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SISHEN MINE

it's in the figures

Mt 2009 2008 2007

TOTAL TONNES MINED (Mt)

FINAL PRODUCT (Mt)

ROM 46.2 E WAST MINE D 82.1

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Total tonnes mined ­ ROM production ­ Waste mined Final product ­ DMS ­ Jig ­ Additional initiatives Stripping ratio (times) Cost per tonne ­ Total cost (R/tonne) ­ Cash cost (R/tonne) Total sales ­ Export ­ Domestic Safety ­ Lost-time injury frequency rate ­ Fatalities

128.3 46.2 82.1 39.4 29.0 10.4 ­ 1.8 111.1 98.8 38.2 34.2 4.0

108.8 44.6 64.2 34.0 28.4 4.7 0.9 1.4 110.8 101.9 30.5 24.9 5.6

104.4 38.9 65.5 29.7 29.5 0.2 ­ 1.7 79.9 74.3 30.5 24.0 6.5

JIG PR OD UC TIO N1

0.4

29 .0

DM SP RO DU CT ION

0.09 ­

0.12 1

0.23 1

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UNIT COST

STRIPPING RATIO

MANAGEMENT TEAM

cash cost

R98.83/tonne

stripping ratio

1.78

General manager (43) BEng (Mech), MBA Manager business improvement (45) BEng (Electrical), Diploma Datametrie, NEM

SAFETY

3. Kobus Meyer

FATALITIES 0

lost-time injury frequency rate

4. Anel Marais

0.09

5. Nico Smit Manager plant (35) BEng (Met) and MBA (cum laude) Acting manager finance (32)

Strategic commodity manager material (45)

Manager safety, health, environment and quality NDip Safety Management NADSAM

Manager engineering (53)

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OPERATIONAL REVIEW

Dense medium separation plant

The DMS plant performed well, with output achieved due to increased tonnage mined plant and dense medium separation (DMS) plant. Particularly pleasing was the growth in slightly affected by increasing geological year was on maintaining the quality of product in current market conditions.

Sales

production of 39.4Mt resulted in some stock accumulation at Sishen Mine. At Saldanha, stock levels were reduced with 34.2Mt sold

mine material fed into the plant, although the Sishen Mine achieved a record safety as a result of improved beneficiation. The aim is to maintain the production volumes Weaker domestic demand led to a decline in year for the first time in five years. This is a substantial improvement in the mine's progress the port with a satisfactory improvement in Transnet's rail performance.

Jig plant

The ramp up of the plant was ahead of schedule,

The increased waste mined is due to the ore body becoming deeper and the pit wider.

capacity by the end of the year and is on track to

temporary crushing capacity, was discontinued during the year as the mine focused on quality.

Left: Kumba is the only haematite ore producer in the world to fully beneficiate its product. This is made possible through dense medium separation (DMS) and jig technology. At Sishen Mine the ore from the pit is trucked to the DMS plant where it is crushed, washed and separated into coarse, medium and fine material by wet screening.

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