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Kusasalethu mine update: Minister Ramatlhodi meets with management, unions

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”)


Kusasalethu mine update: Minister Ramatlhodi meets with management,
unions


Johannesburg: Monday, 23 February 2015: Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi,
Minister of Mineral Resources, met with management and unions at
Kusasalethu mine today. The Minister was briefed on the fire that was
reported at 09:40 yesterday morning, and on the safe evacuation of 486
employees.


Speaking at the briefing, the Minister said: “I came here to satisfy
myself as to the real situation on the ground. We are very grateful
that all of those who went underground have been accounted for. I want
to commend the rescue teams, in particular. I have met with them this
morning, and I was moved to see them risk their lives to save lives.
They make us proud.”


“I want to thank management for co-ordinating the rescue efforts, in
close collaboration with the unions, and for the measures they have in
place at the mine, and the unions for their efforts. But most of all, I
want to commend the employees, for doing what they were trained to do.”


The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) will lead the investigation,
together with management, unions and employees, into the cause of the
fire. Findings of this investigation will be communicated in due
course.


Alwyn Pretorius, Harmony’s chief operating officer, added: “We will
participate fully in the investigation into the events that led to the
fire. Whatever answers are arrived at, from both the official DMR
investigation and our own internal enquiry, will be used to inform
measures to be taken to prevent a recurrence.”


“We are, of course, gratified that the systems we had in place –
starting with the refuge bays and the incredibly courageous and well-
trained Mine Rescue team members – worked so effectively. To the rescue
teams, Harmony management offers its gratitude and admiration.”


Harmony acknowledges all involved – employees, the unions, mine
management and members of the DMR safety inspectorate – who worked so
hard yesterday to ensure the positive outcome to a potentially
dangerous situation.



For more details contact:

Charmane Russell

082 372 5816


23 February 2015

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

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