Desert Sun Mining Corp.

Desert Sun Mining Corp.

March 30, 2005 05:00 ET

Desert Sun Announces First Gold Pour at the Jacobina Mine


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FOR: DESERT SUN MINING CORP.

TSX SYMBOL: DSM
AMEX SYMBOL: DEZ

MARCH 30, 2005 - 05:00 ET

Desert Sun Announces First Gold Pour at the Jacobina
Mine

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 30, 2005) - DESERT SUN MINING
CORP. (TSX:DSM)(AMEX:DEZ) poured the first gold from its reactivated
Jacobina Mine in the state of Bahia in northeastern Brazil using ore
from mine development. The processing of development ore began in early
March with approximately 50,000 tonnes milled to date. Gold from
production ore will begin later in the second quarter.

"This gold pour is the culmination of months of work by the dedicated
team of people who are responsible for the smooth development of this
project," commented Bruce Humphrey, Desert Sun's Chief Executive
Officer. "We are proud to announce this pour in the first quarter of
2005, ahead of schedule. We will continue mine commissioning and expect
to ramp up to steady state annual production of 100,000 ounces of gold
by the third quarter of this year, and will focus on our development
projects that could facilitate a production expansion in 2006 and 2007."

Desert Sun Mining is a Canadian gold mining company listed on the
Toronto Stock Exchange and the American Stock Exchange with 100%
ownership of the Jacobina Mine and the 155 km long Bahia Gold Belt in
the state of Bahia, in northeastern Brazil. Proven and Probable mineral
reserves are 14,378,000 tonnes at 2.12 g Au/t containing 980,000 ounces
of gold. As a result of the Desert Sun's exploration programs to date,
Measured and Indicated resources total 24,800,000 tonnes at 2.53 g Au/t
containing 2,050,000 ounces of gold, and Inferred Resources total
22,200,000 tonnes at 2.61 g Au/t containing 1,900,000 ounces of gold.
The mineral reserves are included within the Measured and Indicated
mineral resources. For additional information, please see Desert Sun's
website at www.desertsunmining.com.

Statements in this release that are not historical facts are
"forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Readers are cautioned that
any such statements are not guarantees of future performance and that
actual developments or results may vary materially from those in these
"forward-looking statements". This news release also uses the terms
"measured resources", 'indicated resources' and 'inferred resources'.
Desert Sun Mining Corp. advises investors that although these terms are
recognized and required by Canadian regulations (under National
Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects), the
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission does not recognize them.
Investors are cautioned not to assume that any part or all of the
mineral deposits in these categories will ever be converted into
reserves. In addition, 'inferred resources' have a great amount of
uncertainty as to their existence, and economic and legal feasibility.
It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an Inferred Mineral
Resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Under Canadian
rules, estimates of Inferred Mineral Resources may not form the basis of
feasibility or pre-feasibility studies, or economic studies except for
Preliminary Assessment as defined under 43-101. Investors are cautioned
not to assume that part or all of an inferred resource exists, or is
economically or legally mineable.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Desert Sun Mining Corp.
    Naomi Nemeth
    Manager, Investor Relations
    (416) 861-5901 or 1-866-477-0077
    (416) 861-8165 (FAX)
    www.desertsunmining.com