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Gold Fields responds to illegal strikes at its Ghanaian Operations

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Johannesburg, 03 April 2013 - Gold Fields Limited (Gold Fields) (JSE, NYSE, NASDAQ Dubai: GFI), regrets to report that employees at its Tarkwa and Damang mines in Ghana, in which it has a 90% interest, have today, at approximately 11.00am (Ghana time), embarked on illegal industrial action which has led to production at both mines being stopped.

This follows after the Ghana Mineworkers Union (GMU) and its affiliates, the Professional Managerial Staff Union and the Branch Union, yesterday presented management at both mines with a number of demands, and threatened industrial action should the company not respond favourably to the demands within 24 hours.

The demands relate to a dispute in the determination of profit share payments to employees; the unconditional reinstatement of an employee who was dismissed following an internal disciplinary procedure; dissatisfaction with certain management structures; the removal of certain members of senior management; concerns about catering delivery models; and allegations of discrimination between expatriate and Ghanaian employees.

Gold Fields is analysing and investigating the demands as a matter of urgency. The company also appeals to all employees to maintain law and order while this process is underway as the safety and security of all employees is of primary importance.

The company holds the view that the industrial action is illegal and unprotected. This could expose participating workers to the no-work, no-pay rule as well as possible dismissal.


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