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ANGLOGOLD HOLDINGS PLC: AngloGold Ashanti Suspends Mponeng Operations

ANGLOGOLD HOLDINGS PLC: AngloGold Ashanti Suspends Mponeng Operations
AngloGold Ashanti Limited
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa \ Reg. No. 1944/017354/06)
ISIN No. ZAE000043485 - JSE share code: ANG \ CUSIP: 035128206 -
NYSE share code: AU 
Website: www.anglogoldashanti.com 
News Release 
6 November 2012 
AngloGold Ashanti Suspends Mponeng Operations 
(Johannesburg) - Following a second sit-in by dayshift employees yesterday at
AngloGold Ashanti's Mponeng mine, management has again been forced to halt
mining and processing activity. The purported reason for these sit-ins relate
to the timing of the payment of a safety incentive, planned for tomorrow, 7
November. 
These sit-ins follow the unprotected strike, which started on 25 September and
did not end as hoped on 26 October when employees returned to work. Since then,
a strike, a series of underground sit-ins, acts of vandalism and threats of
violence have prevented the mine from operating normally. 
AngloGold Ashanti has been placed in a position where it cannot continue
allowing employees to proceed to work, given that the safety of employees and
underground assets cannot be assured. Striking employees at Mponeng will
receive no pay while this situation persists. 
Management intends to continue engagement with a wide range of employee
representatives and will seek assurances that there will not be a repeat of
recent events before reassessing the situation. AngloGold Ashanti will also
cooperate fully with authorities to ensure criminal acts are investigated and
internal disciplinary procedures followed where necessary. 
Meanwhile, work has continued as normal at AngloGold Ashanti's remaining South
African mines: Savuka and TauTona, in the West Wits region, and Great Noligwa,
Kopanang, Moab Khotsong, Mine Waste Solutions and the Surface Operations, all
in the Vaal River region. These operations continue the process of ramping up
to full production. 
About AngloGold Ashanti's South African Operations 
AngloGold Ashanti's South African operations accounted for approximately 32% of
total group production during the first half of the year. This figure is
inclusive of contractors and those working on two major capital projects under
way at the Moab Khotsong and Mponeng mines. Under normal operating conditions,
the Vaal River region typically accounts for about 40% of AngloGold Ashanti's
South African gold production and all of the group's uranium production. The
West Wits accounts for the balance. 
AngloGold Ashanti is a member of the gold industry's collective wage bargaining
unit at the Chamber of Mines and as such is committed to addressing demands
regarding pay and other substantive issues through this framework. At present,
the gold industry is in the second year of a two-year wage agreement with the
latest increases, ranging from 8% to 10%, awarded to the workforce in July
2012, under the agreement reached in 2011. A similar increase was awarded last
year. South Africa's annual Consumer Price Inflation was 5% in August 2012. In
addition, under the auspices of the Entry Level Task Team established by the
Chamber of Mines, major gold producers and the recognised unions and
associations during the 2011 wage talks, additional improvements to the current
pay structure were offered to workers on October 18. A summary of this latest
offer, agreed by the members of the Chamber of Mines, the National Union of
Mineworkers, Solidarity and the United Association of South Africa, is
contained in AngloGold Ashanti's press release dated Friday 28 October. 
SPONSOR: UBS South Africa (Pty) Limited 
ENDS 
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Contacts 
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Stewart Bailey        +1 646 338 4337              sbailey@anglogoldashanti.com  


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Investors                                                                        
                                                                                
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Sabrina Brockman (US  +1 (212) 858 7702            
sbrockman@anglogoldashanti.com
& Canada)             +1 646 379 2555                                            
      
                                                                             
Mike Bedford (UK &    +44 779 497 7881             
mbedford@anglogoldashanti.com 
Europe)               +44 1225 93 8483                                           
        
                                                                             
General inquiries     +27 11 637 6059              
investors@anglogoldashanti.com 
Certain statements made in this communication, other than statements of
historical fact, including, without limitation, those concerning the economic
outlook for the gold mining industry, expectations regarding gold prices,
production, cash costs and other operating results, growth prospects and
outlook of AngloGold Ashanti's operations, individually or in the aggregate,
including the achievement of project milestones, the completion and
commencement of commercial operations of certain of AngloGold Ashanti's
exploration and production projects and the completion of acquisitions and
dispositions, any plan regarding the restructuring of any of AngloGold
Ashanti's operations, AngloGold Ashanti's liquidity and capital resources and
capital expenditure and the outcome and consequence of any potential or pending
litigation or regulatory proceedings or environmental issues, are
forward-looking statements regarding AngloGold Ashanti's operations, economic
performance and financial condition. These forward-looking statements involve
known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause
AngloGold Ashanti's actual results, performance or achievements to differ
materially from the anticipated results, performance or achievements expressed
or implied in these forward-looking statements. Although AngloGold Ashanti
believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are
reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have
been correct. Accordingly, results could differ materially from those set out
in the forward-looking statements as a result of, among other factors, changes
in economic, social, political and market conditions, success of business and
operating initiatives, changes in the regulatory environment and other
government actions including environmental approvals and actions, fluctuations
in gold prices and exchange rates, and business and operational risk
management. For a discussion of certain of these and other factors, refer to
AngloGold Ashanti's annual report for the year ended 31 December 2011, which
was distributed to shareholders on 4 April 2012, the company's 2011 annual
report on Form 20-F, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange
Commission in the United States on 23 April 2012 and the prospectus supplement
to the company's prospectus dated July 17, 2012 that was filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission on July 25, 2012. These factors are not
necessarily all of the important factors that could cause AngloGold Ashanti's
actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking
statements. 
Other unknown or unpredictable factors could also have material adverse effects
on future results. Consequently, stakeholders are cautioned not to place undue
reliance on forward-looking statements. AngloGold Ashanti undertakes no
obligation to update publicly or release any revisions to these forward-looking
statements to reflect events or circumstances after today's date or to reflect
the occurrence of unanticipated events, except to the extent required by
applicable law. All subsequent written or oral forward-looking statements
attributable to AngloGold Ashanti or any person acting on its behalf are
qualified by the cautionary statements herein. 
This communication may contain certain "Non-GAAP" financial measures. AngloGold
Ashanti utilises certain Non-GAAP performance measures and ratios in managing
its business. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and
not as an alternative for, the reported operating results or cash flow from
operations or any other measures of performance prepared in accordance with
IFRS. In addition, the presentation of these measures may not be comparable to
similarly titled measures other companies may use. 
AngloGold Ashanti posts information that is important to investors on the main
page of its website at www.anglogoldashanti.com and under the "Investors" tab
on the main page. This information is updated regularly. Investors should visit
this website to obtain important information about AngloGold Ashanti. 
END 
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