MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - June 4, 2013) - SEMAFO Inc. (TSX:SMF)(OMX:SMF) regrets to report that a Burkinabe employee drowned in an isolated incident at the Corporation's Mana Mine in Burkina Faso. The accident occurred on Sunday while the employee was working on a sump pump in one of the main pits. Operations in the immediate area of the accident were suspended temporarily.

The emergency response team was immediately deployed and is working in collaboration with the relevant local authorities to determine the cause of the accident.

Management have conveyed their sincere condolences to the family and colleagues of the deceased employee.


SEMAFO is a Canadian-based mining company with gold production and exploration activities in West Africa. The Corporation 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.

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