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Business unit overview

In each business unit overview, operating profit includes associates’ operating profit and is before special items and remeasurements unless otherwise stated

Capital expenditure relates to cash expenditure on tangible and biological assets. Share of Group operating profit and share of Group net operating assets for both 2008 and 2007 are based on continuing operations and, therefore, in 2007, exclude the contribution from Mondi and AngloGold Ashanti

Precious

Platinum

At the Polokwane smelter, wet concentrate made up of UG2 and Merensky Reef is smelted to produce a PGM-rich nickel-copper furnace matte which is then sent to Rustenburg’s ACP converter for refining

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Diamonds

De Beers is prospecting for diamonds close to its Snap Lake mine, which opened in 2008 in the forbidding terrain of Canada’s Northwest Territories

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Base

Base Metals

At Los Bronces copper mine in Chile, 
a load haul truck, laden with ore, prepares to take its load out on to the long climb out of the open pit

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Bulk

Ferrous Metals

The new jig plant at Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape. The plant attained output of 4.7 million tonnes of iron ore in 2008

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Coal

Conveyor belt at Dawson mine in Queensland, Australia. The Dawson expansion project, which was completed in 2008, was one of the largest coal mining ventures ever undertaken in Australia, with the Dawson Complex having an annual capacity of 12.7 Mt of export coal

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Industrial Minerals

Rubber chips from tyres that cannot be retreaded or reused have become an important carbon neutral fuel for the cement kiln at Tunstead

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