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Santacruz Announces Rosario Project Environmental Permits Approved

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Santacruz Announces Rosario Project Environmental Permits Approved09:00 EDT Tuesday, May 22, 2012VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 22, 2012) - Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:SCZ) ("Santacruz" or the "Company") is pleased to provide an update on its Rosario project, located in the mining district of Charcas, San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The environmental permits for both the underground development and mine construction have been received for the Rosario project. This is a positive development for the project as it is the Company's intention to commission the mill within the first quarter of 2013. Detailed engineering and construction work continues on the project and is on schedule for the Company's production target timeline. "With these environmental permits in place, we now have the ability to rapidly advance the Rosario project into production," said Arturo Prestamo Elizondo, Santacruz's President and CEO. "The focus of the company is to bring the Rosario project into production within the first quarter of 2013, and to start generating cash flow for Santacruz. The granting of these permits provides us with the ability to meet our targets." About Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. Santacruz Silver is focused on three advanced stage silver deposits in Mexico with a corporate objective to reach production by first quarter 2013. The Company aims to become a mid-tier silver producer (targeting to produce +5 million Ag equivalent ounces) within the next 3 to 4 years. For 2013, Santacruz is focused on increasing resources to more than 50million ounces of silver equivalent on each of its three properties. All scientific or technical nature information herein was approved by Harald Hoegberg and Randy Henkle (both of whom are qualified persons as such term is defined in National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects). Mr. Hoegberg and Mr. Henkle are independent consultants for Santacruz. Forward-looking information Certain statements contained in this news release, such as timing and anticipated results of proposed exploration programs, proposed use of proceeds and anticipated production dates on the Company's mineral properties, constitute "forward-looking information" as such term is used in applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking information is based on plans, expectations and estimates of management at the date the information is provided and is subject to certain factors and assumptions, including, that the Company's the financial condition and development plans do not change as a result of unforeseen events and that the Company obtains regulatory approval. Forward-looking information is subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause plans, estimates and actual results to vary materially from those projected in such forward-looking information. Factors that could cause the forward-looking information in this news release to change or to be inaccurate include, but are not limited to, the risk that any of the assumptions referred to prove not to be valid or reliable, that occurrences such as those referred to above are realized and result in delays, or cessation in planned work, that the Company's financial condition and development plans change, and delays in regulatory approval, as well as the other risks and uncertainties applicable to mineral exploration and development activities and to the Company as set forth in the Company's Filing Statement filed under the Company's profile at www.sedar.com. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, other than as required by applicable law.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Arturo Prestamo ElizondoSantacruz Silver Mining Ltd.President, Chief Executive Officer and DirectorORNeil MacRaeSantacruz Silver Mining Ltd.(778) 999-4653info@santacruzsilver.comwww.santacruzsilver.comNeither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.