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AngloGold Ashanti Signs Agreements With Randgold Resources Limited in Relation to Its Proposed Acquisition of Moto Goldmines Limited

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA -- (Marketwire) -- 07/16/09 -- AngloGold Ashanti (NYSE: AU) signs agreements with Randgold Resources Limited in relation to its proposed acquisition of Moto Goldmines Limited

AngloGold Ashanti Limited ("AngloGold Ashanti" or "the Company") is pleased to announce that it has entered into a series of agreements with Randgold Resources Limited ("Randgold Resources"), which, upon the closing of Randgold Resources' proposed acquisition of 100% of the issued share capital and outstanding options and warrants of Moto Goldmines Limited ("Moto"), will result in AngloGold Ashanti acquiring an indirect 50% interest in Moto for approximately US$244 million in cash.

At the same time, AngloGold Ashanti and Randgold Resources will form a joint venture for the development and operation of the Moto gold project, located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ("DRC"). Moto owns 70% of the project which is at an advanced exploration stage with a JORC compliant Mineral Resource of some 22.5 million ounces of gold as published on 21 January 2009. The other 30% joint venture interest in the project is owned by Offices des Mines d'Or de Kilo-Moto ("Okimo"), a DRC state-owned company. Under the terms of the proposed joint venture agreement, Randgold Resources will be appointed operator of the project.

Shareholders are referred to a separate announcement made by Randgold Resources today describing its approach to the Board of Directors of Moto in relation to its proposed acquisition.

AngloGold Ashanti's agreement to acquire its indirect joint venture interest in Moto, as described above, is subject to the completion of the acquisition of Moto by Randgold Resources and, as is customary for transactions of this nature, an application has been made by AngloGold Ashanti to, and is currently under consideration by, the South African Reserve Bank.

"We're pleased to build on the successful partnership we've enjoyed with Randgold Resources over the past nine years at Morila,'' AngloGold Ashanti Chief Executive Officer Mark Cutifani said. "Our agreement to acquire for cash a 50% joint venture interest on closing enables Randgold Resources to present terms to Moto which make its offer clearly superior to those already offered by Red Back Mining Inc. in its offer for Moto.''

"This partnership will benefit all stakeholders, especially the people of the DRC, by successfully developing one of the world's most exciting gold ore-bodies in a joint effort that shares risk and rewards," Cutifani said. "This is a further step in our Africa growth strategy and complements our existing greenfields exploration activities in the DRC by taking a larger foothold in one of the world's most prospective goldfields via the Moto gold project, one of Africa's largest undeveloped mineral resources.''

There can be no assurance, at this stage, that Randgold Resources will complete its proposed acquisition of Moto. AngloGold Ashanti will make a further announcement in due course.

Financial Advisor to AngloGold Ashanti
CIBC

Legal Advisors to AngloGold Ashanti
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Shearman & Sterling LLP

JSE Sponsor
UBS


Certain statements made in this communication, including, without
limitation, those concerning the benefits of the partnership for all
stakeholders and the prospects of the Moto Gold Project, contain certain
forward-looking statements regarding AngloGold Ashanti's operations,
economic performance and financial condition. Although AngloGold Ashanti
believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements
are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove
to have been correct. Accordingly, results could differ materially from
those set out in the forward-looking statements as a result of, among other
factors, changes in economic and market conditions, success of business and
operating initiatives, changes in the regulatory environment and other
government actions, fluctuations in gold prices and exchange rates, and
business and operational risk management. For a discussion of such factors,
refer to AngloGold Ashanti's annual report for the year ended
31 December 2008, which was distributed to shareholders on 27 March 2009
and the company's annual report on Form 20-F, filed with the Securities
and Exchange Commission in the United States on May 5, 2009 as amended on
May 6, 2009. AngloGold Ashanti undertakes no obligation to update publicly
or release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect
events or circumstances after today's date or to reflect the occurrence of
unanticipated events. All subsequent written or oral forward-looking
statements attributable to AngloGold Ashanti or any person acting on its
behalf are qualified by the cautionary statements herein. AngloGold Ashanti
posts information that is important to investors on the main page of its
website at www.anglgoldashanti.com and under the "Investors" tab on the
main page. This information is updated regularly. Investors should visit
this website to obtain important information about AngloGold Ashanti.

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