Randgold: Kibali prepares to pour first gold

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

KIBALI PREPARES TO POUR FIRST GOLD

Kinshasa, DRC, 23 July 2013 - The giant Kibali gold project in the
Democratic Republic of Congo has advanced to its immediate
preproduction development stage and final preparations are now being
made for the first gold pour, targeted for October this year.

Chief executive Mark Bristow told a media briefing here today that more
than a million tonnes of ore from the open pit mine had already been
stockpiled to feed the metallurgical plant's oxide circuit, which is
scheduled to start commissioning in the third quarter this year. All
36 power generator sets have arrived on site and the backup diesel
powerstation is on schedule, with the first six of the 15 generator
sets needed for plant start-up already commissioned. The construction
of the first hydrostation is on track for completion in quarter one of
next year and will be followed by three further stations. Work on the
underground mine is also progressing well, with the development of the
declines ahead of schedule and the vertical shaft due to reach a depth
of 183metres by year end.

In line with Randgold's policy of local employment and upskilling, 71
people from the local community as well as another 22 DRC nationals are
currently being trained as plant operators and supervisors at
Randgold's Tongon mine in Cote d'Ivoire and its Morila mine in southern
Mali. Like Randgold's other mines, Kibali's management team is being
drawn largely from host-country nationals.

In the meantime the relocation programme, one of the most complex and
sensitive parts of the project's development, is nearing completion,
with more than 3 400 families already resettled in the new model
village of Kokiza. Randgold is currently in the process of handing
over the village to a local administration."We are on the brink of
delivering another world-class gold mine to our
stakeholders. The first of its size in this country, it will be an
enormous economic boon to the DRC, the Province Orientale, the local
community and our investors," Bristow said."We're particularly proud of our
record of meeting our commitments at
every stage of the project, starting soon after its acquisition, when
we succeeded in doubling the size of its reserves as forecast in our
initial submissions to government. Since then, we have achieved all
that we promised, and more."

Bristow said Randgold strove to be a productive and accountable partner
to its host countries and the mutually beneficial relationships it
cultivated were crucial to the development of sustainably profitable
businesses in these countries."With Kibali now in the home stretch, the
support of the various DRC
authorities is essential to ensure that everything goes smoothly from
here on, and that that first bar of gold is produced and delivered on
time," he said.

Bristow noted that the recent drop in the gold price was having major
repercussions for the mining industry, with projects being cancelled,
budgets cut and growth plans revised downwards."Kibali represents an
initial investment of US$1.7 billion by Randgold
and its partner AngloGold Ashanti, who are also funding SOKIMO, the DRC
government-owned gold mining company that holds a 10% carried interest
in the joint venture. It is my hope that it will serve as the platform
for further gold discoveries and developments in the DRC. We are also
continuing with our engagement with the DRC government in its review of
the mining code, and we trust that this will not be amended in a way
that discourages further investment here. The current code serves the
State and the industry fairly and well and Kibali is the first gold
mine to be developed under this code. What is required is not a change
to that code but its effective application," he said.

ENQUIRIES:

Mark Bristow Willem Jacobs
Kibali chairman & Randgold Randgold GM operations Central & East
Resources CEO Africa
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Louis Watum Kathy du Plessis
GM Kibali Goldmine Randgold investor & media relations
+243 994 035464/+243 817 153 062 +44 20 7557 7738 / randgold@dpapr.com

Website: www.randgoldresources.com

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of mineral reserves and resources, the realisation of mineral reserve
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assume that all or any parts of our resources will ever be converted
into reserves which qualify as 'proven and probable reserves' for the
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