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TAMBANG, December 30, 2011 | 22.35
Southern Arc Update Forestry Permit Of West Lombok Project

Abraham Lagaligo

Vancouver – TAMBANG. Southern Arc Minerals would like to provide the following update regarding the status of exploration activities on its West Lombok project. Following issuance of its mining business license (IUP) in January 2011, Southern Arc initiated the forestry permit process to allow for advanced exploration activities on its West Lombok project.

Southern Arc has relocated two rigs to the Jati and Tanjung targets on the Pelangan prospect, where previous exploration identified a continuous 1.5km-long mineralized epithermal breccia hosting at least one high-grade lode structure. Previous drilling intersections include 10.05m @ 13.4 g/t gold and 8 g/t silver (TGD-02), 9.2m @ 5.9 g/t gold and 11 g/t silver (JDG-03) and 26.2m @ 4.2 g/t gold (including 3.45m @12.3 g/t gold: PLD-027).

"We have a strong relationship with the West Lombok Regency, which holds a ten percent stake in the West Lombok project. We are the number one employer in the district, providing significant economic and social benefits to local communities. All of our exploration activities have been implemented based on extensive consultation with the local authorities,” said John Proust, Chairman & CEO of Southern Arc on Thursday, December 29, 2011.

"Ongoing engagement with the Ministry of Forestry is a top priority for the Company's in-country team. We have the support of the local authorities and communities and are confident that discussions with the Ministry of Forestry will be productive. We will work diligently to expedite permitting in order to resume full-scale exploration of the West Lombok project,” he said again.

He talk, with regard to the Company's stated goal of completing two NI 43-101 resource estimates by June 30, 2012, the timing of those resource estimates is contingent upon receipt of the Pinjam/Pakai permit.

Results from the remaining 16 holes drilled on the Waterfall target on the Mencanggah prospect are expected to be released in early January. Southern Arc has recently completed eight holes on the Bising target on the Mencanggah prospect, with results expected by late January.

Southern Arc Minerals Inc. is a Canadian mineral exploration company with an aggressive exploration, acquisition and growth strategy. The Company's portfolio includes four exploration projects with epithermal gold and gold-copper porphyry prospects on the Lombok and Sumbawa islands in Indonesia, three of which are being advanced in partnership with major mining companies Vale and Newcrest.