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January 4, 2017 Surrey, British Columbia; Desert Gold Ventures Inc. ("Desert Gold" and or “the Company") (TSXV: DAU) today announced a major step forward in the development of the Company's Byumba Gold project in Northern Rwanda. In Q1 of 2016, the Company applied for a commercial mining license at its Byumba gold deposit. Along with the mining license application, the Company submitted a Plan of Operation (“PLO”) to the Rwandan Ministry of Natural Resources (“MINIRENA”). The Company is pleased to announce that MINIRENA, in co-operation with the State Department of Geology and Mines (“DNGM”), has accepted the Company’s proposal and on December 13, 2016 issued Desert Gold a commercial gold mining license.

Details of Mining License Application

  • Thenewtitleundertheexploitationlicensewillbe named Rutare
  • The mining license is valid for a period of 10 years with an option to renew
  • TheRutare permit coversa375hectareblock(asshowninmapbelow)andencompasses the entire goldprospect
  • TheRutare permit islocatedatwohourdrive from the capital Kigali accessibleby paved highway

Rutare Exploitation License Boundary Map

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Table 1 sets out the Company's mineral resource estimate prepared in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 ("NI 43-101") which shows ore tonnage of approximately 5.5 million tons at an average grade of 1.48 g/t of gold for a total resource of 265,000 oz Au using a cut off grade of 0.5 g/t Au.

Summary of Mineral Resource Estimates Prepared in Accordance with NI 43-101

Table 1 Byumba Resource

Inferred Mineral Resource Estimate (January 2010)

Weathering Zone Tonnage (Kt) Au (g/t) Bulk Density Au Ounces
Oxide 701 1.22 2.35 27,000
Transition 2,606 1.38 2.55 115,000
Fresh 2,245 1.69 2.75 122,000
Total 5,551 1.48 2.61 265,000

Notes to Mineral Resource Estimate:

  • The effective date of the Byumbamineral resource estimate is January 11,
  • Mineral resources that are notmineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic Due totheuncertainty indicated inferred mineral resources, these mineralresources may never beupgradedto proven and probable mineral

The Company plans to release a Supplemental Plan of Operation (“SPLO”) later this quarter that will outline the details of the development at Rutare. The decision to proceed into production is currently not based on a feasibility study of mineral reserves demonstrating economic and technical viability. Rather, the decision was based on the existing data from the 2010 inferred resource, the 2012 drilling campaign and a series of internal studies conducted by the Company’s engineering and technical team. Over time the Company aims to demonstrate economic viability as defined under Companion Policy 43-101CP, 4.2(6) – Production Decision.

Desert Gold CEO Sonny Janda commented, "Our goal is to develop the first commercial gold mine in the country and to become a leading producer in the region. As such, we are working closely with the Rwandan government and local partners to finalize the development plan at Rutare. This plan will not only focus on the exploitation of the existing Byumba resource at Rutare but will also incorporate more drilling for expansion and growth of the area over time. Moreover, the Company is evaluating other mineral prospects in the region. We are working closely with our partners in Rwanda to identify the most prospective opportunities and incorporate them into our larger vision. The issuance of the gold mining license is a significant milestone for the company. I would like to thank the Rwandan government and its supporting departments for their active participation helping Desert Gold throughout the licensing process."

Shaun Dyke, M.Sc. (Eng); P.Geo (#20044), a Qualified Person as defined in NI 43-101, has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information contained in this release.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

"Jared Scharf"

Jared Scharf
Director
+1 (858) 247 – 8195

About Desert Gold

Desert Gold Ventures Inc. is an advanced exploration and development company which holds mining assets in Mali and Rwanda.

For further information please visit our website www.desertgold.ca or information available on  www.SEDAR.com under the company’s profile.

This news release contains forward-looking statements respecting the Company's ability to successfully obtain an exploitation license for its Byumba permit. These forward-looking statements entail various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in these forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on current expectations, are subject to a number of uncertainties and risks, and actual results may differ materially from those contained in such statements, including the inability of the Company to successfully complete and obtain the necessary permits to develop its operations. These uncertainties and risks include, but are not limited to, the strength of the capital markets, permitting risk, the price of gold; operational, funding, and liquidity risks; the degree to which mineral resource estimates are reflective of actual mineral resources; and the degree to which factors which would make a mineral deposit commercially viable are present; the risks and hazards associated with mining operations. Risks and uncertainties about the Company's business are more fully discussed in the company's disclosure materials filed with the securities regulatory authorities in Canada and available at www.sedar.com and readers are urged to read these materials. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from such statements unless required by law.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its regulation services provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the securities described herein in the United States. The securities described herein have not been and will not be registered under the united states securities act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the united states or to the account or benefit of a U.S person absent an exemption from the registration requirements of such act.