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15 December 2016

AngloGold Ashanti lifts Tropicana ore reserve and production outlook

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AngloGold Ashanti Ltd is pleased to report an improved production outlook at the Tropicana Gold Mine in Western Australia, based on higher mining and processing rates along with a 45% increase in the mine’s Ore Reserve estimate.

Tropicana is a joint venture between AngloGold Ashanti Australia Ltd (70% and manager) and Independence Group NL (30%).

A strategy to address the planned decline in production following the end of grade streaming last year has been successful with the throughput capacity of the processing plant lifting from 5.8 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) to 7.5 mtpa and the introduction of a 600 tonne shovel to accelerate mining rates.

Gold production is expected to increase to an annualized rate of between 450,000 – 490,000 ounce per annum from the second half of calendar 2017, with further increases anticipated, depending on the outcome of the Long Island Study.

“We’ve adopted an innovative, holistic approach that demonstrates the quality of this asset and the enhanced returns it will deliver to stakeholders,” Michael Erickson, AngloGold Ashanti’s Senior Vice President Australia said. “The Tropicana mineralised system remains open along strike and at depth and the recent exciting drilling results make us optimistic that we can further improve the outlook.”

A programme of 161,000 metres of reverse circulation and diamond drilling carried out during 2015 and 2016 to test the strike extent and down-dip extensions of the known mineralised system has been highly successful, contributing to a 45% increase in Ore Reserves and a 27% increase in the Mineral Resource, highlighting the significant upside potential of the system.

Drilling is continuing as part of the Long Island Study, which is investigating large cutbacks to the pits utilizing low-cost mining options including strip mining and backfilling to minimise waste haulage costs.

The Ore Reserve estimate for Tropicana (100% project) has increased by 1.18 million ounces of contained gold, with all of this increase in the Havana Pit. Further reserve growth from Boston Shaker is anticipated in 2017, and in the longer term from Havana South, where infill drilling programmes are still to be completed.

The Mineral Resource estimate for Tropicana (100% project) has increased by 1.73 million ounces of contained gold, largely through significant additions in the Havana South and Boston Shaker zones as a result of applying the Long Island mining methods and costs, and through an increase to the underground Mineral Resource along the entire strike length of the Tropicana mineralised system.

In contrast to previous Tropicana resource statements, the new resource reflects the intention to backfill pits. Resources below pits that are proposed for backfilling are reported on the basis of potential future extraction by underground mining. This approach contributes to the large increase in the underground resource. As drilling and ongoing mining studies are completed it is anticipated there will be a high conversion of open pit resources to reserves over the life of the operation.

The details of the Ore Reserve and Mineral Resource estimate are provided in tables and graphs that can be viewed in the Acrobat Version (Download Full PDF here).

15 December 2016
Johannesburg

JSE Sponsor: Deutsche Securities (SA) Proprietary Limited

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