Media releases

All Blyvoor employees safely on surface

18 January 2009

DRDGOLD is pleased to report that all 167 employees at the No 5 shaft, Blyvooruitzicht Gold Mine, near Carletonville, have been safely brought to surface.

This follows a lightning strike on the two sub-stations supplying power to the shaft on the evening of Saturday, 17 January 2009. Mine engineers were able to restore power to both the sub-shaft and main shaft winder systems at the No 5 shaft, and employees were brought to surface.

During the time that they were underground employees remained safely in refuge bays, with adequate water and ventilation. Telephone contact was maintained with the employees from surface throughout the period, and two proto teams also accessed the area via an alternative shaft earlier in the day.

No employees were injured. Six employees who were brought to surface earlier in the day were admitted to hospital for potential smoke inhalation and were subsequently released.


James Duncan, Russell & Associates
+27 82 892 8052 (mobile)