Government Rejects Environmental Appeals to Halt Tronox Fairbreeze Mine

   Government Rejects Environmental Appeals to Halt Tronox Fairbreeze Mine

South African Mine Development Gains Momentum as Construction Continues

PR Newswire

EMPANGENI, South Africa, June 13, 2013

EMPANGENI, South Africa, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Tronox Limited (NYSE:
TROX) today announced that it has been notified by the KwaZulu-Natal
Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs, or KZN DAEA, of the
dismissal of several appeals against the Environmental Authorisation (EA) for
the company's Fairbreeze mine in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

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Tronox was granted the EA in July 2012. The important positive appeal decision
by the KZN DAEA confirms that Tronox may continue to undertake construction
activities, subject to conditions on its mining area.

Tronox is pleased with this outcome as it brings it one step closer to
successfully obtaining all required authorisations to build and operate
Fairbreeze. The department's decision confirms that the mining project is
firmly grounded on the sustainability principles of the South African
environmental legislation. Tronox continues to stress the importance of an
open and constructive dialogue among all stakeholders so that a mutually
beneficial long-term relationship can be established. Previously, Tronox
successfully countered other appeals and recently successfully defended its
early construction works against an interdict application brought by the
Mtunzini Conservancy in the Durban High Court. The company remains hopeful
that all parties will now realise that there is no benefit in further opposing
its Fairbreeze project and instead recognize the benefits of cooperative
engagement.

When operational, the Fairbreeze mine will preserve more than 1,000 permanent
and contractor positions and create an additional 1,000 indirect jobs during
the construction phase of the project. Approximately ZAR530 million will be
spent annually on services and products, with more than half spent with black
economic empowerment (BEE) companies.

Currently, the early-phase construction activities are proceeding according to
plan. Once in operation the Fairbreeze mine is expected to yield 190,000
metric tons of titanium dioxide ore and 60,000 metric tons of zircon over a
12-year period.

Tronox is committed to environmental stewardship and sustainability in all
aspects of its business operations. The company has included environmental
sustainability considerations in its plan for Fairbreeze and has begun the
rehabilitation of its Hillendale mine, which Fairbreeze is designed to
replace.

About Tronox

Tronox is a global leader in the production and marketing of titanium bearing
mineral sands and titanium dioxide pigment. Through the integration of its
pigment and mineral sands business, the company provides its customers a
dependable supply of brightening solutions for a variety of end uses. For more
information, visit http://www.tronox.com.

South Africa Contact:
Natalie Keegan
Tel: +27 35 902 7840
Email: natalie.keegan@za.tronox.com

Media Contact: Bud Grebey
Direct: +1.203.705.3721
Email: bud.grebey@tronox.com

Investor Contact: Brennen Arndt
Direct: +1.203.705.3722

SOURCE Tronox Limited

Website: http://www.tronox.com
 
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