- Tsodilo Resources Limited (TSX Venture Exchange: TSD) ("Tsodilo" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that effective May 1, 2010, Michiel (Mike) C.J. de Wit has been appointed as President and Chief Operating Officer ("COO") of the Company, subject to receipt of TSX Venture Exchange approval.
Dr. de Wit has extensive experience in the diamond industry, having begun his career as an exploration geologist for the Geological Survey in South Africa prior to joining De Beers for whom he worked for 29 years. Dr. de Wit managed various exploration programs for De Beers in Africa which led to a number of kimberlite discoveries. Prior to his most recent appointment as President and CEO of BRC Diamond Corporation, he served as general manager for De Beers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ("DRC"), Dr. de Wit was responsible for all exploration programs for De Beers in Africa. In addition to MSc degrees in geophysics and sedimentology from the Universities of Pretoria and Reading (UK) respectively, Dr. de Wit holds a PhD degree from the University of Cape Town where he focused on the alluvial diamond distribution of western South Africa. He brings some 34 years of exploration experience to the Company.
"No one is more pleased than me about having Mike join us. I have guided the Company these last eight years and now it is time for a real industry professional to take us to the next level. Our projects are at a stage where all our persistence and diligence these past years are paying off and Mike is the right person to move things forward. I look forward to working with Mike in the years to come as we develop value in our current diamond and metals projects and look for other opportunities as well" commented James M. Bruchs. Mr. Bruchs will continue with the Company as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Tsodilo Resources Limited is an international diamond and metals exploration company engaged in the search for economic kimberlites and metal deposits at its Newdico (Pty) Limited ("Newdico') and Gcwihaba Resources (Pty) Limited ("Gcwihaba") projects in northwest Botswana. The Company has an 95% stake in Newdico (9,400 square kilometers under diamond license) while Trans Hex Group, a South African diamond mining and marketing company, holds the remaining 5%. The southern and northern Gcwihaba project area (6,856 square kilometers under diamond license and 13,400 square kilometers under base and precious metals licenses) is 100% held by the Company. Tsodilo manages the exploration of both the Newdico and Gcwihaba license areas. Overall supervision of the Company's exploration program is the responsibility of Dr. Mike de Wit, President and COO of the Company and a "qualified person" (as such term is defined in National Instrument 43-101).
The Company has offices in Toronto, Canada and Gaborone and Maun, Botswana. Please visit the Company's website, www.TsodiloResources.com
, for additional information and background on our projects.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that the Company believes, expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future (including, without limitation, statements relating to the development of the Company's projects) are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements reflect the current expectations or beliefs of the Company based on information currently available to the Company. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual results of the Company to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements, and even if such actual results are realized or substantially realized, there can be no assurance that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on the Company. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations include, among other things, changes in equity markets, political developments in Botswana and surrounding countries, changes to regulations affecting the Company's activities, uncertainties relating to the availability and costs of financing needed in the future, the uncertainties involved in interpreting exploration results and the other risks involved in the mineral exploration business. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made and, except as may be required by applicable securities laws, the Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise. Although the Company believes that the assumptions inherent in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and accordingly undue reliance should not be put on such statements due to the inherent uncertainty therein.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
James M. Bruchs -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer - JBruchs@TsodiloResources.com
Mike de Wit -- President and Chief Operating Officer - MdeWit@TsodiloResources.com
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