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Tuesday 03 February, 2004

Randgold Resources

Developing new mine in Mali

Randgold Resources Ld
03 February 2004


Bamako, Mali, 3 February 2004  -  London (RRS) and Nasdaq (GOLD) listed Randgold
Resources announced today that it had decided to proceed with the development of
a new gold mine at Loulo in Western Mali.

Chief executive Dr Mark Bristow said this was the latest step in a strategy
which had grown the company from a zero-base origin in 1995 into a substantial
gold mining and exploration business which ranked as one of the leaders in this
field in Africa.  He noted that this strategy was based on consistent investment
in the creation of organic growth opportunities through aggressive exploration
programmes such as the one that has progressed Loulo to this point.  Randgold
Resources' previous major discovery and development was Morila, also in Mali,
which went into production in October 2000 and is now rated as one of the
largest and lowest-cost gold mines in the world.  Loulo will be the fourth
significant new gold mine established in Mali in the last 10 years.

The Loulo open-pit operation, which will be developed at a capital cost of US$80
million, is scheduled to go into production in July 2005 and is expected to
average 200 000 ounces of gold per year over a six-year period, with a
throughput of 180 000 tons per month and an estimated average head grade of 
3.7g/t.  A project team has been established on site to expedite the civil works
programme and the infrastructural preparation for the main plant equipment is
due to be completed before the start of the rainy season.

The Company has mandated NM Rothschild & Sons Limited and Societe Generale to
arrange a project financing loan of up to US$60 million for Loulo.  As part of
the financing strategy, it has taken advantage of current favourable market
conditions to hedge 300 000 ounces of Loulo's production at an average of 

Bristow said this price protection would mitigate capital and debt risk while
maintaining returns which pass the company's hurdle rate.  With the forward
sales the mine is projected to deliver an internal rate of return of 33% at a
gold price of US$350 and 46% at US$400.

The current production forecast is based on reserves of 1.4 million ounces
identified in the two main scheduled pits at Loulo 0 and Yalea.  'The
feasibility study does not include the satellite ore bodies or the underground,'
Bristow said today.  'Current resources are 4.3 million ounces and exploration
results from deep-drilling programmes under the open-pit reserves are
demonstrating the strike and depth continuity of these orebodies, confirming the
potential for extending Loulo's life as an underground operation.  There is a
strong indication that Loulo can be grown into a long-life, medium-sized
producer with total cash costs in the US$200 to US$230 per ounce range.'

Loulo is situated some 350 km west of the capital Bamako, near the border with
Senegal.  It is owned by Societe des Mines de Loulo (SOMILO) in which Randgold
Resources has an 80% interest with the government of Mali holding the rest.

In the Loulo region, the Company continues to pursue new opportunities, the most
significant and recent project being the co-operative agreement with the
Sitakili artisanal community.  The Sitakili prospect shows similarities to the
mineralisation occurrences at Segala and Tabakoto and is scheduled for detailed
follow-up exploration.

For further details contact Randgold Resources:

Dr Mark Bristow - CEO    or    Roger Williams - CFO

+2232 21 8232 (office) /  +223 675 2040 (cell) /  +27 82 800 4293 (cell)

Sam Samake - GM Mali    +223 675 6136 (cell)

Kathy du Plessis - Investor relations -

+27 11 728 4701 (office) /  +27 (0) 83 266 5847 (cell)

Randgold Resources will be announcing its 4th quarter year-end results at 12:00
UK time on Monday 9 February.  To receive these results by e-mail of if you wish
to attend a results presentation or participate in a results conference call -
please contact Kathy du Plessis on

Issued on behalf of Randgold Resources Limited by du Plessis Associates.  dPA
contact Kathy du Plessis on Tel: +27(11) 728 4701, mobile:+27(0)83 266 5847 or

Web site:

DISCLAIMER:  Statements made in this release with respect to Randgold Resources'
current plans, estimates, strategies and beliefs and other statements that are
not historical facts are forward-looking statements about the future performance
of Randgold Resources.  These statements are based on management's assumptions
and beliefs in light of the information currently available to it.  Randgold
Resources cautions you that a number of important risks and uncertainties could
cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the
forward-looking statements, and therefore you should not place undue reliance on
them.  The potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, risks
associated with:  fluctuations in the market price of gold, gold production at
Morila, estimates of reserves and mine life and liabilities arising from the
closure of Syama.  Randgold Resources assumes no obligation to update
information in this release.

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