Golden Star Confirms Extensions to Benso Gold Deposit



    DENVER, December 7 /CNW/ - Golden Star Resources Ltd. (AMEX:  GSS)
(TSX:GSC) ("Golden Star") today provided an update on the continuing
exploration of its Benso concession in Ghana.

    Results received from the 3,418 meters of combined Reverse Circulation
("RC") and Diamond Drilling ("DD") have been positive and Golden Star expects
that a portion of the Inferred Mineral Resource below the current pit designs
will be converted into Indicated Mineral Resources and may subsequently be
converted into Mineral Reserves.

    Mitch Wasel, Golden Star's Vice President Exploration, commented that,
"The high grade shoot drilled at Subriso West exhibits grades and thicknesses
that will likely deepen the existing $480 per ounce pit designs and could
conceivably be mined underground. Therefore, in our efforts to enhance
shareholder value, the drilling of the down dip extensions of this zone is a
priority for Golden Star in 2008, which will help us to understand the full
potential of the Benso deposits. This work is expected to be done in the
second quarter of 2008, or possibly earlier depending on drill rig
availability."

    BACKGROUND

    The Benso concessions form part of the Hwini-Butre and Benso project,
which is currently being developed as a source of high grade ore for the Wassa
processing plant. Development of the haul road to connect the Benso concession
to the Wassa processing plant commenced in October 2007 following the receipt
of the necessary environmental permits. The haul road and modifications to the
Wassa processing plant are expected to be completed by the third quarter of
2008. The total cost of the project, including the cost of mining equipment,
is expected to be $50 million and the first ore is expected to be mined at
Benso and hauled to the Wassa processing plant in the third quarter of 2008.
Mining at Hwini-Butre is expected to commence in 2009.

    We previously estimated a total Probable Mineral Reserve for the
Hwini-Butre and Benso project within $480 per ounce pit designs of 4.13
million tonnes grading 4.35 g/t for contained gold of 577,000 ounces, of which
2.30 million tonnes grading 3.41 g/t containing 252,000 ounces were contained
within pits on the Benso concession. In addition to the Mineral Reserves at
Benso, 0.41 million tonnes grading 2.47 g/t of Indicated Mineral Resource and
0.61 million tonnes grading 3.41 g/t of Inferred Mineral Resource were
contained within the $560 per ounce Inferred Mineral Resource optimized pit
shell.

    BENSO DRILLING PROGRAM

    The drilling at Benso was designed to test the $560 per ounce Inferred
Mineral Resource optimized pit shells with the aim of converting this material
into Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources and hence possible conversion
into Mineral Reserves. Results received from the combined RC and DD programs
have been positive and Golden Star expects the conversion of a portion of this
tested Inferred Mineral Resource into Indicated Mineral Resources for
subsequent possible conversion into Mineral Reserves.

    The completed drilling program included 40 drill holes totaling 1,850
meters of RC drilling and 1,568 meters of DD drilling. The Subriso West pit
shows the best potential for expansion with the majority of the drilling
intersecting mineralized widths and grades that will likely have a positive
affect on our next optimized pit shells. Of note, hole SWRC006, which is
located on the southern end of the pit, drill intersected 5 meters grading 116
g/t gold, and hole SWZDD008, located 50 meters north of hole SWRC006, drill
intersected 19 meters grading 2.3 g/t. Significant intersections are detailed
in the table below.

    
       Hole ID     Section     East       North     Elevation   Azimuth
                                (m)        (m)         (m)     (degrees)
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SEZRC071     58300N      176752      58300        59          90
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SEZRC072     58300N      176781      58300        60          90
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SEZRC073     58250N      176779      58250        64          90
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SEZRC074     58250N      176807      58250        65          90
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SEZRC075     57475N      176721      57475        59          90
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SEZRC076     57475N      176674      57475        61          90
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SEZRC077     57525N      176724      57525        68          90
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SEZRC078     57525N      176682      57525        70          90
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SEZRC079     57575N      176750      57575        75          90
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SEZRC080     57575N      176713      57575        78          90
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SEZRC081     58025N      176579      58025        72          90
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SEZDD006     58225N      176741      58225        61          90
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SEZDD007     58250N      176744      58250        61          90
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SEZDD008     58275N      176730      58275        59          90
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SWZRC005     12SW        175318      58553        62          40
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SWZRC006     13SW        175272      58537        59          40
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SWZRC007     14SW        175251      58551        57          40
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SWZRC008     15SW        175228      58563        56          40
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SWZRC009     17SW        175213      58623        58          40
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SWZRC010     17SW        175151      58549        68          40
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SWZRC011     19SW        175160      58638        66          40
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SWZRC012     20SW        175119      58628        65          40
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SWZRC013A    18SW        175140      58583        66          40
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SWZRC014     19SW        175111      58579        69          40
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SWZRC015     22SW        175090      58671        60          40
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SWZRC016     23SW        175090      58710        56          40
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SWZRC017     15SW        175187      58514        59          40
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SWZRC018     12SW        175281      58510        171         40
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SGZRC020     58250N      174759      58257        58          90
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SGZRC021     58650N      174532      58652        54          90
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SGZRC022     58450N      174691      58450        62          90
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SGZRC023     19SW        174943      58379        64          40
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SGZRC024     18SW        174974      58378        65          40
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SGZRC025     17SW        175009      58381        64          40
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SGZRC026     17SW        175028      58404        65          40
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SGZRC027     58600N      174559      58600        54          90
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SGZRC028     58550N      174673      58550        54          90
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SGZDD010     58500N      174577      58500        70          90
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SGZDD011     58200N      174766      58200        56          90
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------
     SGZDD012     58600N      174507      58600        61          90
     -----------  ---------- ---------  ----------  --------- ------------

        Dip      Drill        From          To       Interval     Grade
     (degrees)    Type         (m)          (m)       (m)(1)     (Au g/t)
     ---------- --------- -------------- ---------- ----------- ----------
        -50        RC               No significant intersections
     ---------- --------- ------------------------------------------------
        -50        RC               No significant intersections
     ---------- --------- ------------------------------------------------
        -50        RC           35           40          5         1.8
     ---------- --------- -------------- ---------- ----------- ----------
        -50        RC           13           18          8         1.2
     ---------- --------- -------------- ---------- ----------- ----------
        -50        RC           7            9           2         1.1
     ---------- --------- -------------- ---------- ----------- ----------
        -50        RC           53           55          2         2.0
     ---------- --------- -------------- ---------- ----------- ----------
        -50        RC           5            8           3         5.9
     ---------- --------- -------------- ---------- ----------- ----------
        -50        RC               No significant intersections
     ---------- --------- ------------------------------------------------
        -50        RC               No significant intersections
     ---------- --------- ------------------------------------------------
        -50        RC               No significant intersections
     ---------- --------- ------------------------------------------------
        -50        RC               No significant intersections
     ---------- --------- ------------------------------------------------
        -50                         No significant intersections
     ---------- --------- ------------------------------------------------
        -50                     54           58          4         1.8
     ---------- --------- -------------- ---------- ----------- ----------
        -50                         No significant intersections
     ---------- --------- ------------------------------------------------
        -50        RC           20           23          3         1.3
     ---------- --------- -------------- ---------- ----------- ----------
                   RC           80           83          3         5.6
        -50        RC          102          107          5        116.1
     ---------- --------- -------------- ---------- ----------- ----------
        -50        DD           98          114         16         1.7
     ---------- --------- -------------- ---------- ----------- ----------
        -50        DD          122          141         19         2.3
     ---------- --------- -------------- ---------- ----------- ----------
        -50        DD          124          134         10         2.4
     ---------- --------- -------------- ---------- ----------- ----------
                   DD          220          223          3         2.1
        -50        DD          234          240          6         1.0
     ---------- --------- -------------- ---------- ----------- ----------
        -50        DD          131          138          6         3.7
     ---------- --------- -------------- ---------- ----------- ----------
                   DD          175          180          5         3.3
                   DD          213          218          5         1.9
        -50        DD          234          238          4         1.4
     ---------- --------- -------------- ---------- ----------- ----------
        -50        DD          218          224          6         8.2
     ---------- --------- -------------- ---------- ----------- ----------
        -50        DD          279          282          3         1.7
     ---------- --------- -------------- ---------- ----------- ----------
                   DD          161          164          3         1.4
                   DD          202          207          5         1.7
        -50        DD          220          223          3         1.5
     ---------- --------- -------------- ---------- ----------- ----------
                   DD          126          129          3         2.8
                   DD          140          148          8         1.6
                   DD          167          186         19         3.6
                Including      168          175          7         6.5
                   DD          196          200          4         1.9
        -50        DD          207          217         10         3.1
     ---------- --------- -------------- ---------- ----------- ----------
        -50        DD          203          211          7         2.6
     ---------- --------- -------------- ---------- ----------- ----------
        -50        DD               No significant intersections
     ---------- --------- ------------------------------------------------
                   RC           81           86          5         1.1
        -50        RC           92           95          3         1.7
     ---------- --------- -------------- ---------- ----------- ----------
        -50        RC               No significant intersections
     ---------- --------- ------------------------------------------------
        -50        RC           79           83          4         1.0
     ---------- --------- -------------- ---------- ----------- ----------
        -50        RC               No significant intersections
     ---------- --------- ------------------------------------------------
        -50        RC                      Assays pending
     ---------- --------- ------------------------------------------------
        -50        RC               No significant intersections
     ---------- --------- ------------------------------------------------
        -50        RC               No significant intersections
     ---------- --------- ------------------------------------------------
        -50        RC          106          108          2         1.4
     ---------- --------- -------------- ---------- ----------- ----------
        -50        RC           26           30          4         5.8
     ---------- --------- -------------- ---------- ----------- ----------
        -50        DD          170          182         12         1.3
     ---------- --------- -------------- ---------- ----------- ----------
        -50        RC          105          118         13         2.2
     ---------- --------- -------------- ---------- ----------- ----------
                   DD          170          176          6         2.4
        -50        DD          181          187          6         1.4
     ---------- --------- -------------- ---------- ----------- ----------
    

    (1) Drill intervals do not represent true widths.

    Hole SWZDD016, located at the north end of the Subriso West pit and below
the current $560 per ounce Inferred Mineral Resource pit shell, is of
particular interest since it has intersected several zones of potentially
economic gold mineralization at depth, including a drilled width of 19 meters
grading 3.6 g/t with a central core of 7 meters grading 6.5 g/t. This zone was
intersected at a vertical depth of 145 meters demonstrating that the high
grade mineralization continues at depth and may therefore support deepening of
the current pit design. Further extensions at depth of the high grade zone may
potentially support underground mining.

    The Subriso West high grade shoot has been intersected in previous
drilling. Including holes SJB-120 and SJB-99, located on the same section as
SWZDD016 and 40 meters up dip, which intersected 11 meters grading 5.6 g/t and
4 meters grading 4.7 g/t respectively. Hole SJB-91, further up dip,
intersected 7 meters grading 7.3 g/t and hole SJB-62, approximately 80 meters
up dip from hole SWZDD016 drill intersected 6 meters grading 148.9 g/t. On the
next section, 25 meters to the north, the high grade zone has not been
extensively tested down dip with results from previously reported drilling
contained within the current $480 pit design returning widths and grades
similar to those described above, including hole SJB-63, which drill
intersected 6 meters grading 23.5 g/t, hole SJB-92 located 25 meters down dip,
which intersected 3 meters grading 10.9 g/t, and hole SJB-93, located another
25 meters further down dip which drill intersected 5 meters grading 13.6 g/t.
Full details on this past work are set out in the following table.

    Benso Subriso West Deposit Previously Released Drill Hole Intersects

    
      Hole ID    Section    East    North  Elevation   Azimuth
                            (m)      (m)      (m)     (degrees)
     ---------- --------- -------- ------- ---------- ----------
     BEGT08(2)    23SW     175120   58764      54         40
     ---------- --------- -------- ------- ---------- ----------
     SJB-109      25SW     175108   58801      54         40
     ---------- --------- -------- ------- ---------- ----------
     SJB-110      25SW     175073   58765      54         40
     SJB-110      25SW     175073   58765      54         40
     ---------- --------- -------- ------- ---------- ----------
     SJB-119      24SW     175075   58731      54         40
     SJB-119      24SW     175075   58731      54         40
     ---------- --------- -------- ------- ---------- ----------
     SJB-120      23SW     175106   58733      55         40
     SJB-120      23SW     175106   58733      55         40
     SJB-120      23SW     175106   58733      55         40
     ---------- --------- -------- ------- ---------- ----------
     SJB-62       23SW     175143   58767      55         40
     SJB-62       23SW     175143   58767      55         40
     ---------- --------- -------- ------- ---------- ----------
     SJB-63       24SW     175127   58786      54         40
     ---------- --------- -------- ------- ---------- ----------
     SJB-92       24SW     175110   58769      54         40
     ---------- --------- -------- ------- ---------- ----------
     SJB-93       24SW     175092   58749      54         40
     ---------- --------- -------- ------- ---------- ----------
     SJB-99       23SW     175107   58731      55         40
     ---------- --------- -------- ------- ---------- ----------
     SJB-91       23SW     175125   58748      54         40
     ---------- --------- -------- ------- ---------- ----------

        Dip       Drill   From       To    Interval    Grade
     (degrees)    Type     (m)      (m)     (m)(1)      (Au
                                                        g/t)
     ----------  ------- -------  -------- --------- ----------
        -45        DD         90        98     8            5.7
     ----------  ------- -------  -------- --------- ----------
        -70        RC        140       144     4            4.7
     ----------  ------- -------  -------- --------- ----------
        -60        RC        109       112     3          104.9
        -60        RC        191       195     4            4.5
     ----------  ------- -------  -------- --------- ----------
        -45        RC        130       133     3            6.9
        -45        RC        172       180     8            2.1
     ----------  ------- -------  -------- --------- ----------
        -45        RC         85        87     2            7.4
        -45        RC        123       127     4            7.4
        -45        RC        136       147    11            5.6
     ----------  ------- -------  -------- --------- ----------
        -45        RC         70        76     6          148.9
        -45        RC         80        82     2            9.4
     ----------  ------- -------  -------- --------- ----------
        -45        RC         66        72     6           23.5
     ----------  ------- -------  -------- --------- ----------
        -45        RC         99       102     3           10.9
     ----------  ------- -------  -------- --------- ----------
        -45        RC        141       146     5           13.6
     ----------  ------- -------  -------- --------- ----------
        -45        RC        133       137     4            4.7
     ----------  ------- -------  -------- --------- ----------
        -45        RC        105       112     7            7.3
     ----------  ------- -------  -------- --------- ----------
    

    (1) Drill intervals do not represent true widths.

    (2) BEGT08 is a Geotech hole that has not been previously released.

    VERIFICATION AND QA-QC

    The technical contents of this press release have been reviewed and
verified by Mr. S. Mitchel Wasel, BSc Geology, a Qualified Person pursuant to
National Instrument 43-101 of the Canadian Securities Administration. Mr.
Wasel is Vice President Exploration for Golden Star and an active member of
the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

    The results quoted herein are based on the analysis of saw-split HQ/NQ
diamond half core or a three kilogram single stage riffle split of a nominal
25 to 30 kilogram Reverse Circulation chip sample which has been sampled over
nominal one-meter intervals (adjusted where necessary for mineralized
structures). Sample preparation and analyses have been carried out at SGS
Laboratories in Tarkwa using a 1,000 gram slurry of sample and tap water which
is prepared and subjected to an accelerated cyanide leach (LEACHWELL). The
sample is then rolled for twelve hours before being allowed to settle. An
aliquot of solution is then taken, gold extracted into Di-iso Butyl Keytone
(DiBK), and determined by flame Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry (AAS).
Detection Limit is 0.01 ppm. All analytical work is subject to a systematic
and rigorous Quality Assurance-Quality Control (QA-QC). At least 5% of samples
are certified standards and the accuracy of the analysis is confirmed to be
acceptable from comparison of the recommended and actual 'standards' results.
The remaining half core is stored on site for future inspection and detailed
logging, to provide valuable information on mineralogy, structure, alteration
patterns and the controls on gold mineralization.

    COMPANY PROFILE

    Golden Star holds a 90% equity interest in Golden Star (Bogoso/Prestea)
Limited and Golden Star (Wassa) Limited, which respectively own the
Bogoso/Prestea and Wassa open-pit gold mines in Ghana. In addition, Golden
Star has an 81% interest in the currently inactive Prestea Underground mine in
Ghana, as well as gold exploration interests elsewhere in Ghana, in other
parts of West Africa and in the Guiana Shield of South America. Golden Star
has approximately 233 million shares outstanding.

    Cautionary Note to US Investors concerning estimates of Measured,
Indicated and Inferred Mineral Resources: US investors are advised that while
the term "Measured, Indicated and Inferred Mineral Resources" are recognized
and required by Canadian regulations, the United States Securities and
Exchange Commission does not recognize them. "Inferred Mineral Resources" have
a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and great uncertainty as
to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any
part of an Inferred Mineral Resource will ever be upgraded to a higher
category. Under Canadian rules estimates of Inferred Mineral Resources could
not form the basis of feasibility or other economic studies. US investors are
cautioned not to assume that part or all of the Inferred Mineral Resource
exists, or is economically or legally mineable.

    Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Information: Some statements
contained in this news release are forward-looking statements within the
meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are
cautioned that forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain and involve
risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially.
Such statements include comments regarding: the timing and results of future
drilling and development activities and the ability to convert Inferred
Mineral Resources to Indicated Mineral Resources and the possible subsequent
conversion to Mineral Reserves; the timing for the completion of the haul road
from Benso to Wassa; the timing for the commencement of mining at Benso and
haulage of ore from Benso to Wassa; and the timing for the commencement of
mining at Hwini-Butre; future operations and development at the Hwini-Butre
and Benso properties and total cost of the Hwini-Butre and Benso project.
Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include timing of
and unexpected events during exploration, development and construction;
variations in ore grade; variations in relative amounts of refractory,
non-refractory and transition ores; technical or permitting issues, and
fluctuations in gold price and costs. There can be no assurance that future
developments affecting the Company will be those anticipated by management.
Please refer to the discussion of these and other factors in our Form 10-K for
2006, as amended.




For further information:

For further information: GOLDEN STAR RESOURCES LTD. Bruce Higson-Smith,
+1 800-553-8436 Vice President Corporate Development Anne Hite, +1
800-553-8436 Investor Relations Manager


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