19 September 2012
Anglo American update re. Anglo American Platinum
Anglo American plc draws attention to an announcement issued by Anglo American Platinum
Limited, the text of which is set out below:
Anglo American Platinum Update
Anglo American Platinum Limited (“Anglo American Platinum”) confirms that all of its Rustenburg operations have resumed, effective from today’s morning shift on Tuesday, 18 September 2012.
The increase in police visibility and action has created an environment conducive for our
employees to return to work and isolated incidents of intimidation and violence are being dealt
with. The safety and security of our employees is of paramount importance to Anglo American
Platinum and we continue to urge employees to continue using formal and recognised
engagement structures in place to address any concerns.
Anglo American Platinum urged its employees to return to work by no later than today. Given
the authorities’ assessment that it is safe to go to work, the company is now left with no
alternative but to declare those who have not returned to work to be participating in illegal
industrial action in violation of a court order dated 12 September 2012, which declared the
current actions to be illegal.
In order to achieve full resumption of all the mining operations as soon as possible, Anglo
American Platinum has communicated to its employees the requirement to return to work by
the night shift on Thursday 20 September, failing which legal avenues will be pursued. Anglo
American Platinum’s Rustenburg mining operations are already under considerable economic
pressure, any further delays in returning to work will only increase the risk to the long-term
viability of these mines.
We continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide further information as appropriate.
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|| Caroline Crampton
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Notes to editors:
Anglo American is one of the world’s largest mining companies, is headquartered in the UK and
listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges. Anglo American’s portfolio of mining
businesses spans bulk commodities – iron ore and manganese, metallurgical coal and thermal
coal; base metals – copper and nickel; and precious metals and minerals – in which it is a
global leader in both platinum and diamonds. Anglo American is committed to the highest standards of safety and responsibility across all its businesses and geographies and to making
a sustainable difference in the development of the communities around its operations. The
company’s mining operations, extensive pipeline of growth projects and exploration activities
span southern Africa, South America, Australia, North America, Asia and Europe.