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HARMONY GOLD MINING COMPANY LIMITED - Doornkop resumes operations, according to slow, detailed start-up plan?

Release Date: 04/03/2014 08:00:00      Code(s): HAR       PDF(s):  
Doornkop resumes operations, according to “slow, detailed start-up plan”

Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited
Registration number 1950/038232/06
Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa
ISIN: ZAE000015228
JSE share code: HAR
(“Harmony” or “the company”)


Doornkop resumes operations, according to “slow, detailed start-up plan”

Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (“Harmony” and/or “the Company”) has
announced that its Doornkop mine (“Doornkop”) resumed operations from the
start of the day shift yesterday.

Operations at Doornkop were stopped by the company on Tuesday, 4 February
2014 – and subsequently in terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act (MHSA)
Section 54 notices were issued by the Department of Minerals and Energy
(DMR) – following a seismic event, rockfall and underground fire.

Nine mineworkers died in the accident and eight others were rescued.

The resumption of operations yesterday – and slowly over the next several
days, according to a detailed start-up plan – follows the lifting by the
DMR on Friday last week (28 February 2014) of the Section 54 notices.

An extensive investigation into the events of 4 February, in terms of the
provisions of the MHSA and under the direction of the DMR, has begun at
the mine and is expected to continue for at least the next four weeks.

Meanwhile, an external safety audit team has been appointed voluntarily
by Harmony to assess and report on safety at all of the company’s South
African operations.

Harmony’s chief executive officer Graham Briggs said: “We will learn more
from both processes – the official investigation and our voluntary audit
–minimising risk and operate safe mines.”

For more details contact:

Henrika Ninham
Investor Relations Manager
+27 (0) 82 759 1775 (mobile)

Marian van der Walt
Executive: Corporate and Investor Relations
+27 (0) 82 888 1242 (mobile)


4 March 2014

Sponsor:
J.P. Morgan Equities South Africa Proprietary Limited

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