanti belt in Ghana.

As shown in Figure 4, the recently-completed drilling campaign consisted of 23 holes totalling 1,782 m drilled along the Dakoua anomaly strike length; results are shown in Table 2. The results confirmed those reported last year, and included some interesting intersections. They tend to show enriched lenses alternating with barren or nearly-barren zones over more than 1 km. The area remains open mainly to the south, where an alluvial cover exists.

Furthermore, on anomaly ZA 6 located to the north of the Bondoukou permit, three lines of shallow reverse circulation holes drilled below the lateritic profile confirmed the existence of a broad anomalous zone extending between two profiles 500 m apart.

NEXT STEPS

At Fetekro, more drill holes are scheduled for the next dry season to better evaluate the volume of the mineralization and to study the extensions in order to reach a critical mass level for the project.

At Bondoukou, the southerly extensions of the Dakoua anomalous zone will be drilled, while additional ground surveys and drilling are required to understand the potential of the ZA 6 zone. The prospect also contains some Tarkwaian-type blankets in its southern area that deserve further investigation; this work is currently underway.

TECHNICAL NOTE

The technical information in this news release was prepared under the supervision of Jean-Jacques Kachrillo, the Qualified Person under NI 43-101. Mr. Kachrillo is Vice President Exploration and a full time employee of La Mancha Resources. He has sufficient experience in the style of mineralization and type of deposit to qualify as a Qualified Person as defined in "National Instruments 43-101, Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects". Based on his information, Mr. Kachrillo has consented to the content of this press release in the form and context in which it appears. Mr. Kachrillo has read National Instrument 43-101 and has ensured that this press release has been written in compliance with that instrument.

The analysis of these recent samples met with all of La Mancha established Analytical Quality Assurance Program put in place to control and assure the analytical quality of assays in its gold exploration. This program includes the systematic addition of blank samples, pulp duplicates and internal material references ("standards") to each batch of samples sent for analysis. Blank samples are used to check for possible contamination in laboratory, duplicates allow the overall precision to be quantified while standards determine the analytical accuracy. All samples are half HQ or PQ diamond drill core sampled on a one metre basis. Samples were assayed at the ALS laboratory in Mali using for gold fire assays on a 30g sample followed by AAS.

ABOUT LA MANCHA RESOURCES Inc.:

La Mancha Resources Inc. is an international gold producer based in Canada with operations, development projects and exploration activities in Africa, Australia and Argentina. La Mancha's shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol "LMA". For more information, visit the Company's website at www.lamancha.ca.

CAUTION CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements", including but not limited to statements regarding the quantity of mineralization in place and its grade in Au, the mineable character of the drill results, mining exploration risks, calculation and evolution of mineral resources, the economic viability of Fetekro based on the high grade shallow drill results, the future value of La Mancha's exploration properties, future work programs and objectives associated therewith, drill targets and anticipated results, interpretation of work results, development plans and anticipated timetables, in particular as regards the economic and technical potential for a mining and milling operation. Forward-looking statements express, as at the date of this press release, the Company's plans, estimates, forecasts, projections, expectations or beliefs as to future events and results. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, and there can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate. Therefore, actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Risks and uncertainties that could cause results or future events to differ materially from current expectations expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, factors associated with fluctuations in the market price of precious metals, mining industry risks, risks associated with foreign operations, environmental risks and hazards, uncertainty as to calculation of mineral reserves and other risks referred to in La Mancha's 2009 Annual Information Form filed with the Securities Commissions and the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Table 1: Fetekro Results

Drill hole Profile Depth (m) From (m) To (m) Width (m)* Au (g/t)
LFDD10-24 ZC3 105.15 5.1 6.0 0.9 3.7
24.2 25.2 1.0 31.4
30.2 31.2 1.0 2.2
37.2 39.2 2.0 2.6
45.2 49.2 4.0 3.7
52.2 53.2 1.0 5.2
59.2 65.2 6.0 1.0
LFDD10-25 ZC2 100 0.0 2.0 2.0 11.7
23.0 24.0 1.0 2.1
29.0 33.0 4.0 3.1
37.0 40.0 3.0 1.6
44.0 49.0 5.0 4.5
LFDD10-26 ZC1 98.9 0.0 2.0 2.0 1.7
57.0 62.5 5.5 5.3
incld 58.0 59.0 1.0 22.2
LFDD10-27 ZC4 92.25 16.2 19.9 3.8 4.4
22.1 23.1 1.0 106.0
28.4 29.3 0.9 1.2
37.0 45.8 8.8 13.2
incld 38.6 39.3 0.7 135.0
LFRC10-67 ZC3 100 79.0 86.0 7.0 8.8
incld 79.0 81.0 2.0 25.0
100 93.0 95.0 2.0 6.6
LFRC10-68 ZC1 100 88.0 89.0 1.0 1.4
LFRC10-69 ZC1 100 barren
LFRC10-70 ZC0 100 52.0 55.0 3.0 2.0
LFRC10-71 ZC0 100 barren
LFRC10-72 ZC5 100 2.0 3.0 1.0 1.5
62.0 72.0 10.0 1.9
77.0 79.0 2.0 2.4
83.0 84.0 1.0 1.5
LFRC10-73 ZC5 100 14.0 15.0 1.0 1.3
73.0 74.0 1.0 1.8
80.0 82.0 2.0 1.1
92.0 95.0 3.0 2.7
LFRC10-74 ZC7 100 47.0 60.0 13.0 6.0
    incld 58.0 59.0 1.0 45.9
LFRC10-75 ZC7 105 62.0 65.0 3.0 1.0
72.0 73.0 1.0 2.0
95.0 96.0 1.0 7.2
LFRC10-76 ZC8 104 63.0 64.0 1.0 3.1
90.0 91.0 1.0 1.6
LFRC10-77 ZC8 100 51.0 52.0 1.0 1.7
64.0 65.0 1.0 4.2

*The true width represents approximately 80% of the quoted intersections.

To view Figure 1: Location of Fetekro and Bondoukou Prospects, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/lma_0823_2010_fig_1.pdf

To view Figure 2: Schematic Map of Fetekro Lafigue Anomalous Zone, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/lma_0823_2010_fig_2.pdf

To view Figure 3: Fetekro - Cross-sections of Lafigue Anomalous Zone, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/lma_0823_2010_figure_3.pdf

Table 2: Bondoukou Result

Drill hole Depth (m) From (m) To (m) Width (m) Au (g/t)
2009 Results
PROFILE 1          
DK09 DD001 87.7 13.7 15.1 1.4 1.2
    28.5 30.2 1.7 1.8
DK09 DD002 77.5 6.1 7.2 1.1 2.6
    10.1 12.2 2.1 1.2
    18.3 21.4 3.1 2.7
DK09 DD003 45.0 25.2 32.5 7.3 5.5
  incld 26.2 28.0 1.8 11.1
DK09 DD004 68.7 41.9 50.2 8.3 3.0
  incld 41.9 42.9 1.0 14.8
DK09 DD005 92.6 65.3 70.2 4.9 1.4
DK09 DD007 92.3 86.3 87.3 1.0 1.3
PROFILE 2          
DK09 DD006 34.0 17.3 18.3 1.0 18.6
PROFILE 3          
DK09 DD008 45.0 barren
2010 Results
DK-10-RC001 60 28 33 5 1.7
DK-10-RC002 60 33 37 4 1.84
DK-10-RC003 90 59 67 8 1.07
DK-10-RC004 87 61 62 1 7.63
DK-10-RC005 60 24 27 3 2.01
DK-10-RC006 60 35 37 2 3.68
DK-10-RC007 90 58 59 1 0.92
DK-10-RC008 60 36 37 1 0.72
DK-10-RC009 90 65 66 1 1.72
DK-10-RC010 60 32 36 4 1.25
DK-10-RC011 93 38 39 1 6.32
    55 56 1 3.06
DK-10-RC012 60 18 21 3 1.15
DK-10-RC013 90 23 26 3 1
    32 33 1 1
DK-10-RC014 75       barren
DK-10-RC015 75 71 75 4 3.02
      incld 1 8.02
DK-10-RC016 90       barren
DK-10-RC017 96 79 80 1 1.21
    90 91 1 2.7
DK-10-RC018 96 69 75 6 1.55
      incld 1 4.99
DK-10-RC019 90       barren
DK-10-RC020 90       barren
DK-10-RC021 90 63 66 3 6.53
      incld 1 17.1
DK-10-DD009   11.1 14.3 3.2 1.41
    56.15 70.15 14 1.71
DK-10-RC022 60 50 54 4 2
DK-10-RC023 60 53 54 1 0.55

To view Figure 4 : Bondoukou – Dakoua North Drilling, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/lma_0823_2010_fig_4.pdf


(1) As of 31/12/2006

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