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Kusasalethu update_389 employees brought safely to surface

Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited advises that 389 of the 486 employees working underground at the company’s Kusasalethu gold mine near Carletonville when a fire broke out this morning (Sunday, 22 February 2015) have been brought safely to surface.

Specially trained rescue teams continue their efforts to rescue the remaining employees.

The fire has now been contained. It is believed to have started during maintenance work on a bulk air cooler on 75 level, some 2 300 metres below surface, at around 09:40.

All operations at the mine, other than those related to the rescue have been suspended.

Further information will be released as this becomes available.

For more details contact:

Charmane Russell
+27 (0) 82 372 5816 (mobile)

Memory Johnstone
+27 (0) 82 719 3081 (mobile)

Pam McLeod
+27 (0) 82 872 6387 (mobile)

James Duncan
+27 (0) 79 336 4010 (mobile)

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