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Tuesday 15 March, 2005

Randgold Resources

First ball mill reaches Loulo

Randgold Resources Ld
15 March 2005


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


FIRST BALL MILL REACHES LOULO MINE


Bamako, Mali, 15 March 2005 (LSE: RRS) (Nasdaq: GOLD) - The first of the two
ball mills destined for Randgold Resources' new gold mine at Loulo in Mali has
arrived on schedule at the site.

The arrival of the second mill has been delayed after a failure of the camber
stabilising device on the lowbed, just 170 kilometres from the mine.  The second
mill will now be transported to the mine on the first mill's lowbed.  This will
not affect the project schedule as the second mill is only due for commissioning
at the end of the third quarter of this year.

The new plus 7 million ounce Loulo mine is scheduled to pour its first gold in
July 2005.


RANDGOLD RESOURCES ENQUIRIES:

Chief Executive - Dr Mark Bristow +44 779 775 2288
Financial Director - Roger Williams +44 791 709 8939
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 forwardlooking 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 United States
Securities and Exchange Commission (the 'SEC') on 30 June 2004.  Randgold
Resources assumes no obligation to update information in this release.
Cautionary Note to US Investors:  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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