ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LIMITED: Update on West Wits Power Outage

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 
18 March 2013 
Update on West Wits Power Outage 
(ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI) - AngloGold Ashanti's two main operational sites in the
West Wits region in South Africa - Mponeng and Tau Tona - had all main power
interrupted between Wednesday, March 13 and Friday, March 15, after a fire
caused by lightning damaged a transformer at a main regional substation
belonging to power utility Eskom. While emergency procedures allowed safe and
prompt evacuation of all underground work areas, continued disruption of power
to the mines due to the unplanned interruption of the main Eskom electricity
supply halted all but essential water pumping services on those two operations.
There was not sufficient power to run ventilation and cooling plants, hoisting
infrastructure or metallurgical plants and other associated production
activities. 
Eskom has partially restored power until the transformer is repaired. Tau Tona
resumed underground mining activities on Friday March 15. Mponeng resumed most
of its operations today, apart from certain project and hoisting activities in
order to enable us to operate within current electricity supply constraints.
Eskom has advised that the work to repair the damage is receiving urgent
attention to restore permanent supply at the regional substation. 
While all efforts will be made to recover output once power is fully restored,
production for the first quarter will be affected. The total adverse impact
from this incident on first quarter 2013 gold production is likely to be in the
region of 20,000 ounces, with consequential impact on unit costs. Details of
the lost output will be made available after the quarter-end. 
The company's Vaal River operations have not been affected. 
About AngloGold Ashanti 
AngloGold Ashanti is a global gold mining company and the world's third largest
gold producer. Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, AngloGold Ashanti
has 20 operations on four continents and one of the gold industry's most
successful exploration teams which work across both the established and new
gold producing regions of the world. This includes land positions in Colombia,
Guinea and Australia, among others. AngloGold Ashanti produced 3.944Moz of gold
in 2012, generating $6.35bn in gold income. As at 31 December 2012, AngloGold
Ashanti's Ore Reserve totalled 74.1Moz. 
The primary listing of the company's ordinary shares is on the JSE Limited
(JSE). Its ordinary shares are also listed on stock exchanges in London and
Ghana, as well as being quoted in New York in the form of American Depositary
Shares (ADSs), in Australia, in the form of CHESS Depositary Interests (CDIs)
and in Ghana, in the form of Ghanaian Depositary Shares (GhDSs). 
SPONSOR: UBS South Africa (Pty) Limited 
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outlook for the gold mining industry, expectations regarding gold prices,
production, cash costs and other operating results, return on shareholders'
equity, productivity improvements, growth prospects and outlook of AngloGold
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achievement of project milestones, the completion and commencement of
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believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements and
forecasts are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will
prove to have been correct. Accordingly, results could differ materially from
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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, 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 17 July 2012 that was filed with the Securities and
Exchange Commission on 25 July 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
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