SOURCE: Randgold Resources Ld

March 03, 2014 16:50 ET

Randgold Resources Ld: Opportunities for gold miners in Africa

JERSEY, CHANNEL ISLANDS--(Marketwired - Mar 3, 2014) - Randgold Resources Ld (LSE: RRS) (NASDAQ: GOLD)

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LSE Trading Symbol: RRS
Nasdaq Trading Symbol: GOLD


Toronto, 3 March 2014 - There are many challenges to mining in Africa
but there are even more opportunities open to those with the vision to
grasp them, Randgold Resources chief executive Mark Bristow said
today. Randgold operates gold mines in Mali, Cote d'Ivoire and the
Democratic Republic of Congo.

Speaking at the PDAC convention here, Bristow said the depletion of the
traditional gold mining regions was forcing gold miners to turn to
highly prospective emerging countries previously regarded as too
risky. At the same time, the end of the Cold War had opened up gold
fields in Africa and other emerging markets that had long been
difficult or impossible to access."If you want to hunt elephants you have
to go to elephant country, and
if you want to find world-class gold deposits, Africa is a very good
place to look. West and Central Africa now rank high among the world's
premier gold destinations," he said."I've been involved in mining in Africa
for 30 years and in that time I
have seen great changes in the continent. Slowly but steadily, if
sometimes painfully, it is emerging from centuries of exploitation and
oppression as its people increasingly demand economic and political
freedom, and accountability from their leaders. I am proud that in its
way, Randgold has pointed to what can be achieved here. Born and
raised in Africa, run by Africans and focused entirely on African
assets, Randgold has become a truly world-class company, listed on the
London Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, part of the FTSE 100, with some of
the leading global funds as its shareholders."

He cautioned prospective investors in Africa that securing their social
licence to do business there was as important as getting the technical
and financial aspects of a project right. Randgold's success in
Africa, he said, would not have been possible without its partnership
philosophy, which recognises host countries and their people as
stakeholders in the company."Mining should be seen as a force for good,
which converts national
assets into sustainable economic benefits, in close cooperation with
governments and communities," he said.

Bristow also warned that the search for new multi-million ounce gold
deposits was being hampered by the trend of junior mining companies
neglecting their traditional role as explorers to focus on developing
marginal assets. It would be better for the gold mining industry and
for African mining countries, he said, if the juniors stopped trying to
be developers of marginal assets and reverted to being explorers and
entrepreneurs with a focus on finding world class deposits.


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