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HARMONY TO HOST SA'S FIRST SCHOOL FOR JEWELLERS

Release Date: 04/02/1998 14:13:37      Code(s): HAR HARO
VIRGINIA, 4 FEBRUARY 1998 - SOUTH AFRICA'S FIRST TRAINING FACILITY FOR
JEWELLERY DESIGNERS AND MANUFACTURERS IS TO BE ESTABLISHED LATER THIS YEAR AT
HARMONY'S FREE STATE GOLD MINING OPERATION.
THE NEW SCHOOL - TO BE KNOWN AS THE SA JEWELLERY ACADEMY - IS A JOINT
INITIATIVE BETWEEN HARMONY, MINTEK, THE NATIONAL UNION OF MINEWORKERS, THE FREE
STATE GOLDFIELDS DEVELOPMENT CENTRE, THE FREE STATE GOVERNMENT AND A FIRM OF
ITALIAN CONSULTANTS. IT WILL ACCOMMODATE 40 STUDENTS IN ITS FIRST YEAR, RISING
TO 140 WITHIN FIVE YEARS, AND WILL BE MANAGED BY A WORLD-CLASS STAFF CURRENTLY
BEING RECRUITED. THE SCHOOL, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BE OPERATIONAL BY THE THIRD
QUARTER OF THIS YEAR, WILL AWARD INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED DIPLOMAS FOR
GOLDSMITHS, MASTER GOLDSMITHS AND DESIGNERS. IT WILL BE HOUSED WITHIN HARMONY'S
EXISTING TRAINING COMPLEX AND IS EXPECTED TO BECOME SELF-FINANCING THROUGH THE
SALE OF ITS STUDENTS' PRODUCTS AS WELL AS ITS STAFF'S TECHNICAL EXPERTISE.
THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE JEWELLERY ACADEMY FOLLOWS THE RECENT COMMISSIONING OF
HARMONY'S GOLD REFINERY AT VIRGINIA, WHICH WILL SUPPLY THE SCHOOL'S GOLD
REQUIREMENTS. A FEASIBILITY STUDY INTO THE DEVELOPMENT OF A MAJOR JEWELLERY
MANUFACTURING FACILITY IN THE AREA IS ALSO UNDER WAY.
"WHILE SOUTH AFRICA IS STILL THE WORLD'S MAJOR GOLD PRODUCER, LOCAL GOLD
JEWELLERY PRODUCTION ACCOUNTS FOR LESS THAN 0.2% OF THE GLOBAL TOTAL. THE
ACADEMY IS A FIRST STEP TOWARDS CORRECTING THIS IMBALANCE," SAID HARMONY
MANAGING DIRECTOR BERNARD SWANEPOEL.
"IT WILL EQUIP TALENTED STUDENTS WITH THE TECHNICAL EXPERTISE TO ENTER THE
FIELD OF JEWELLERY DESIGN AND PRODUCTION, BUT THE CURRICULUM HAS ALSO BEEN
DESIGNED TO DEVELOP THEIR COMMERCIAL ABILITIES AND THUS TO SUPPORT THE CREATION
OF SMALL BUSINESSES IN THIS FIELD. IN DUE COURSE, IT WILL ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE PRODUCTION AND INTERNATIONAL SALE OF JEWELLERY
WITH 100% SOUTH AFRICAN ADDED VALUE."
ENDS
ISSUED BY DU PLESSIS ASSOCIATES +27(11) 728-9701 ON BEHALF OF HARMONY GOLD
MINING COMPANY LIMITED. DPA CONTACT: KATHY DU PLESSIS PH: +27(11) 728-4701;
FAX: +27(11) 723-2547; EMAIL: GOLD@DPA.CO. ZA.



                                        
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