October 14, 2010 10:58 ET

SEMAFO Intersects 27.77 g/t Au Over 4 Meters at Samira Hill

Encouraging Exploration Results for Potential New Pits

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 14, 2010) - SEMAFO (TSX:SMF) today announced results of the 2010 exploration program at its Samira Hill Mine located in Niger, Africa. Phase II of the program, which commenced on July 9, 2010 is designed to test and define new proximal gold zones that can quickly become part of the near-term mine plan and has returned results including 27.77 g/t Au over four meters.

To date, 20,000 meters of the planned 41,000 meters of reverse-circulation ("RC") drilling have been completed and partial assay results are available for three of the ten targeted areas scheduled to undergo testing.

Libdorado NW

The Libdorado NW program was designed to better define the new gold zone identified in phase I of the program (reference SEMAFO's release dated March 8, 2010). The Libdorado NW Zone is characterized by narrow but high-grade quartz zones found in altered sediments and located immediately north of the Libiri Pit. Results continue to return high grade values. Although several more holes will be drilled later this year to refine the comprehension of some areas, the Libdorado NW zone is scheduled for definition drilling in 2011, prior to engineering and mining planning.

Phase II Libdorado NW Highlights

Hole No From To Width Au
10RC080 40 44 4 m 4.09  
10RC082 63 67 4 m 27.77  
10RC083 29 32 3 m 10.40  
10RC085 99 104 5 m 13.78  
10RC087 39 42 3 m 2.75  
10RC089 53 58 5 m 3.69  
10RC090* 31 35 4 m 2.60  
10RC100 54 58 4 m 3.74  
10RC101 17 21 4 m 10.43  
 *Parallel zone

Figure 1 ( illustrates a longitudinal section of the main zone found at Libdorado NW, where late doleritic dykes cross the zone. Results suggest a shallow east plunge of the mineralization, where it reaches the north wall of the Libiri Pit.

Libiri SE

The area to the south of the Libiri Pit (Figure 2: contains many gold zones which were previously under defined. Current surface mapping and modelling has helped to provide a better understanding of the geometry of the mineralization and an extensive drilling program was designed to test the models. Results are very encouraging.

Phase II Libiri SE Highlights

Hole No From To Width Au (g/t )
10RC142 73 78 5 m 2.04  
10RC144 22 25 3 m 3.75  
10RC144 37 45 8 m 1.01  
10RC146 50 71 21 m 2.17  
10RC147 123 129 6 m 1.93  
10RC148 2 8 6 m 2.83  
10RC148 25 38 13 m 1.13  
10RC149 55 61 6 m 1.20  
10RC149 64 74 10 m 2.31  
10RC150 3 7 4 m 2.04  
10RC150 45 94 49 m 1.36  
10RC152 10 15 5 m 1.97  
10RC153 1 49 48 m 1.03  
10RC153 98 109 11 m 1.03  
10RC157 15 29 14 m 1.06  
10RC158 39 45 6 m 2.88  

The second half of the program focused primarily on the Boulon Jounga area, located 10 kilometers northwest of the Samira processing plant. Boulon Jounga is host to the open pit of the same name and has accounted for a good portion of Samira Hill's 2010 production. The ore from Boulon Jounga is characteristically above average grade. In addition, recoveries are generally higher than average within the saprolitic parts of the deposit. The deposit itself is compact and locally shallow dipping. As described in SEMAFO's press release dated March 8, 2010, other Boulon Jounga type deposits have been identified to the east of the pit. Further drilling will be completed to test the extensions of these new zones along with other nearby areas where auger drilling has identified priority drill targets.

"We are pleased with the developments at Samira Hill in 2010. The exploration team at Samira is focusing on providing our operations team with readily available ore and accordingly, allowing for mine planning flexibility," said Benoit Desormeaux Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. "This will enable the blending of different ore types and optimize the recoveries and throughput."

The exploration programs were designed and managed locally by Aziz Amane, SML Exploration Chief Geologist and Richard Roy P Geo, Deputy Geology Manager, and guided and supervised under the direction of Michel Crevier, P.Geo MScA, Geology Manager and SEMAFO's Qualified Person who has reviewed this press release for accuracy and compliance with National Instrument 43-101.

All individual samples represent approximately one-meter in length of rock chips homogenized and riffle-split to an approximately 2-kilogram sub-sample, which is sent for preparation and gold assaying at the ALS Minerals laboratories in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Each sample is fire-assayed for gold content on a 50-gram sub-sample at the same ALS Minerals laboratory. In addition to ALS Minerals' own QA/QC (Quality Assurance/Quality Control) program, an internal quality control and quality assurance program is in place throughout the sampling program, using blind duplicates, blanks and recognized industry standards.


SEMAFO is a Canadian-based mining company with gold production and exploration activities in West Africa. The Company currently operates three gold mines: the Mana Mine in Burkina Faso, the Samira Hill Mine in Niger and the Kiniero Mine in Guinea. SEMAFO is committed to evolve in a conscientious manner to become a major player in its geographical area of interest. SEMAFO's strategic focus is to maximize shareholder value by effectively managing its existing assets as well as pursuing organic and strategic growth opportunities in West Africa.

Caution Concerning Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions and accordingly, actual results and future events could differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. You are hence cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include words or expressions such as "potential", "planned", "undergo", "suggest", "new", "encouraging", "encouraging", "further", "generally", "will", "add", "could", "scheduled", "anticipated", "continue", "committed", "evolve", "become", "pursuing", "growth" and other similar words or expressions. Factors that could cause future results or events to differ materially from current expectations expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements include the ability to drill several more holes later this year, the ability to provide readily available ore and allow for mine planning flexibility, the ability to blend different ore types to optimize the recoveries and throughput, the fluctuation in the price of currencies, gold or operating costs, mining industry risks, uncertainty as to calculation of mineral reserves and resources, delays, political and social stability in Africa (including our ability to maintain or renew licenses and permits) and other risks described in SEMAFO's documents filed with Canadian securities regulatory authorities. You can find further information with respect to these and other risks in SEMAFO's 2009 Annual MD&A, as updated in our 2010 First Quarter MD&A and 2010 Second Quarter MD&A and other filings made with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and available at These documents are also available on our website at SEMAFO disclaims any obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable law.

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