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HAR - Harmony Gold Mining Company Ltd - Press release

Release Date: 06/01/2011 08:54:01      Code(s): HAR
HAR - Harmony Gold Mining Company Ltd - Press release                           
Harmony Gold Mining Company Ltd                                                 
Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa                                    
Registration number: 1950/038232/06                                             
Share code: HAR                                                                 
ISIN: ZAE000015228                                                              
PRESS RELEASE                                                                   
HIDDEN VALLEY MINE DENIES NUISANCE CLAIM OVER MINE SEDIMENT                     
Johannesburg, Thursday 6 January 2011. Please find attached a statement from    
the Hidden Valley Joint Venture regarding the purported service of a writ upon  
the Hidden Valley Joint Venturers.                                              
Hidden Valley mine is in the Morobe province of Papua New Guinea. It is a       
50:50 Joint Venture between Papua New Guinea subsidiaries of Harmony Gold       
Mining Company Limited and Newcrest Mining Limited of Australia.                
Hidden Valley Joint Venture denies nuisance claim brought by the Member for     
Bulolo                                                                          
The Hidden Valley Joint Venture denies allegations made against it in a writ    
purportedly served upon the PNG Joint Venture companies late yesterday by the   
legal advisor acting for the Member of Parliament for Bulolo and a number of    
customary landowners living along the Watut River.                              
The Joint Venturers will vigorously defend the litigation should it proceed.    
The writ alleges nuisance relating to mine-related sediment and seeks damages   
and injunctive relief in relation to the Hidden Valley Mine operations.         
The issue and purported service of the writ is contrary to the agreement        
reached between the Member and the Joint Venture (jointly publicly announced    
on 6 December) to establish an expert technical advisory panel as a vehicle     
for constructive resolution of sediment related issues in a transparent and     
cooperative forum.                                                              
The pending legal action now prejudices the ability of the Member and his       
legal advisor to participate in this process.                                   
The issue and purported service of the writ by the Member`s legal advisor       
appears to be prompted by voluntary compensation payments being made by the     
Joint Venture to communities along the Watut River.  The payments were for      
flood damage to crops and gardens, to which mine related sediment may have      
contributed, along with natural events including land slips and major rain      
events.                                                                         
These payments have been underway since November and are now almost complete.   
The vast majority of eligible people have now received their payment.  The      
Member has been fully aware of the status of the payments throughout the        
payment period.                                                                 
Additionally, in mid December the Joint Venture formally confirmed with the     
Member and his legal advisor, that by accepting these compensation payments     
landowners do not in any way infringe on their future rights to claim further   
compensation.                                                                   
Importantly, at Hidden Valley Mine all tailings from the processing of ore are  
stored permanently in an engineered Tailings Storage Facility.  No tailings     
are discharged from our site.                                                   
Hidden Valley Mine has a demonstrated track record of working with              
communities.  A range of effective environmental and community programs are in  
place and ongoing.  The Hidden Valley mine has a 2000-strong workforce, most    
of whom are local people.                                                       
The Joint Venture remains committed to addressing issues with affected          
communities in a constructive and expeditious manner.                           
Media inquiries:                                                                
David Wissink                                                                   
General Manager Sustainability & External Relations                             
Tel. +675 7100 2406                                                             
Email. david.wissink@morobejv.com                                               
Issued by Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited                                   
For more details contact:                                                       
Henrika Basterfield                                                             
Investor Relations Officer                                                      
+27 (0)82 759 1775 (cell)                                                       
+27 11 411 2314 (office)                                                        
Corporate Office:                                                               
Randfontein Office Park                                                         
P O Box 2                                                                       
Randfontein                                                                     
South Africa 1760                                                               
T +27 11 411 2000                                                               
www.harmony.co.za                                                               
6 January 2011                                                                  
Sponsor:                                                                        
J.P. Morgan Equities Limited                                                    
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