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Press release from Marketwire

Changed Number of Shares and Votes in SEMAFO

Monday, April 30, 2012

Changed Number of Shares and Votes in SEMAFO12:20 EDT Monday, April 30, 2012MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 30, 2012) -SEMAFO (TSX:SMF)(OMX:SMF)As a result of the exercise of options, the total number of shares and votes in the Corporation has changed during April as follows.The number of shares has increased by 11,000 common shares and the total number of shares in the Corporation as of April 30, 2012 amounts to 273,151,185 common shares. The total number of votes in the Corporation has increased by 11,500 and amounts to in total 273,151,185. The Corporation's share capital as of April 30, 2012 amounts to approximately SEK 9,344,502,039.The above information has been made public in accordance with the Swedish Financial Instruments Trading Act. About SEMAFO 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.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Sofia St LaurentSEMAFOCommunications & Investor RelationsTel local & overseas: +1 (514) 744 4408Toll-Free: 1 (888) 744-4408sstlaurent@semafo.comORBrunswick Group StockholmMaria Bang+46 (8) 410 32 189mbang@brunswickgroup.com