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Thursday 04 November, 2004

Randgold Resources

New mine pays off

Randgold Resources Ld
04 November 2004

RANDGOLD RESOURCES LIMITED

Incorporated in Jersey, Channel Islands
Reg. No. 62686
LSE Trading Symbol: RRS
Nasdaq Trading Symbol: GOLD


DEEP DRILLING AT NEW MINE PAYS OFF WITH SIGNIFICANT RESOURCE INCREASE


London, 4 November 2004 (LSE: RRS) (Nasdaq: GOLD)  -  Continuing exploration at
the new gold mine it is developing at Loulo in Mali has increased the resource
there by 2.5 million ounces to more than 7 million ounces,  Randgold Resources
reported today.


Announcing its results for the September quarter, the London and Nasdaq listed
gold miner said deep drilling at the Yalea deposit, designed to determine the
open-pit project's underground potential, had delineated high-grade ore and
identified below-surface ore shoots.  Remodelling of the orebody had increased
the Yalea resource estimate to 4.98 million ounces and the Loulo resource,
excluding satellites, to 7.34 million ounces.


A further drilling phase is currently under way to produce an underground mine
design and planning study for a bankable feasibility study.  Meanwhile, work on
the open-pit mine has continued through the rainy season and Loulo remains on
track to produce its first gold next year as scheduled.  Much of the
infrastructural work has been completed and the erection of the site tower
cranes has broken the skyline for the first time.  The mill is being fabricated
and mining operations are expected to start before the end of this year.


Elsewhere in Mali, the company's 40%-owned Morila mine started recovering from
the plant commissioning and maintenance problems which have plagued it for the
past three quarters.  While plant throughput was below the previous quarter's
level, gold production increased from 85 056 ounces to 91 685 ounces, thanks
mainly to substantially improved recoveries.  The increase in tons mined  -
from 5.3 million to 6.9 million  -  should pay off in terms of higher-grade ore
to be processed in the last quarter of this year.


'The Randgold Resources team has focused closely on the problems at Morila and a
reasonable measure of success in returning the mine to planned performance
levels has been achieved.  The implementation of a technical action programme
and continuous close monitoring have produced the desired results, albeit at the
end of the quarter, when daily tonnages and grades reached design rates,' chief
executive Dr Mark Bristow said.  Completion tests on the plant expansion were
successfully completed in the first week of October.


Morila's stuttering performance was reflected in a slight reduction in the
company's profit from mining, at US$3.3 million down US$300 000 on the previous
quarter, and in a net loss of US$2.4 million.  It posted a US$11.7 million net
profit in the previous quarter but that included the profits on the sale of its
Syama mine and on financial instruments.


In the Cote d'Ivoire, where the company's prefeasibility-stage Tongon project
has been halted by political unrest, a top-level management delegation has had
discussions with government officials.


'While we have always maintained our offices and presence in the country, it's
still too early to go back into the field, but we've reviewed the work that's
been done and we believe Tongon is one of the better undeveloped prospects in
West Africa.  In anticipation of continued progress towards a settlement, our
project team has been tasked with updating the prefeasibility study and
preparing to start work on a bankable feasibility study,' Bristow said.


On the exploration front, the wet season brought an end to the field activities
in West Africa and work has focused on data integration, interpretation,
modelling and planning.  In East Africa, on the other hand, fieldwork has been
accelerated following the ratification of the joint venture with Barrick in
Tanzania.  In the Mara greenstone belt, geophysical surveys have been completed
on two permits.  In the Musoma belt, early-stage reconnaissance work is under
way.


'We're planning a busy exploration programme for the last quarter of 2004 and
the beginning of next year, covering five countries  -  Mali, Senegal, Burkina
Faso, Ghana and Tanzania,' Bristow said.


'At Morila, drilling will continue to convert resources into reserves and to
hunt for new ounces.  At Loulo, we're drilling to complete the underground
feasibility study.  Drilling contracts for both Burkina Faso and the Morila
region have been signed and work will start later this year.  In Tanzania, we're
working on a motivation to drill two geophysical targets in November while in
Senegal, two targets have been drilled and motivations for a further six are
being considered.  Drilling in Ghana is, subject to results, planned for the
first quarter of 2005 and will concentrate on the Obuasi shear.'


Bristow said in addition to its heavy organic development programme, the company
was also continuing to look at a number of merger and acquisition opportunities
in line with its commitment to value creation.


RANDGOLD RESOURCES ENQUIRIES:

Chief Executive - Dr Mark Bristow +44 779 775 2288
Financial Director - Roger Williams +44 779 771 9660
Investor & Media Relations - Kathy du Plessis +27 11 728 4701, 
Cell: +27 (0) 83 266 5847, randgoldresources@dpapr.com

Website: www.randgoldresources.com



DISCLAIMER:  Statements made in this document 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, the development of Loulo and estimates of resources,
reserves and mine life.  For a discussion on such risk factors, refer to the
annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended 31 December 2003, which was filed
with the Securities Exchange Commission on 30 June 2004.  Randgold Resources
assumes no obligation to update information in this release. Cautionary Note to
US Investors:  The United States Securities Exchange Commission (the 'SEC')
permits companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only proven and
probable ore reserves.  We use certain terms in this release, such as 'resources
', that the SEC does not recognise and strictly prohibits us from including in
our filings with the SEC.  Investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any
part of our resources will ever be converted into reserves which qualify as '
proven and probable reserves' for the purposes of the SEC's industry guide
number 7.


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