Washington, D.C. 20549

                        Report of Foreign Private Issuer

                        Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16
                     of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

                          For the month of August, 2003

                         Commission File Number:0-49888

                           Randgold Resources Limited
                 (Translation of registrant's name into English)

             La Motte Chambers, La Motte Street, St. Helier, Jersey,
                            JE1 1BJ, Channel Islands
                    (Address of principal executive offices)

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports
under cover Form 20-F or Form 40-F.

                         Form 20-F..X.. Form 40-F.....

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is submitting the Form 6-K in paper as
permitted by Regulation S-T Rule 101(b)(1):

Note:  Regulation  S-T Rule  101(b)(1) only permits the submission in paper of a
Form 6-K if submitted  solely to provide an attached  annual  report to security

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is submitting the Form 6-K in paper as
permitted by Regulation S-T Rule 101(b)(7):

Note:  Regulation  S-T Rule  101(b)(7) only permits the submission in paper of a
Form 6-K if submitted to furnish a report or other  document that the registrant
foreign  private  issuer  must  furnish  and make  public  under the laws of the
jurisdiction  in which the  registrant  is  incorporated,  domiciled  or legally
organized  (the  registrant's  "home  country"),  or under the rules of the home
country exchange on which the registrant's securities are traded, as long as the
report or other document is not a press  release,  is not required to be and has
not been distributed to the registrant's  security holders, and, if discussing a
material  event,  has already been the subject of a Form 6-K submission or other
Commission filing on EDGAR.

Indicate by check mark whether by furnishing the  information  contained in this
Form,  the  registrant  is  also  thereby  furnishing  the  information  to  the
Commission pursuant to Rule 12g3-2(b) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

                               Yes ..... No ..X..

If "Yes" is marked, indicate below the file number assigned to the registrant
in connection with Rule 12g3-2(b): 82- ________

Randgold Resources Limited
Incorporated in Jersey, Channel Islands
Registration Number 62868
LSE Trading Symbol: RRS
Nasdaq Trading Symbol: GOLD


London, Friday 15 August 2003 - Following the announcement by Randgold Resources
Limited ("Randgold Resources")(LSE: RRS)(NASDAQ: GOLD) on Friday 8 August that
it had submitted an indicative merger proposal to Ashanti Goldfields Company
Limited ("Ashanti"), Randgold Resources is pleased to note the announcement made
today by the Government of Ghana, the text of which is reproduced below:

"Following the proposals presented to it in May for a merger between Ashanti
Goldfields Ltd. and Anglo Gold Ltd. of South Africa, the Government of Ghana has
also received indicative proposals for a merger with Randgold Resources Limited,
a gold mining company based in Jersey, UK.

As previously announced, the Government has appointed a consortium led by
Societe Generale to act as advisers to the Government in its capacity as a (16.9
per cent.) shareholder in Ashanti, holder of the golden share in Ashanti, and
regulator of the mining industry in Ghana, and to assist the Government in
arriving at a decision on the future of Ashanti Goldfields Ltd.

The Government intends to reach a decision on this matter once it has had the
opportunity to consider fully, in conjunction with its advisers, both proposals
and any others that may be received.  In coming to its decision, the Government
will be guided solely by what it considers to be in the best interests of Ghana
and its people, and of Ashanti Goldfields Ltd. as a major transnational mining
enterprise with its roots in Ghana.



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

Adrian Coates/
Tim Morgan-Wynne/
Jan Sanders
+44 20 7991 8888

HSBC Bank plc, which is regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial
Services Authority, is acting for Randgold Resources Limited, and no-one else in
connection with the matters referred to in this document and will not be
responsible to any person other than Randgold Resources Limited for providing
the protections afforded to customers of HSBC Bank plc, or for advising any such
person on the contents of this announcement or any transaction referred to in
this announcement.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

                                                    Randgold Resources Limited

                                                    By:___/s/David Haddon___
                                                    David Haddon
                                                    Group Company Secretary

Date: 15 August 2003