Drilling Commences At Cerro Las Minitas  

VANCOUVER, BC - Southern Silver Exploration Corp. reported Phase II drilling on the Cerro Las Minitas project has started with one hole completed to date. The newly expanded, second phase of drilling anticipates a +30 core hole program totalling 10,000 metres. Drilling will target specific occurrences located within the area of historic mining and several additional targets derived from the recently completed surface IP geophysical program including extensions of a newly discovered high-grade zone in 11CLM-008 which intersected a 1.8 metre interval averaging 1400g/t Ag, 19.7% Pb and 14.5% Zn within a 3.3 metre interval averaging 818g/t Ag, 12.9% Pb and 10.9% Zn.

The company also reported that potentially significant polymetallic mineralization has been identified in the recently completed hole 11CLM-011, which targeted a 50 metre lateral offset to the north of the bonanza-grade mineralization identified in drill hole 11CLM-008. Logging and sampling of the hole is in progress. Drilling will continue to test the lateral and down dip extensions of the high-grade mineralization.

Phase I drilling on the property tested other widely-spaced targets, each of which with the potential to develop significant high-grade mineral inventories. These will be tested in the latter part of the current program. Surface work on other regional targets continues.

The Cerro Las Minitas property comprises 17 concessions which total 10,980 hectares and an approximate 25 kilometre lineal strike length. The company's address is Suite 1100, 1199 West Hastings St., Vancouver, BC V6E 3T5, (604) 684-9384, fax: (604) 688-4670, email: [email protected].