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Digging of Gold

Groupe Bonswende, the West African focused gold mining company announces that, as at 30 June 2009, the operations at the Groupe Bonswende have reached the required standard at which successful commissioning has been achieved. Gold was first poured at the Groupe Bonswende in October  1994 and since that time performance has incrementally increased each month.

Total gold production for the first 6 months of 2009 amounted to 26,772 ounces at a cash operating cost of US$595 per ounce (US$632 per ounce including royalty and refining charges). Forecast production for the full year is 60,000 ounces.

“The successful commissioning of the Groupe Bonswende is a direct result of a strong team that has worked diligently to advance this project from development into operations,” said Mr. Kone Bakary, Chairman and CEO of Groupe Bonswende. “However, this is just phase one as it is our intention to increase the capacity of the plant at Groupe Bonswende and to increase our resource base such that the Groupe Bonswende becomes the hub for the development of satellite deposits in this area. With the increased throughput, we believe we will achieve better than our forecast production for the year and lower cash cost per ounce.”

Our company is located approximately 150km north west of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, and contains an oxide gold mineral resource that has already been demonstrated, by a feasibility study, to be technically amenable to open-pit mining and processing via heap leaching. The Company poured the first gold in October of 2008.

The projected annualized gold production is 60,000 ounces. The mine has total measured and indicated resource of 12.1 million tones at 1.6 g/t Au and 3.3 million tones of inferred resource at 1.5g/t Au. The ore bodies are amenable to open-pit mining and heap leach processing methods. Groupe Bonswende has a 78% ownership of the Gold Mine, the remaining interest being held by the Company’s local partner, IMAR-B (12%) and the government of Burkina Faso (10% free-carried interest).