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AngloGold Ashanti rebuffed surprisingly aggressive claims by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane that it was refusing to obey regulations, particularly those around safety. Just days after saying the Department of Mineral Resources was "not at war" with Sibanye Gold and AngloGold Ashanti, Zwane tore into the two companies for "refusing to comply with the mining laws of the country". AngloGold was having none of it, pointing to its safety record, while Sibanye declined any comment while a legal process it had initiated against Zwane and three safety officials was under way. "Over the past decade, AngloGold Ashanti has reduced operating fatalities by more than 80%. Over the same period, it has improved its all-injury frequency rate — the broadest measure of workplace injuries — by more than two-thirds," AngloGold spokesman Stewart Bailey said.

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