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CRD - Central Rand Gold - First gold smelt from the Carbon-In-Leach concentrate

Release Date: 28/07/2009 08:00:02      Code(s): CRD
CRD - Central Rand Gold - First gold smelt from the Carbon-In-Leach concentrate 
treatment plant                                                                 
Central Rand Gold Limited                                                       
("Central Rand Gold", "CRG" or the "Company")                                   
(Incorporated as a company with limited liability under the laws of Guernsey,   
Company Number 45108)                                                           
(Incorporated as an external company with limited liability under the laws of   
South Africa, registration number 2007/019223/10)                               
ISIN: GG00B24HM601                                                              
Share code on LSE: CRND                                                         
Share code on JSE: CRD                                                          
FIRST GOLD SMELT FROM THE CARBON-IN-LEACH ("CIL") CONCENTRATE TREATMENT PLANT   
-    First bullion bar poured from CIL concentrate treatment plant              
-    Recoveries to date in CIL plant in excess of 95%                           
-    Full metallurgical circuit now integrated                                  
CRG announces that on July 27, 2009, the Company successfully smelted and poured
its first bullion bar of approximately 1.5kg from its CIL concentrate treatment 
plant on its Slot 8 site on the Consolidated Main Reef tenement.                
The CIL plant, capable of treating 10,000 tonnes of concentrate per month,      
commenced civil work on site in February 2009, with the start of commissioning  
in June 2009. The smelt house was the final element requiring commissioning     
which has now been completed. Recoveries to date in the CIL plant have been in  
excess of 95%.                                                                  
The CIL plant was fed concentrate from the Gekko 20tph trial crushing and       
concentrating plant and will now also be fed from the Bateman 30tph crushing and
concentrating plant. The crushing and concentrating plants are treating surface 
material from the Main Reef and Main Reef Leader outcrops. It is expected that  
the crushing and concentrating plants will continue treating surface material   
until such time that underground ore is extracted, expected in early 2010.      
Commenting on the smelt, Johan du Toit, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are
extremely happy to have had our first smelt. This is a significant milestone in 
the Company`s trial mining process and demonstrates that our metallurgical      
circuit is now fully integrated and operational."                               
Contact:                                                                        
Johan du Toit                              + 27 (0) 11 551 4000                 
Wayne Epstein                              + 27 (0) 11 551 4000                 
info@centralrandgold.com                                                        
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de Nysschen                                                                     
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Jenni Newman/Megann Outram/Lerato                                               
Tlatlane                                                                        
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