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Illegal sit-in at Kusasalethu mine continues

Johannesburg, 12 January 2017: Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (“Harmony”) advises that, regrettably, attempts to persuade and encourage employees participating in the illegal sit-in to return to surface at the Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, have not yet been successful.

Eighteen employees have been evacuated to surface as a result of ill health. The most recent evacuee has symptoms of severe fatigue and dehydration, and is being treated by Harmony’s medical personnel.

Formal demands have been received, which include payment of a special bonus, the removal of the general manager and an assurance that disciplinary action would not be pursued. Management has continued to appeal to employees to return to surface in the interests of safety and health, and to engage on the issues of concern through established processes.

Harmony CEO, Peter Steenkamp, has appealed to AMCU to continue displaying responsible leadership and to work with management to resolve the situation swiftly and safely.

For more details contact:

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

Charmane Russell
Russell and Associates
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
+27(0) 82 372 5816 (mobile)


Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (Harmony), a world-class gold mining and exploration company, has operations and assets in South Africa and Papua New Guinea (PNG). Harmony, which has more than 60 years’ experience in the industry, is the third largest gold producer in South Africa. Our assets include one open pit mine and several exploration tenements in PNG, as well as 9 underground mines and 1 open pit operation and several surface sources in South Africa. In addition, we own 50% of the significant Golpu project in a joint venture in PNG.

The company’s primary stock exchange listing is on the JSE with a secondary listing on the New York Stock Exchange. The bulk of our shareholders are in South Africa and the United States. Additional information on the company is available on the corporate website, www.harmony.co.za.