18 September 2012
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.
On Sunday the company confirmed that it was safe for employees to return to work and that remains the case. Anglo American Platinum’s Rustenburg smelting and other process operations are already operating at normal levels; however, many mining employees are still to return to work.
Given the current extraordinary circumstances, the company is making every effort to reassure employees that it is safe to return to work and is actively assisting and encouraging them to do so. In order to achieve full resumption of the operations at soon as possible, Anglo American Platinum is urging that all its employees return to work for their next shift and by no later than Wednesday, 19 September 2012 . Beyond this date, the company will have to initiate appropriate employee relations procedures for those employees who choose not to return to work.
Anglo American Platinum’s Rustenburg mining operations are already under considerable economic pressure and any further delays in returning to work will only increase the risk to the long term viability of these mines.
The safety and security of our employees is of paramount importance to Anglo American Platinum and we urge employees to continue using formal and recognised engagement structures in place to address any concerns.
We continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide further information as appropriate.
For further information, please contact:
Tel: +27 (0)14 591 1792
Notes to editors:
Anglo American Platinum Limited is a member of the Anglo American plc Group and is the world’s leading primary producer of platinum group metals. The company is listed on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange (JSE). Its mining, smelting and refining operations are based in South Africa. Elsewhere in the world, the Group owns Unki Platinum Mine in Zimbabwe and is actively exploring in Brazil. Anglo American Platinum has a number of joint ventures with several historically disadvantaged South African consortia as part of its commitment to the transformation of the mining industry. Anglo American Platinum is committed to the highest standards of safety and continues to make meaningful and sustainable difference in the development of the communities around its operations. www.angloamericanplatinum.com
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. www.angloamerican.com