DRDGOLD concurs, food safety is everyone’s business. We all have a moral obligation, of course, to help ensure that people do not go hungry. Also, what hope is there for any kind of human enterprise, for countries’ economies to survive – particularly in the face of COVID-19 – if stomachs are empty?
DRDGOLD, for some years now, has partnered with Umsizi Sustainable Social Solutions in the implementation of the Broad-Based Livelihoods (BBL) programme in DRDGOLD’s host communities.
The BBL programme currently reaches more than 4 000 people, one way or another, teaching them how to use their own yards and any other land legally available to them to grow food – in the first instance to feed themselves, and then to produce a surplus they can sell in their communities to generate an income.
A recent BBL development is the teaching of food preservation skills. According to the World Health Organisation, more than 600 million people fall ill and 420 000 die every year from eating contaminated food. Properly preserved food prevents illness and death, and – importantly – reduces food wastage.
DRDGOLD Limited, has today issued an operating update for the quarter ended 31 March 2021 and reports a 6% quarter on quarter reduction in gold produced to 1,382kg. This is despite a 3% increase in ore milled. Yield was 9% down to 0.190g/t, compared to 0.208g/t in the previous quarter, and the volume of gold sold was down by 8% to 1,363kg.MEDIA RELEASE - Lower gold price, production reduce DRDGOLD quarter on quarter earnings » SENS - Operating update for the quarter ended 31 March 2021 »
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The initiative has its origins in DRDGOLD’s well-established Broad-based Livelihoods (BBL) Programme. Managed by Umsizi for DRDGOLD, this programme helps thousands of vulnerable people living within DRDGOLD’s operating footprints to use land and immediate opportunities available to them – sometimes just their household yards – to grow healthy food, to generate income, to undertake productive self-employment activities and to run businesses.
The latest BBL Programme video can be viewed here.
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DRDGOLD is a South African gold producer and a world leader in the recovery of gold from the retreatment of surface tailings. Our network of assets is unrivalled in South Africa and, with our consolidated businesses operating as a single entity, is focused on optimising these assets in order to increase gold production.
At the end of FY2018, DRDGOLD provided jobs for 2 304 people, including 878 permanent employees. The remaining 1 426 people worked for the specialist service providers engaged by the company to provide the expertise required for tailings reclamation and tailings dam management. In FY2018, the company produced 150 423oz of gold, generated R2 490.4 million in revenue, spent R1 452.7 million on capital projects (property, plant, equipment, surface) and 191ha of rehabilated land were lodged for clearance for redevelopment. Mineral Resources of 7.3Moz and Mineral Reserves of 3.3Moz were declared
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