SOURCE: Randgold Resources Ld

September 24, 2013 08:58 ET

Major effort delivers early start-up for Kibali

JERSEY, CHANNEL ISLANDS--(Marketwired - Sep 24, 2013) - RANDGOLD RESOURCES LIMITED (LSE: RRS) (NASDAQ: GOLD)

RANDGOLD RESOURCES LIMITED
Incorporated in Jersey, Channel Islands
Reg. No. 62686
LSE Trading Symbol: RRS
NASDAQ Trading Symbol: GOLD

MAJOR EFFORT DELIVERS EARLY START-UP FOR KIBALI

Kibali, DRC, 24 September 2013 - The giant Kibali gold project in the
Democratic Republic of Congo today officially poured its first bar of
gold in a ceremony attended by Congolese officials including
representatives from the Provincial Government and various ministries
and the offices of the President and Prime Minister, traditional
leaders as well as executives of the parastatal SOKIMO and the joint
venture partners Randgold Resources and AngloGold Ashanti.

The mine has been brought into production ahead of schedule after a
massive operation which included the resettlement of more than 4000
families to a new model village and the substantial upgrading of the
local infrastructure. The construction process alone has required a
team of more than 7000 people on site at one time.

Randgold is developing and operating the mine, which with a projected
annual production of some 600000ounces of gold, reserves of
11millionounces and resources of 21millionounces will rank as one
of the largest of its kind in Africa. The mine is being developed in
two concurrent phases at an estimated initial cost of USD1.7billion,
starting as an open pit operation, with the underground mine, already
well advanced, scheduled to access ore in 2015.

Speaking at the ceremony, Randgold's general manager operations for
Central and East Africa, Willem Jacobs, said that in line with
Randgold's partnership philosophy, the mine was destined to be an
enormous economic boon to its Congolese stakeholders: the state, which
has a 10% interest in Kibali through SOKIMO, the Province Orientale,
where Kibali is located, and the local community."Over the lifetime of
Kibali, approximately half of its profits will go
to the DRC State in the form of royalties, taxes and dividends. By
next year, it will be providing employment to more than 2500 people on
site, almost all Congolese nationals. More than half of its senior
management are Congolese, while almost 100 Congolese have been trained
as skilled operators at our West African mines. In addition to our
locals-first employment policy, we also give preference to sourcing our
goods and services from local suppliers, which spreads the economic
benefit of our activities even wider," he said.

Randgold's capital projects executive, John Steele, said the successful
development of Kibali was a tribute to Randgold's experienced and
multi-skilled team. "This is the fifth major gold mine we have built
in Africa and the lessons we have learned in the process have proved
invaluable to us in bringing a project of this magnitude into
production ahead of schedule and on budget. The support of the
Congolese authorities and the local community has also been a major
factor.""Important as this day is, it is still only the first step in
achieving
this project's great potential," added Kibali general manager Louis
Watum. "With gold sales set to start next month, our focus is now on
commissioning of the rest of the metallurgical plant and the hydropower
stations as well as progressing the underground development."

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Mark Bristow             Willem Jacobs       Kathy du Plessis
Kibali chairman &        Randgold GM         Randgold investor & media
Randgold Resources CEO   operations          relations
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Graham Shuttleworth      Louis Watum         Website:
Randgold Financial       GM Kibali Goldmine   www.randgoldresources.com 
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+447797711338            +243817153062


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historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this
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