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HAR - Harmony - Harmony is granted the conversion of old order mining rights

Release Date: 10/12/2007 09:00:04      Code(s): HAR
HAR - Harmony - Harmony is granted the conversion of old order mining rights    
into new order mining rights for all of its South African mining operations     
Harmony Gold Mining Company Ltd                                                 
Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa                                    
Registration number: 1950/038232/06                                             
JSE share code: HAR                                                             
ISIN: ZAE000015228                                                              
Johannesburg.  Monday 10 December 2007.  Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited    
(Harmony) announced today that the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) has  
approved and granted the conversion of its old order mining rights into new     
order mining rights in terms of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources            
Development Act (MPRDA), Act 28 of 2002.                                        
Harmony has been granted 13 new order mining rights, in terms of the MPRDA,     
which cover all our South African gold mining operations: Evander Operation;    
Doornkop Operation; Randfontein Operations; Kalgold Operation; Orkney           
(ARMgold) Operations; Tshepong Operation; Target Operation; Bambanani           
Operation; Free State Operations; St Helena Operations; and Joel Operation.     
The consultation process between Harmony, the DME and the municipalities        
resulted in enhanced local economic development (LED) commitments from          
Harmony`s various operations for the mining communities. The LED programmes     
focus on poverty alleviation; job creation, infrastructure and community        
development, which include low cost housing development; utilisation of vacant  
mining land for LED; job creation through environmental rehabilitation          
projects and mining of mining dumps and slimes dams.                            
Community skills development includes education infrastructure development;     
education promotion through programmes such as internship and mining community  
bursary schemes; SMME development; agricultural enterprise development;         
supplier development; health infrastructure development which will cover        
mainly primary health care facilities.                                          
LED programmes that will benefit labour sending communities have also been      
identified through consultations with the relevant communities and the DME.     
Acting Chief Executive Graham Briggs welcomed the DME`s decision, and says,     
"The granting of Harmony`s mining rights for our South African mining           
operations will create stability and long term sustainability of our            
He continues, "The granted mining rights and the commitments therein will also  
ensure that significant development will be made at the mining communities      
where our operations are located, and the labour sending communities from       
where many of our employees are recruited. The local economic development       
projects and programmes identified in our social and labour plans will go a     
long way to contribute to creating a better life for all concerned."            
The signing and execution of converted mining rights started in the Free State  
on 30 November 2007. The first mining right to be granted to Harmony covers     
the Target Operation. The DME and Harmony plans to execute all the converted    
Free State mining rights by 21 December 2007. Harmony has been granted seven    
mining rights in the Free State.                                                
Harmony has also commenced with the process of signing and executing all the    
other granted mining rights at the other DME regions where our operations are   
located including North West, Gauteng and Mpumalanga, which we anticipate will  
be concluded by the end of January 2008.                                        
The granting of the new order Harmony mining rights is the culmination of the   
journey that Harmony and the DME have travelled to ensure compliance with       
various aspects of the MPRDA which include the development of employees; mine   
community and rural development; improving housing, living conditions and       
nutrition for employees; preferential procurement and enterprise development;   
management of downscaling and retrenchment and promoting BBBEE or HDSA          
ownership. The focus now shifts to implementation of the commitments,           
undertakings made and continuous compliance with the MPRDA. We believe that     
the DME will continue to work closely with Harmony, as it does with other       
stakeholders in the mining and labour sending communities, in our quest to      
create value and contribute to a vibrant, profitable, safe, and environment-    
friendly mining industry in South Africa.                                       
Issued by Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited                                   
10 December 2007                                                                
For more details contact:                                                       
Graham Briggs                                                                   
Acting Chief Executive                                                          
on +27(0)11 411 2012                                                            
Amelia Soares                                                                   
General Manager, Investor Relations                                             
on +27 11 411 2314 or                                                           
+27 (0)82 654 9241                                                              
Merrill Lynch South Africa                                                      
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