Semafo Declares Commercial Production at Mana Gold Mine


    MONTREAL, June 3 /CNW Telbec/ - SEMAFO (TSX: SMF) today reported that its
Mana gold mine in Burkina Faso achieved commercial production with the
2,000 tonne-per-day ball mill.
    In May, the Mana mine produced 5,000 ounces of gold, bringing the total
gold production to date to 9,400 ounces.
    "In May, with 88% availability and 98% of designed throughput capacity,
the Mana plant processed in excess of 53,000 tonnes of ore," said Benoit
Desormeaux, Executive Vice-President and COO. "Installation of the of the
4,000 tonne-per-day ball mill is currently underway, with commissioning
scheduled for July."
    "We are pleased with the smooth, successful progress at Mana," said
Benoit La Salle, President and CEO, "and remain confident that Mana will meet
our 2008 production guidance of 60,000 - 70,000 ounces."

    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, while maintaining principles and strengthening relationships
to increase shareholder value.


    This press release may contain forward-looking statements. These
forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements
regarding expectations of the Company as to the market price of gold,
strategic plans, future commercial production, production targets, timetables,
mining operating expenses, capital expenditures, and mineral reserve and
resource estimates. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks
and uncertainties and accordingly, actual results and future events could
differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Factors that
could cause future results or events to differ materially from current
expectations expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements include,
but are not limited to, fluctuations in the market price of precious metals,
mining industry risks, uncertainty as to calculation of mineral reserves and
resources, risks related to hedging strategies, risks of delays in
construction, requirements of additional financing and other risks described
in the Company's documents filed from time to time with Canadian securities
regulatory authorities. Although the Company is of the opinion that these
forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, those
assumptions may prove to be incorrect. Accordingly, readers should not place
undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Readers can find further
information with respect to risks in the Annual Information Form of the
Company and other filings of the Company with Canadian securities regulatory
authorities available at The Company disclaims any obligation
to update or revise these forward-looking statements, except as required by
applicable law.

For further information:

For further information: SEMAFO: Benoit La Salle, President & CEO, (514)
744-4408,; Renmark: Maurice Dagenais:; Jason Roy:, (514)
939-3989, Fax: (514) 939-3717;

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