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SEP 2018

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NEWS - CONTINUED 30 E&MJ • SEPTEMBER 2018 NEWS - CALENDAR OF EVENTS OCTOBER 18-20, 2018: China Mining 2018, Tianjin Meijiang Con- vention Center, Tianjin, Peoples Republic of China. Contact: Web: DECEMBER 3-7, 2018: American Exploration & Mining Association annual meeting, Spokane, Washington, USA. Contact: Web: DECEMBER 4-5, 2018: 1 st International Conference on High Perform- ance Mining, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany. Contact: Web: JANUARY 27-30, 2019: 45 th Annual Conference on Explosives and Blast- ing Techniques, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Contact: Web: FEBRUARY 24-27, 2019: SME Annual Conference & Expo, Denver, Colorado, USA. Contact: Web: MARCH 3-6, 2019: Prospectors & Developers Association of Cana- da's annual conference, Metro Convention Center, Toronto, Canada. Contact: Web: MARCH 10-13, 2019: Haulage & Loading, Hilton El Conquistador Resort, Tucson, Arizona, USA. Contact: Web: APRIL 2-4, 2019: MiningWorld Russia, Crocus Expo, Moscow, Russia. Contact: Web: APRIL 8-14, 2019: bauma, Messe Muenchen, Munich, Germany. Contact: Web: APRIL 28-MAY 1, 2019: Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM 2019), Montreal, Canada. Contact: Web: MAY 7-9, 2019: Arminera, Centro Costa Salguero, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Contact: Web: MAY 20-22, 2019: Longwall USA, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Contact: Web: MAY 27-30, 2019: Exponor Chile 2018, Antofagasta, Chile. Contact: Web: (Regional News-Africa - from p. 22) "While employee rationalization is inevitable in a restructuring process of this nature, due care will be taken to en- sure that job losses are minimized as far as possible through a range of job-loss avoidance measures … "Our board and management team is committed to ensuring that this transition is implemented in a socially responsible man- ner and will explore commercial options to dispose of shafts that do not fit the long- term portfolio. Where job losses are un- avoidable, Impala Rustenburg is committed to implementing the required changes in consultation with all of its social partners." Kibali Aims for Record Quarter as Underground Ramp-up Continues Gold production at the Kibali mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo is rising steadily on the back of the optimization of its automated underground operation, and it is on track to beat its guidance of 730,000 oz for this year, Randgold Re- sources CEO Mark Bristow said. The record results expected for the second quarter were achieved without a single lost-time injury. Speaking at a media visit to the mine, Bristow said that, following the example of Randgold's Loulo underground mines, Kibali had successfully transitioned from contract mining to owner mining earlier this month. As at Loulo, the move is expected to deliver significant cost and efficiency bene- fits, while accelerating the transfer of skills to the mine's Congolese workforce. "Kibali hosts one of the world's larg- est underground gold mines and the aim of owner mining is to give us complete control over the day-to-day operations, with everyone focused on the same goal and compliance with the mining plan," Bristow said. "We're confident that we'll achieve the same results here as we did at Loulo, but we've tweaked that model a little to take into account the lessons we learned there as well as Kibali's specif- ic circumstances. We've also brought in personnel who were involved in the Loulo transition to support Kibali's Congolese workforce with the transition." Another advantage of owner mining is that it has allowed us to introduce 'Africa First' technology at Kibali, notably in the automation of the underground materials handling system, Bristow explained. "We continue to look at other technologies which could assist us in the optimal de- velopment of this great asset," he said. A further major milestone is being passed with the current commissioning of Azambi, Kibali's third and last hydropower station and its only remaining significant capital project. Azambi is expected to start delivering power within the next month. CEO Mark Bistrow (left) joins the large crowd of well-wishers in congratulating contractor Feni Matsando Samuel of Inter Oriental Builders and his all-Congolese team at the opening of the newly completed Azambi hydropower plant.

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