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NUM MEMBERS STRIKE AT HARMONY'S KALGOLD OPERATIONS

Release Date: 08/05/2002 15:22:28      Code(s): HAR
Harmony Gold Mining Co. Ltd.
NEWS RELEASE
ISIN No.: ZAE000015228
JSE: HAR
NASDAQ: HGMCY
NUM MEMBERS STRIKE AT HARMONY'S KALGOLD OPERATIONS
Johannesburg, 8 May 2002 - Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited today
announced that 170 employees who are members of the National Union of
Mineworkers (NUM) embarked on an illegal unprotected strike earlier this
morning. During a march at the operations, a memorandum was handed to mine
management.
The striking employees have been locked out of the premises and the company
is in the process of applying for an interdict to ensure that the
requirements of the Labour Relations Act are adhered to. Until such time the
striking workers will not be allowed to return to their place of work.
Harmony is currently in dispute with the NUM on annual wage increases. The
gap between the 5,5% offered and the requested 12% by the Union is more
significant as cash  components demanded would see the cost of labour at
these operations increase by approximately 50%.
Employees at the company's Kalgold operations are not covered by the bi-
annual Chamber of Mines wage negotiations.
Commenting on the strike Bernard Swanepoel, chief executive said: "Mine
management is currently in consultation with representatives of the Kalgold
NUM branch. Negotiations are always the best solutions to disputes but
should the strike continue, the impact on Kalgold's production will be
minimal as mining operations are continuing."
Ends
For further details contact:
Bernard Swanepoel
on +27(0)83 303 9922
or
Ferdi Dippenaar
on +27(0)82 807 3684
Issued by Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited
Contact:
Corne Bobbert
Tel +27 11 411 2036
Fax +27 11 411 2169 Mobile +27(0)83 380 6614
E-mail: cbobbert@harmony.co.za
Web site:
www.harmony.co.za



                                        
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