Mendez Joins Santo Mining Corp. as Director

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, Oct. 3, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Santo Mining Corporation (OTCBB:SANP) (the "Company") has announced the appointment of Mario Rafael Mendez as a director. Mendez has more than 16 years' experience specializing in environmental and social consulting services on major projects, including the mining sector in the Dominican Republic.

Since 1996, Mendez has been the principal and technical vice-president of Consorcio Empaca-Redes, the Dominican Republic's leading environmental consulting firm. His extensive experience has spanned a wide array of sectors, including mining, cement plants, industrial plants, electric power plants, gas plants, marine ports, marinas, cruise ports, international airports, most major beach and golf resorts, and government projects. His clients have included Envirogold, Barrick Gold, Unigold, Domicem Cement, Carnival Cruise Line, Holiday Inns, Wyndam Resorts, Aerodom, Casa de Campo Resort, and the Minister of the Environment. Empaca represents Santo Mining in all environmental permitting and community relations.

Mario graduated with a bachelor's degree in Sociology from the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo in 1985, and is a candidate for Doctor of Sociology from University of Vasco, Spain.

"The appointment of Mario Rafael Mendez as a Company director is evidence of our environmental and community commitment as well as our mining interests," said Santo Mining CEO and President Alain French. "He is a leading authority who has worked extensively with the Dominican government in addition to many of the key firms in our industry."

About Santo Mining Corporation

Santo Mining Corporation is an aggressive junior minerals exploration and development company, based in the Dominican Republic. The Company is actively pursuing the acquisition and exploring of properties, which are strategically located in the prolific and highly prospective Hispaniola Gold-Copper Back-Arc area in the Dominican Republic. A detailed description of the Company's activities is available at

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