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August 16, 2011

Southern Silver Closes Second Tranche of Private Placement

Southern Silver Exploration Corp. (“Southern Silver”) (SSV: TSX.V) announces that it has closed the second tranche of its previously reported non-brokered private placement by issuing 4,818,206 units at a price of $0.17 per unit for gross proceeds of $819,095. Each unit consists of one common share and one share purchase warrant exercisable to purchase one additional common share for a period of two years at an exercise price of $0.22 per share.

Securities issued pursuant to this tranche of the private placement, including common shares, share purchase warrants and finder’s warrants issued as finder’s fees, carry a legend restricting trading of the securities until December 17, 2011. The private placement and finder’s fees are subject to regulatory approval.

Southern Silver closed the first tranche of the private placement on July 20, 2011 by issuing 14,151,706 units at a price of $0.17 per unit for gross proceeds of $2,405,790. Net proceeds from the private placement will be utilized for exploration and property maintenance expenses incurred on the Cerro Las Minitas and Minas de Ameca projects in Mexico and the Oro project in the USA.

On behalf of the Board of Directors
“Lawrence Page”
Lawrence Page, Q.C.President, Southern Silver Exploration Corp.

For further information, please visit Southern Silver’s website at southernsilverexploration.com or contact Liana Shahinian at 1.888.456.1112 or by email at liana@mnxltd.com.

Neither 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 may contain forward-looking statements including but not limited to comments regarding the timing and content of upcoming work programs, geological interpretations, receipt of property titles, potential mineral recovery processes, etc. Forward-looking statements address future events and conditions and therefore involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements. These statements are based on a number of assumptions, including, but not limited to, assumptions regarding general economic conditions, interest rates, commodity markets, regulatory and governmental approvals for Southern Silver’s projects, and the availability of financing for Southern Silver’s development projects on reasonable terms. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward looking statements include market prices, exploitation and exploration successes, the timing and receipt of government and regulatory approvals, and continued availability of capital and financing and general economic, market or business conditions. Southern Silver Exploration Corp. does not assume any obligation to update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by applicable law.