Anglo American PLC AAL Anglo American update re. Kumba

  Anglo American PLC (AAL) - Anglo American update re. Kumba

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Anglo American PLC
16 October 2012




                                       
16 October 2012
Anglo American update re. Kumba Iron Ore



Anglo American plc draws attention to an announcement issued by Kumba Iron
Ore, the text of which is set out below:










Kumba Iron Ore Update




Kumba Iron  Ore  (Kumba)  announces  that  the  illegal  occupation  of  the 
Company's Sishen Mine has been brought to  an end by the police who  removed 
the strikers in the early hours  of the morning (Tuesday, 16 October  2012). 
The Company has regained possession of all the heavy mining equipment  which 
was held by the illegal strikers who occupied the mine since 3 October 2012.
Any damage to equipment is being assessed and the Company has plans in place
to restore the mine to full production as soon as possible.



The majority of the illegal strikers ignored an ultimatum to leave the  mine 
and report for disciplinary hearings by 11:00 on Monday, 15 October 2012  to 
explain why they should  not be dismissed. As  a result, those persons  have 
been  dismissed.  Criminal  charges   of  extortion,  intimidation,   theft, 
trespassing, malicious damage to  property and contempt  of court have  been 
laid.



On Monday, 15 October 2012, the Company  served a Labour Court order on  the 
illegal strikers, instructing  them to immediately  leave the mine,  release 
the equipment they hold, and not come within 500m of the Company's premises.
The Court also  instructed the SAPS  to remove the  illegal strikers  should 
they not obey the order.



Norman Mbazima,  Kumba's  Chief  Executive,  said that  the  ending  of  the 
occupation means that  the Company can  get back to  the business of  mining 
iron ore as soon as possible. He thanked the vast majority of employees  who 
did not support the strike, and calls for calm. He also thanked the SAPS for
bringing the occupation to an end  in a professional manner. Employees  will 
be informed today when they need to report for duty.



The Company will provide further updates as appropriate.


                                                                            



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