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Johannesburg, South Africa — 10 October 2012 – AngloGold Ashanti Limited, Gold Fields Limited and Harmony Gold Mining Company “’ in talks with South African unions “’ have proposed changes to mining workers’ entry levels and other job categories

Bloomberg News reports that the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, which negotiates on behalf of South Africa’s three biggest gold producers, also endorsed a call by the Congress of South African Trade Unions for a commission of inquiry into living and working conditions in the country’s mining industry.

 It said in a statement distributed by AngloGold that the talks with the National Union of Mineworkers, Solidarity, and the United Association of South Africa labour groups took place after a spate of strikes at platinum mines in the country had spread to gold, iron-ore and chrome mines elsewhere in the country.

The Chamber accepted that certain anomalies needed to be addressed in the miners’ working arrangements. The unions indicated that they would present the proposals, which include a new allowance for rock drill operators, to members today.

Gold for immediate delivery slipped 0.1 to US$1,763.23/oz at 1:39 p.m. in Singapore.

“What we need to say upfront is that we are not renegotiating wages,” chamber chief negotiator, Elize Strydom said in an interview on Johannesburg-based SAfm radio today. “We are putting proposals on the table after a year’s work on this issue.”

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