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1 1st Quarter 2012 Results May 10, 2012 Tom Mair President and CEO

2 Legal and Other Matters SAFE HARBOR: The statements contained in this presentation are both historical and forward-looking in nature. The United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a “safe harbor” for certain forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. Such forward-looking statements include statements as to our 2012 production and operating cash cost estimates, capital expenditure estimates, planned exploration spending and activities, anticipated grades and recoveries and production at all of our mines, reserve and resource projections and production projections, and the availability of cash. The forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially including those relating to exploration; the establishment of reserves; the recovery of any reserves; future gold production and production costs; future permitting dates for additional sources of ore; realization of synergies and other benefits and the timing of such realization; timing of and unexpected events during construction, expansion and start-up of certain Golden Star projects; variations in ore grade, tonnes mined, crushed or milled; variations in relative amounts of refractory, non-refractory and transition ores; delay or failure to receive board or government approvals and permits, the timing and availability of external financing on acceptable terms; technical, permitting, mining or processing issues; fluctuations in gold price and costs which may be more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected. Please refer to a discussion of some of these and other risk factors in Golden Star’s Form 10 ‑ K and other Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The forecasts contained in this presentation constitute management’s current estimates, as of the date of this presentation, with respect to the matters covered thereby. We expect that these estimates will change as new information is received and that actual results will vary from these estimates, possibly by material amounts. While we may elect to update these estimates at any time, we do not undertake to update any estimate at any particular time or in response to any particular event. Investors and others should not assume that any forecasts in this presentation represent management’s estimate as of any date other than the date of this presentation. INFORMATION: The information contained in this presentation has been obtained by Golden Star from its own records and from other sources deemed reliable, however no representation or warranty is made as to its accuracy or completeness. The technical information relating to Golden Star’s material properties disclosed herein is based upon previously filed technical reports prepared and filed pursuant to National Instrument 43-101. CURRENCY: All monetary amounts refer to United States dollars unless otherwise indicated. CAUTIONARY NOTE TO US INVESTORS REGARDING ESTIMATES OF MEASURED, INDICATED AND INFERRED RESOURCES: This presentation uses the terms “Measured,” “Indicated” and “Inferred” Resources. United States investors are advised that while such terms are recognized and required by Canadian regulators, the SEC does not recognize them. “Inferred 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 resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Under certain non U.S. rules, estimates of Inferred Resources may not form the basis of feasibility or other economic studies. United States investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of Measured or Indicated Resources will ever be converted into reserves. United States Investors are also cautioned not to assume that all or any part of an Inferred Mineral Resource exists, or is economically or legally mineable.

3 Agenda  Financial and operational highlights  Operating and development activities  Exploration update  Development projects  2012 Goals and Guidance  Concluding remarks

4 2012 First Quarter Highlights  Gold sales of 77,725 oz, up 10% over Q4 11  Average realized gold price of $1,686/oz, up 21% YOY  Revenues of $131.0M, up 12% YOY  Cash operating costs of $1,118/oz, up 14% YOY  Cash flow from operations of $17.2M vs. ($5.9M) YOY  Net income of $9.1M, up 54% YOY  Diluted EPS $0.035 vs. $0.023 YOY  Riverstone transaction: $22.4M gain on sale of assets  Cash balance of $103.8M at March 31, 2011

5 Bogoso/Prestea Production Summary  Q1 gold sales of 41,242 oz, up 16% from 35,475 oz in Q4 11 and up 35% from 30,576 oz in Q1 11  Cash operating costs of $1,222/oz in Q1, up from $1,166/oz in Q4 11 but down from $1,370/oz in Q1 11 Sulfide gold sold: 34,338 oz @ CoC $1,188/oz Oxide gold sold: 6,904 oz @ CoC $1,390/oz  Mining flexibility exists - costs can be managed  Focused on improving plant reliability

6 Bogoso Oxide Plant Restarted in January  First gold pour in February 2012  Majority of Q1 mill feed was stockpiled material  Pampe ore delivery started in March Bench slip in Q1 increased stripping ratio, impacts mining sequence Continued reliance on stockpiled material in Q2

7 Wassa/HBB Production Summary  Q1 gold sales: 36,483 oz, up from 35,336 oz in Q411  CoC: $999/oz, down from $1,012/oz in Q411  Metallurgical recovery of 93.9%, down from 95.2% YOY  Preparation for wet weather crushing nearly complete  Ongoing drilling of high grade, wide width zone below the Wassa pits

8 Exploration Update  Exploration budget of approximately $10M in 2012  Wassa/HBB Delineating higher grade shoots beneath Wassa pits Targeting underground resources at Father Brown and Adoikrom  Bogoso/Prestea RAB drilling on Opon East deposit  Cote d’Ivoire Deep auger drilling, results pending  Brazil Regional soil and stream sediment sampling on Iriri JV with Votorantim Metals

9 Key Developments – Prestea Underground  Prestea Underground PEA completed Full feasibility study and Phase I underground mining restart later in 2012 Outlined potentially mineable resource of 1.84 million tonnes grading 7.8 g/t including mining recovery and dilution Develop a decline from surface to 30 level and raise-bored hoisting shaft 1,200 tpd mechanized mining utilizing AVOCA method

10 Key Developments - West Reef  Mining Concept: 97,000 lower cost ounces of gold per year at full operation Estimated capital cost of $115M Post tax NPV (5%) at $1,500 gold of $107M with 21% IRR 750m

11 Key Developments – Wassa Pits  Recent drilling between and below Wassa pits has identified significant intercepts  Further positive drilling results may suggest a “super pit” scenario  This, in turn, may drive expansion of the Wassa mill

12 242DD029 16.0m @ 6.6g/t BSDD082 18.0m @4.6g/t BSDD087 15.6m @ 3.0g/t SEDD026 43.5m @ 2.2g/t SERC192 5.4m @ 1.3g/t BSDD090 21.2m @ 15.8g/t incl. 1.5m @128g/t 20039N SEDD035 20.9m @ 1.9g/t SEDD033 22.1m @ 1.4g/t SEDD037 18.1m @ 3.2g/t BSDD091B 18m @ 4.6g/t SEDD039 36.3m @ 5.4g/t BSDD104 13m @ 6.9g/t BSDD103 4m @ 3.6g/t SEDD025 43.4m @ 1.7g/t SEDD043 22.5m @ 3.1g/t Wassa Pits Plan View 19875N SE BS 242MSN BSDD113 18.4m @ 32g/t incl. 0.7m @ 213g/t BSDD116 21m @ 4.1g/t

13 2012 Goals  Increase production, revenue, cash flow and net income  Re-evaluation of all mining plans and equipment needs  Complete construction and commission the Bogoso tailings retreatment project  Continue to advance the permits/development of Prestea South  Advance the re-development of Prestea Underground  Aggressive cost cutting initiatives throughout the company

14 2012 Guidance

15 Concluding Remarks  Q1 was a solid operating quarter  Operational improvements ongoing  On track for achieving 2012 guidance  Water treatment plant commissioning expected in Q2  Exciting projects in the pipeline Wassa pits expansion Prestea Underground Dumasi Prestea South

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