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AngloGold Ashanti Steps up Humanitarian Efforts in the Response to COVID-19

AngloGold Ashanti is committed to
working with government at all levels and a range of other stakeholders in supporting
South Africa’s fight to slow the spread of COVID-19. We are working across several
fronts to support healthcare providers, bolster community health and hygiene
responses, and to provide relief to the most vulnerable in society.
We have worked closely with expert, multidisciplinary teams from the provincial
governments of the North West and Gauteng, to make available two hospitals for their
exclusive use as part of the frontline COVID-19 effort. These facilities will be used by
the authorities for the treatment and isolation of COVID-19 patients.
“The provincial health teams have worked with incredible diligence to ensure these
facilities are made available to serve the public,” said Dr. Bafedile Chauke, AngloGold
Ashanti’s Vice President, Health. “We’re pleased to work alongside the authorities in
this national effort.”

The first of these is the fully equipped, 270-bed West Vaal facility near Orkney in the
North West province. The second is a West Wits hospital building near Carletonville
in western Gauteng, which was closed a number of years ago during restructuring of
the SA Region portfolio, and its equipment donated to other healthcare facilities or
non-profit organisations in the community. The building, which has capacity for almost
300 beds, is nonetheless in good condition and has the necessary oxygen piping
infrastructure and other design elements needed for a fully functioning hospital. The
Gauteng Department of Health is working to ensure it is fully equipped and
recommissioned in the coming weeks.

This initiative is one of many by businesses across South Africa, and by mining
companies in particular, to help ensure preparedness to deal with COVID-19 cases.
AngloGold Ashanti is committed to supporting the multi-stakeholder efforts aimed to
curtail the spread of the Covid-19 virus,” Kgomotso Tshaka, Vice President:

Sustainability, said. “Apart from the hospitals, we are providing support in a range of
other areas to protect those most at risk from the devastating effects of Covid-19.”

o Donating masks from a local supplier that will be donated to the Merafong
municipality in Gauteng, the Matlosana municipality in the North West
Province, and the Chris Hani, OR Tambo and Amathole municipalities in the
Eastern Cape;

o Local manufacture of free standing 1,000 litre water tanks which we have long
used on our mine sites in West Africa for handwashing. We have worked in
close partnership with the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport, The
City of Johannesburg, Johannesburg Water, and various taxi associations, to
place these facilities at selected high-traffic areas in Gauteng, including major
taxi ranks, to improve hand hygiene in areas that may not have sufficient
reticulated water. This project has also been expanded to the City of
Tshwane, particularly in the Hammanskraal area;

o Immediate distribution of 5,000 care parcels to the needy — containing
groceries, handwash, multipurpose cleaner and a COVID19 information
booklet — to social-grant beneficiaries, to help cushion the effects of the 21-
day lockdown. Recipients include the elderly, people with disabilities and
those receiving childcare grants. We are working alongside the Imbumba
Foundation for the implementation of this initiative;

o Procured 27 electronic intensive-care beds for Soweto’s Chris Hani
Baragwanath Hospital, the world’s third-largest healthcare facility, for its
COVID19 isolation units. We are working with the SAME Foundation for the
implementation of this initiative;

o Providing and servicing 24 mobile toilets to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital;

o Assisting various other organisation through the Matlosana and Merafong
municipalities, with blankets, food and toiletries.

As part of its total commitment, AngloGold Ashanti has also pledged R20 million to
the Solidarity Response Fund, which is an independent initiative, registered as a
public benefit company and supported by business, civil society and the South
African government. The fund will be used to provide rapid and targeted actions to
support the healthcare sector in efforts to flatten the curve of infections and provide
humanitarian support to vulnerable households and communities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has spread suffering, disrupted billions of lives, and
endangered the global economy. Tackling the pandemic requires co-operation and
co-ordination of efforts by stakeholders to ensure that resources and technology are
deployed in the right way at the right time to make the biggest possible impact on
controlling the pandemic and reducing the toll on human lives.

AngloGold Ashanti and its employees, across each of its 10 operating jurisdictions
on three continents, is committed to working with communities, its peers, host
governments and all other stakeholders, to combat the spread of the virus and to
deal with its after-effects.

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