Continental Gold announces appointment of new director

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – June 5, 2012) – Continental Gold Limited (“Continental” or the “Company”) (TSX:CNL)(OTCQX:CGOOF) is pleased to announce that Dr. Kenneth Thomas has been appointed to its Board of Directors, effective today.

Dr. Thomas was until recently Senior Vice-President, Projects at Kinross Cold Corporation. Prior to Kinross, Dr. Thomas was Global Managing Director and a director at Hatch, a multinational engineering company that provides process design, business strategies, technologies, and project and construction management to the metals, infrastructure and energy market sectors. From 2003 to 2005, he was Chief Operating Officer at Crystallex International and, earlier in his career, spent 14 years at Barrick Gold Corporation, including as Senior Vice-President, Technical Services. Dr. Thomas earned his Ph.D. from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands, with a focus on technical services and project execution. He is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario, and a Fellow of The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Petroleum. In 2001, the Institute awarded Dr. Thomas the Selwyn G. Blaylock Medal for advancement in international mine design.

“Dr. Thomas brings over 45 years of mining sector experience in operations, technical services and project development to Continental, and we are extremely pleased to welcome him to our Board”, said Ari Sussman, a director and Chief Executive Officer of Continental.

About Continental Gold

Continental Gold Limited is an advanced-stage exploration and development company with an extensive portfolio of 100% owned gold projects in Colombia. Spearheaded by a team with over 40 years of exploration and mining experience in Colombia, the Company is focused on advancing its high-grade Buriticá gold project to production in 2015. A maiden National Instrument 43-101 compliant mineral resource estimate for its Buriticá project covering two major vein systems, with combined measured and indicated mineral resources of 1,110,000 tonnes of mineralized material containing 630,000 ounces of gold grading 17.8 g/t gold, 1,500,000 ounces of silver grading 42 g/t silver, and 18,700,000 pounds of zinc grading 0.8% zinc. The inferred mineral resource is 6,900,000 tonnes of mineralized material containing 2,500,000 ounces of gold grading 11.4 g/t gold, 9,500,000 ounces of silver grading 43 g/t silver and 88,000,000 pounds of zinc grading 0.6% zinc. For additional technical information on the Buriticá project, please refer to the Company’s technical report entitled “Mineral Resource Estimate of the Buriticá Gold Project, Colombia” dated October 24, 2011, as amended November 23, 2011, prepared by Andrew J Vigar, BAppSc Geo, FAusIMM, MSEG, and Martin Recklies, BAppSC Geo, MAIG, each of Mining Associates Pty Limited, available on SEDAR at, on the OTCQX at and on the Company website at With a goal of being the first modern-day gold producer in Colombia, Continental will commence construction of an underground ramp in H2 2012, initially providing access for underground drilling and eventually used for commercial production in 2015. A 60,000-metre drill program is also underway at the Buriticá project to further delineate the resource and drill new target zones identified within its concession. Additional details on the Buriticá project and Continental’s suite of gold exploration properties are available at

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains or refers to forward-looking information, including statements regarding the estimation of mineral resources, exploration results, potential mineralization, exploration and mine development plans, timing of the commencement of operations, and is based on current expectations that involve a number of business risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking statement include, but are not limited to, failure to convert estimated mineral resources to reserves, capital and operating costs varying significantly from estimates, the preliminary nature of metallurgical test results, delays in obtaining or failures to obtain required governmental, environmental or other project approvals, political risks, uncertainties relating to the availability and costs of financing needed in the future, changes in equity markets, inflation, changes in exchange rates, fluctuations in commodity prices, delays in the development of projects and the other risks involved in the mineral exploration and development industry Forward-looking statements are subject to significant risks and uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expected results. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and the Company assumes no responsibility to update them or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances other than as required by law.

Differences in Reporting of Resource Estimates

This press release was prepared in accordance with Canadian standards which differ in some respects from United States standards. In particular, and without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the terms “inferred mineral resources,” “indicated mineral resources,” “measured mineral resources” and “mineral resources” used or referenced in this press release are Canadian mining terms as defined in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects under the guidelines set out in the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (the “CIM”) Standards on Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves (the “CIM Standards”). The CIM Standards differ significantly from standards in the United States. While the terms “mineral resource,” “measured mineral resources,” “indicated mineral resources,” and “inferred mineral resources” are recognized and required by Canadian regulations, they are not defined terms under standards in the United States. “Inferred mineral resources” have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Under Canadian securities laws, estimates of inferred mineral resources may not form the basis of feasibility or other economic studies. Readers are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of measured or indicated mineral resources will ever be converted into reserves. Readers are also cautioned not to assume that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource exists, or is economically or legally mineable. Disclosure of “contained ounces” in a resource is permitted disclosure under Canadian regulations; however, United states companies are only permitted to report mineralization that does not constitute “reserves” by standards in the United States as in place tonnage and grade without reference to unit measures. Accordingly, information regarding resources contained or referenced in this press release containing descriptions of our mineral deposits may not be comparable to similar information made public by United States companies.

Contact Information


Continental Gold Limited
Paul Begin
Chief Financial Officer
[email protected]

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