April 29, 2008 10:57 ET

SEMAFO Commended for Corporate Social Responsibility

Alpha Award Nomination celebrates increased 2007 accomplishments

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 29, 2008) - SEMAFO (TSX:SMF), a Canadian-based mining company with gold exploration and production activities in West Africa today announced that it has been selected as a finalist for the 2008 Alpha Awards.

"We are pleased to be in the running for such a prestigious award," said Benoit La Salle, Semafo's President and CEO. "This nomination further corroborates Semafo's efforts and determination to evolve conscientiously to become a major player in our geographical area of interest. At Semafo we strive not only to be good corporate citizens, but to make a difference and ultimately improve the quality of life in the communities in which we operate."

In 2007, Semafo's contributions to the west-African countries included:

Kiniero, Guinea

- Support traditional authorities, village wise men during religious
- Construction:
- Schoolhouse with 3 classrooms
- Balan district office
- Kiniero health centre
- Cultural centre
- Franco-Arab School
- Structure for Balan outdoor market
- Renovation of the Balan mosque and sanitation facilities
- Donations to the villages for fire prevention, pilgrimages and religious
- Spraying of the village's main routes to minimize dust
- Provide financial support and supplies to students and professors
- Medical consultations:
- 2007: 8,036
- 2008: 1,537

Samira Hill, Niger

- Champion local, traditional celebrations for employees and their families
- Support traditional tribal ceremonies/celebrations
- School supplies for 6 villages
- Road construction and repair
- Construction of 4 classrooms, including furniture
- Provide cellular telephone access
- Provide electricity
- $2,000 investment for maintenance of wells
- Purchase and donation of:
- 4 grain mills
- 2 tractors
- Medical consultations: 2007: 8,016 including 30 medical evacuations to
Niamey, and 24 childbirths

Mana, Burkina Faso

- Champion local traditional ceremonies/celebrations
- Restoration of 36 school desks and chairs
- Repairs to the main road to Boromo
- Relocation of 2 villages
- Construction:
- 425 houses
- 4 wells
- 1 church
- 1 mosque
- 1 youth centre
- 2 women's centers
- Medical consultations:
- 2007: 3,285
- 2008: 810

"We are proud of our accomplishments in 2007 and remain dedicated to making a difference to build a better tomorrow," said Mr. La Salle.

"This nomination is a testimony to the individual contributions of each and every employee to the overall success of the organization," said Benoit Desormeaux, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, "from the operations teams, including our expatriates, in Niger, Guinea and Burkina Faso to the staff at our head office in Montreal, I believe that we will all share a sentiment of accomplishment as a result of this nomination."

The Alpha Awards are presented by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada, to recognize organizational excellence, performance and social responsibility. Winners will be announced at the Gala Alpha, May 15, 2008.


Semafo is a Canadian-based mining company with gold production and exploration activities located in West Africa. The Company currently operates three gold mines in Burkina Faso, Niger and Guinea. Semafo is committed to evolve in a conscientious manner to become a major player in its geographical area of interest, while maintaining values and strengthening relationships to increase shareholder value.


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