Forbes & Manhattan Coal Corp. Announces Appointment of Ryan T. Bennett to the Board of Directors

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- Forbes & Manhattan Coal Corp. (TSX:FMC) ("Forbes Coal" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it appointed Ryan T. Bennett to the Board of Directors of the Company effective October 21, 2010.

Mr. Bennett is a Senior Partner with Resource Capital Funds, a private equity group of funds that invests in development and growth stage mining companies. From 1992 to 1998, Mr. Bennett held various positions within NM Rothschild & Sons in Denver and Rothschild Australia Limited in Sydney, where he was principally responsible for the technical analysis of mining projects seeking debt finance. Prior to joining Rothschilds, he worked as a geologist for the United States Bureau of Mines and a private exploration company focused on Alaska, as well as a mining engineering consultant for Caterpillar. Mr. Bennett has a Masters of Science degree in Mining Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and a Bachelors of Science degree in Geological Engineering and Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. 

President and Chief Executive Officer, Stephan Theron, commented, "Resource Capital Fund (RCF) have an exceptional track record of successfully investing and supporting mining development projects. RCF is a major shareholder in Forbes Coal and we are pleased to have Mr. Ryan Bennett join the board. Ryan's resume is exemplary and he further strengthens the technical and strategic capabilities of our management team."

About Forbes Coal 

The Corporation holds a 53.5% interest in Slater Coal (Pty) Ltd., a South African company ("Slater Coal") which has a 70% interest in Zinoju Coal (Pty) Ltd. ("Zinoju"). Zinoju holds a 100% interest in certain coal mines in South Africa (the "Slater Coal Properties"). The Slater Coal Properties comprise the operating Magdelena bituminous mine (the "Magdelena Property") and the Aviemore anthracite mine (the "Aviemore Property") and have a substantial resource base of bituminous and anthracite coal. The Slater Coal Properties are located in the Klipriver coalfield, near Dundee, in the KwaZulu Natal Province of South Africa and can be accessed via the N3, N11 Ladysmith and R102 Dundee tarred national highways that run between Johannesburg and Durban, South Africa. The other 46.5% of Slater Coal is beneficially owned by members of the Slater family. 

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For more information, please contact

Forbes & Manhattan Coal Corp.
Stephan Theron
President and Chief Executive Officer
(416) 861-5912
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