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Empowering communities through the broad-based livelihoods (BBL) programme

The BBL project has reached approximately 8 000 participants and equipped many with key mechanisms for local economic growth. It is a programme that is designed to alleviate poverty, generate an income and create jobs as part of DRDGOLD’s social and labour plan.

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ERGO Solar Energy Project: Let the sun shine!

Over the past several months we have provided stakeholders with some insight into our plans to achieve a greater level of independence for our Ergo operation to the east of Johannesburg from South Africa’s troubled power utility, Eskom – without damaging our longstanding relationship with Eskom – by installing solar power infrastructure.

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FWGR converts to closed circuit slimes milling for finer grind, more gold

The Far West Gold Recoveries (FWGR) surface retreatment operation of DRDGOLD Limited, near Carletonville in South Africa’s Gauteng Province, is nearing completion.

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DRDGOLD's ERGO cleans up

Sustaining reclamation, liberating land for redevelopment

DRDGOLD subsidiary Ergo Mining (Pty) Limited has begun reclamation – at a R3.8 million set-up cost – of the 2.7Mt 4L25 mine dump.

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FWGR copper elution circuit

DRDGOLD Limited’s Far West Gold Recoveries (FWGR) operation south-west of Johannesburg is currently retreating material reclaimed from the Driefontein No.5 dam.


Rolling Back

mining’s environmental legacy

through large-scale retreatment of mine dumps


DRDGOLD is proud to participate in the @NYSE Global Giving Campaign to shine a light on #Matla A Bana –a voice against child abuse.

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Our ornament can be seen at the front of the NYSE for their 100th Annual Tree Lighting taking place from 30 November 2023 and throughout the holiday season. The NYSE website is officially live and can be viewed HERE



ESG Fact Sheet 2023

October 2023

National Day of health and safety

DRDGOLD, as a member of the Minerals Council, commemorated the 6th annual National Day of Health and Safety in Mining 2023 on 17 August 2023 under the theme: Always: Vigilance, Learning, Improving.

Our employees are our most valuable asset; their health and safety are our highest priority.

For updates and more information on the Khumbul’ekhaya safety and health initiative, please visit:

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GREEN gold miner aspiring to become a producer of GREEN metals, to produce GREEN energy to drive GREEN economies

ESG Overview

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) for sustainable development.

At DRDGOLD we continuously aim to improve the transparency of our ESG disclosures, taking into consideration the material issues affecting ESG within the Group.

We remain committed to sustainable development with a focus on the goal of reversing the environmental legacy of early mining, limiting and reducing our impact on natural resources and improving the quality of life and communities affected in close proximity of historical mine dumps. A very important part of achieving this is through our tailings storage facility (TSF) safety business.

Our strategic focus areas with a direct link to ESG include using technology and information to enhance operational performance and minimise the impact on the environment, create a values driven culture of employee safety, empowerment, diversity and inclusivity as well as improving the quality of life of communities surrounding our operations. For a detailed view of our ESG focus, click here.

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Operation Profile

DRDGOLD’s principal subsidiaries are Ergo, our flagship metallurgical plant located some 50km east of Johannesburg in Brakpan; and Far West Gold Recoveries (FWGR) near Carletonville, west of Johannesburg.

Ergo and the Knights plant in Germiston comprise arguably the world’s largest gold surface tailings retreatment facility. Together with the milling and pump station at Crown Mines and City Deep (both former plants), these operations treat approximately 1.7Mt per month.

FWGR was acquired from Sibanye-Stillwater in July 2018. The acquisition was instrumental to the company’s growth strategy, increasing our gold reserves by 90%. FWGR comprises Driefontein plant 2, with a capacity of 600,000tpm and the Driefontein 4 tailings storage facility with a capacity of 500 000tpm.

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Employee Profile

At the end of FY2023, DRDGOLD provided jobs for 3 082 people, with 927 permanent employees. The remaining 2 155 people worked for the specialist service providers engaged by the company to provide the expertise required for tailings reclamation and tailings dam management.

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Where we operate


Mineral Reserves of 2.34Moz

  • 1 processing plant with a capacity of 600 000tpm (Driefontein plant 2)
  • 1 tailings storage facility with a capacity of 500 000tpm (Driefontein 4TSF)


Mineral Reserves of 3.45Moz

  • 1 processing plant with a capacity of 1.8Mtpm (Ergo plant)
  • 2 milling plants (Knights and City Deep)
  • 1 tailings storage facility (Brakpan/Withok) with a capacity of 2.0Mtpm

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