SEMAFO Confirms New Gold Zones at Mana - Wona mineralization now extends over
5 km

SEMAFO TSX-SMF

MONTREAL, Jan. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - SEMAFO (TSX: SMF) today announced the discovery of two new gold zones at its Mana mine in Burkina Faso. Drill results include the confirmation of a new gold bearing zone ("Wona SW Zone") south-west of the Wona Main Zone, as well as new high grade intercepts ("Kona Zone") more than 800 metres north of an earlier discovery (hole WDC130, 6.1 gt Au / 3.0 m - ref. SEMAFO's press releases dated October 13 and December 10, 2009).

The recent results provide insight into the ongoing growth potential of the Wona Corridor, demonstrating a significant mineralization which now extends over five kilometres. The magnetic signature (ref. SEMAFO's October 21, 2009 press release) suggests that the Wona Corridor, host to the Wona open pit mine and deep extensions, may extend across more than 30 kilometres. Holes WDC156 and WDC166 through WDC172 explored a south west zone parallel to the Wona Main structure which is currently mined on surface. These results demonstrate the presence of a second shallowly plunging lens of mineralization, called the Wona South West Zone (see Figure 1). Although additional drilling will be required to evaluate its size, this zone does have the potential to reach a size similar in proportion to the Wona Main Zone. In addition, further drilling in the vicinity of previously announced hole WDC130, which intersected two gold mineralized zones more than 500 metres north of the planned limit of the Wona NE 1 open pit, continue to return significant results. This zone, called the Kona Zone, was crossed by hole WDC175 more than 800 metres north of hole WDC130, both showing excellent width and grade. Although only a few holes crossed the Kona Zone, Figure 2 demonstrates a good correlation with the geophysics IP chargeability anomaly trend. Both the Wona South West Zone and the Kona Zone are considered priority targets for the 2010 Exploration Program.

    
                     DDH INTERSECTIONS - WONA DEPTH ZONES
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    DDH No.        Zone  Section (N)    From        To       AU / Length*
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    WDC165    Wona Main       17100    432.7     441.7      2.30 g/t / 9.0 m
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    WDC165    Wona Main       17100    503.8     508.8      1.66 g/t / 5.0 m
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    WDC166      Wona SW       16750    454.8     467.0     1.76 g/t / 12.2 m
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    WDC167      Wona SW       16250    434.0     448.0     3.59 g/t / 14.0 m
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    Included                  16250    439.0     447.0      4.95 g/t / 8.0 m
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    WDC168      Wona SW       16500    410.2     417.0      6.06 g/t / 6.8 m
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    WDC169      Wona SW       16150    451.4     463.4      7.50 g/t /12.0 m
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    WDC170      Unknown       16400    167.0     179.0    10.90 g/t / 12.0 m
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    WDC170      Wona SW       16400    280.0     295.0     2.59 g/t / 15.0 m
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    Included                  16400    289.0     293.0      3.88 g/t / 4.0 m
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    WDC171      Wona SW       16450    226.2     238.8     2.46 g/t / 12.6 m
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    WDC172      Wona SW       15900    290.0     305.0     3.90 g/t / 15.0 m
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    WDC173    Wona Main       16850    147.0     171.4     4.40 g/t / 24.4 m
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    WDC174                    18500              Exploration outside zones
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    WDC175         Kona       18900    208.8     233.7     2.27 g/t / 24.9 m
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    Included                  18900    226.7     233.0      6.27 g/t / 6.3 m
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    WDC176         Kona       18900     80.0      87.0      0.81 g/t / 7.0 m
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    WDC177         Kona       18800    157.2     161.7      1.75 g/t / 4.5 m
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    WDC156      Wona SW       16600    409.0     430.7     2.87 g/t / 21.7 m
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    Included                  16600    409.0     418.9      3.83 g/t / 9.9 m
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    Included                  16600    421.5     428.1      3.05 g/t / 6.6 m
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    WDC160    Wona Main       16825    342.7     367.0     3.16 g/t / 24.3 m
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    Included                  16825    347.6     352.0      3.83 g/t / 4.4 m
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    Included                  16825    361.0     365.0      7.88 g/t / 4.0 m
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    Note: 1- High values capped at 30.0 g/t.
    * All lengths are measured along the hole axis; additional information
        is required to determine true widths.
    

The drill holes described above are presented on the attached longitudinal section (Figure 1) displaying contoured grade-thickness product. The longitudinal schematic shows the mineralization trend along with previously reported drill holes.

"Results to date continue to exceed expectations," said Benoit La Salle, SEMAFO's President and CEO, "These results which confirm the new zones, together with previously released results for Mana continue to demonstrate the property's incredible potential to become a mining district."

Mana's 2009 Exploration Program concluded on December 15, 2009 with the completion of hole WDC-177. Diamond drilling totalled 36,755 metres for the year and all 2009 exploration program assay results have been received.

The drilling program at Mana resumed in mid-January 2010 with a focus on both at depth and regional exploration targets. In addition, a second more powerful diamond drill rig is expected to arrive on site in Q2 2010 to probe the deeper extension of the Mana Deep main lens.

The Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA") of the Wona underground deposit was based on December 2008 resources estimates with the inclusion of 2009 drill results up to hole WDC99 (ref. SEMAFO'S October 29, 2009 press release). The 2009 drilling results included in the PEA were almost exclusively from the Wona Main Zone. The pre-feasibility and feasibility studies of the Wona Mineralization at depth, which is currently underway, will be based on an updated model including all 2009 drilling program results up to hole WDC177.

The drilling programs were designed and managed locally by Dofinta Bondé, Mana Mineral's Exploration Chief Geologist and Donald Trudel, experienced mine and exploration professional geologist, 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 core which was sawn in half. Half of the core is kept on site for reference and its counterpart is sent for preparation and gold assaying at the ALS Chemex laboratories in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Each sample is fire-assayed for gold content on a 50-gram sub-sample at the same ALS Chemex laboratories. In addition to ALS Chemex's own QA/QC (Quality Assurance/Quality Control) program, an internal QA/QC program is in place throughout the sampling program, using blind duplicates, blanks and recognized industry standards.

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About SEMAFO

SEMAFO is a Canadian-based mining company with gold production and exploration activities 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. 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 "in addition", "ongoing", "expected", "probe", "will", "potential", "further", "continue", "trend", "potential", "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 timing of the arrival of the second more powerful diamond drill rig and its ability to probe the deeper extension of the Mana Deep Main lens, the ability of further drilling to evaluate the size of the Wona South West Zone, the ability to complete our 2010 exploration program, the confirmation of Mana property's potential to become a mining district, the ability to find organic and strategic growth opportunities in West Africa, 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 2008 Annual MD&A, as updated in the 2009 First Quarter MD&A, 2009 Second Quarter MD&A and 2009 Third Quarter MD&A, and other filings made with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and available at www.sedar.com. These documents are also available on our website at www.semafo.com. SEMAFO disclaims any obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable law.

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For further information: For further information: SEMAFO: Benoit La Salle, President & CEO, (514) 744-4408, Toll-Free: 1 (888) 744-4408, blasalle@semafo.com; Sofia St Laurent, Communications, (514) 744-4408, Toll-Free: 1 (888) 744-4408, sstlaurent@semafo.com

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