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Harmony appoints Peter Steenkamp as chief executive officer

Johannesburg: Monday, 9 November 2015. Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (“Harmony” or the “Company”) announces the appointment of Peter Steenkamp as its chief executive officer (CEO), effective 1 January 2016.

Following the announcement of Graham Briggs’ retirement in July 2015, the Harmony board began a formal search for a new chief executive officer.

Harmony Chairman, Patrice Motsepe, said: “The board is very happy to welcome Peter back to Harmony. Peter worked for Harmony for four years and his last position at the Company was chief operating officer. He has more than thirty years’ experience in the mining industry and should lead Harmony to greater heights.”

Peter (55), holds a BSc degree in Engineering (Mining) and was most recently Senior Vice President: Mining of Sasol Mining Proprietary Limited. Prior to this he held executive positions at Harmony, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and Pamodzi Gold.

“Returning to the gold sector and to Harmony is like coming home. The Company has demonstrated its resilience during recent challenging times and has been positioned for profitability by the management team. I am committed to ensuring that Harmony creates value for all its stakeholders and is a globally competitive company," says Peter Steenkamp.

For more details contact:

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

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


Curriculum vitae

Peter William Steenkamp

B Eng (Mining); Mine Managers Certificate Metal Mines; Mine Managers Certificate Fiery Mines; CPIR; MDP; BLDP

Peter’s career in the mining industry spans some 30 years.

After graduating as a mining engineer from Pretoria University in 1985, he began his working career at AngloGold at their Vaal River Operations, swiftly moving through the ranks, from shift boss to mine manager.

Increasingly demanding and responsible positions followed in quick succession. These included business unit leader and director of operations at ARMgold (1998 to 2001); operations leader at Free Gold (2001 to 2013); business coach, operations executive, chief operating officer and executive corporate development at Harmony (2003 to 2007); CEO at Pamodzi Gold (2007 to 2009); executive operations: ARM Coal (2009 to 2011); and executive operations ARM Platinum 2011 to 2013).

Peter’s most recent position was as senior vice president at Sasol Mining, where key among his responsibilities was to ensure that Sasol Mining remained a reliable and sustainable resource supplier to the Sasol Group of Companies and included the development and execution of a long-term strategy for the company. Peter was also a director of Sasol Mining (Pty) Ltd, Sasol Mining Holdings (Pty) Ltd, Ixia Coal (Pty) Ltd, Ixia Coal Funding (Pty) Ltd and the Sasol Rehabilitation Trust.

Known for his positive attitude and ability to function under pressure, Peter also has exceptional communication, negotiation and problem-solving skills coupled with innovative thinking. He is a team player of note with a participative managerial style aimed at achieving optimal business results.

He is a member and past president of the Association of Mine Managers, and a member of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the South African Colliery Managers’ Association.

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