Semafo - Appointments to Management and Board of Directors


    MONTREAL, June 11 /CNW Telbec/ - SEMAFO (TSX - SMF) today announced the
appointment of Bryan A. Coates as a member of its Board of Directors, Michel
Crevier as Geology Manager and Qualified Person and Réjean Gourde as Manager
of Special Projects and Technical Advisor.
    Mr. Coates has more than 20 years of progressive experience in the mining
industry having held both operational and senior management positions. From
July 2001 Mr. Coates held the position of Vice-President Finance and CFO of
Cambior inc., which firm was in turn acquired by IAMGOLD Corporation in
November 2006. At that time Mr Coates assumed the same responsibilities at
IAMGOLD until February 2007. Mr. Coates is currently Vice President Finance
and Chief Financial Officer of Osisko Exploration Ltd. He received a Bachelor
of Commerce degree from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario and is a
member of the Ontario Order of Chartered Accountants.
    Mr. Crevier, who joined Semafo in August of 2006, holds a masters degree
in applied science from the University of Quebec in Chicoutimi. He has spent
more than 25 years in mining and exploration including 20 years as a geology
manager. Mr. Crevier has worked for several well-known international mining
companies such as Placer Dome and Bema Gold Corp. Mr Crevier has also been
involved with underground and open pit mining operations notably at the Sigma
Mine, Kiena Mine and at the Julietta Mine in Russia.
    Mr. Gourde holds a degree in mining engineering and has accumulated some
30 years experience in the mining sector. After 12 years working for
Falconbridge and Aiguebelle Resources, Mr. Gourde joined Cambior inc. in 1987
as Managing Director of its Val-d'Or division. He, in turn, became Senior
Vice-President of the Guiana Shield division in South America, a position he
held for 13 years until joining Semafo.

    The common shares of Semafo are traded on The Toronto Stock Exchange
    under the symbol "SMF".


    This press release contains "forward-looking statements", including, but
not limited to, the statements regarding the Company's expectations as to the
market price of gold, strategic plans, future commercial production,
production targets, timetables, mine operating costs, fixed assets expenses,
mineral reserve estimates and to the company's perspectives. Forward-looking
statements express, as at the date of this press release, our estimates,
forecasts, projections, expectations and beliefs as to future events or
results. Forward-looking statements are reasonable, but 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. Factors that
could cause results or 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, uncertainty as to calculation of
mineral reserves, risks related to the grade of reserves, risks related to
hedging strategies, risks of delays in construction and requirements of
additional financing.

    Semafo is a mining company whose mission is to explore, develop and mine
      major gold deposits in West Africa. Semafo currently operates the
    Kiniero mine in Guinea, the Samira Hill mine in Niger and is developing
                       the Mana project in Burkina Faso

For further information:

For further information: SEMAFO: Benoit La Salle, President & CEO, (514)
744-4408,; RENMARK: Tina Cameron:; Christopher Wells:,
(514) 939-3989, Fax: (514) 939-3717,; More extensive
information on Semafo can be found on our home page at

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