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HARMONY GOLD MINING COMPANY LIMITED - Harmony adopts COVID-19 prevention measures across all operations

Release Date: 18/03/2020 17:04:00      Code(s): HAR       PDF(s):  
Harmony adopts COVID-19 prevention measures across all operations

    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”)

    Harmony adopts COVID-19 prevention measures across all operations


    Johannesburg, Wednesday, 18 March 2020. Harmony Gold Mining Company
    Limited (“Harmony” and/or “the Company”), South Africa’s largest gold
    producer by volume, has immediately rolled out risk management
    strategies including the implementation of strict COVID-19 prevention
    measures across all of its operations.

    While the company’s operations have not been impacted to date, we are
    mindful that we all have a role to play in arresting the spread of
    the global pandemic. Heeding the calls by the South African President,
    Cyril Ramaphosa, who declared COVID-19 a national disaster, and the
    Papua New Guinean government’s release of a National Security plan
    of action in response to Covid-19, we have rapidly implemented
    measures to protect the health and wellbeing of our employees.

    Our health protocols are aligned with best practice and guided by
    materials issued by the World Health Organisation, the National
    Institute of Communicable Diseases, the South African Department of
    Health and the Minerals Council South Africa. We are also
    collaborating   with    other   mining   companies   on   potential
    regionalisation and synergies, such as the potential pooling of
    facilities for quarantine. Our plans will be updated regularly and
    adapted to changes in the status of the pandemic and as this
    unprecedented situation evolves.

    Precautionary measures effective immediately include:
-   Identification of high-risk employees (including those who have not
    tested and don’t know their TB and HIV status, those on anti-
    retroviral medicine, adults older than 65 and employees with pre-
    exiting medical conditions)
-   Stressing the identification of symptoms and the urgency of self-
    isolation if displaying symptoms
-   Prevention measures include:
       - the compulsory use of preventative personal protection equipment
         (“PPE”) in the workplace, increased hand washing and social
         distancing (minimizing personal contact, refraining from all
         unnecessary travel and staying away from social gatherings where
         there will be more than 100 people)
  -     the compulsory use of face masks, specifically when entering at
        the entrance and crush turnstiles, in the lamp rooms, in shaft
        conveyance, underground stations and waiting areas at the shafts
  -     waiting areas sprayed down with disinfectants and the sanitation
        of all hard surfaces such as handrails, turnstiles and door
        handles several times a day
  -     placement of hand sanitisers and additional hand washing
        stations at the surface areas of the mines, specifically at taxi
        gathering areas and in company transportation
  -     group meetings will be avoided and where possible, meetings will
        be conducted virtually in the form of teleconferences,
        videoconferences or skype
  -     the suspension of sports activities

Employees have also been encouraged to:
   - Cancel all unnecessary travel, specifically to high-risk
     countries
   - To contact a health practitioner or medical hub telephonically
     if they have come into contact with an infected person or if
     they have personally visited a high incidence region
   - Declare to their respective human resources managers or doctors
     on the mine if they have traveled outside of the country in the
     last six weeks, or have been in contact with anyone who has
     traveled
   - Follow the company’s communicated strict protocol of testing and
     quarantine if suspecting or experiencing some of the COVID-19
     symptoms
   - Avoid inviting external or third-party visitors and when these
     are   required, visitors will be required to complete a health
     and travel declaration and to commit to healthy hygiene habits

In addition, Harmony will provide free flu vaccines, and where
possible vitamin supplements, to all employees.

“The health and well-being of all our employees remains a top priority
for us,” said Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp. “We are monitoring the
situation closely and are guided by global and local information
sources. COVID-19 can be managed and I strongly encourage employees
and their families not to panic. Our preventive controls are designed
to protect them and their families,” he said.


Ends.
FOR MORE DETAILS,
Visit: www.harmony.co.za

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

Max Manoeli
Manager: Investor Relations
+27 (0) 82 759 1775

Date: 18-03-2020 05:04:00
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