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25 August 2004 Angelo Coppola

(26.8.04) The awards, which were for last year, spanned sectors across the economy and also included specific areas of excellence, pertinent to investors.

In addition, Sasol won the award for Resources – Basic Industries, as well as the award for the Best Chairman’s statement - walking off with three awards this year.
 
Gold Fields won the highly contested award for Resources – Precious Metals and Minerals, as well as The South African Mineral Resources Extraction Committee / IASSA award for its reporting of mineral resources and reserves - for the second-year running.
 
The much coveted award for Mining Finance went to BHP Billiton plc.
 
Other award winners were:
 
Absa - Banks
Sanlam - Insurance
ABIL - Financial – General
Aspen - Industrial – Consumer
Barloworld - Industrial – General
Ellerine - Industrial - Services
Astrapak - Small companies
Discovery - Most improved reporting and communications
Iscor - Best presentation to the society
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