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ERPM Section 189A consultation process concludes

20 January 2009

Johannesburg, South Africa, 20 January 2009. DRDGOLD Limited (JSE: DRD; NASDAQ: DROO). Consultations in terms of Section 189A of the Labour Relations Act regarding the future of employees affected by the placing on care and maintenance of the underground operations of the Boksburg-based ERPM mine of DRDGOLD South African Operations (Pty) Limited (DRDGOLD SA) have been concluded.

Of the 1 700 affected employees:

  • 109 accepted the company’s voluntary retrenchment offer;
  • 101 have been transferred to DRDGOLD SA’s Blyvooruitzicht mine and five to the ERGO Joint Venture with the Mintails group;
  • 150 have been retained at the ERPM mine to provide care and maintenance services; and
  • the remaining 1 335 will be retrenched.

The retrenchment package to be paid to employees has been agreed with representative unions.

The company is working closely with the unions to identify and implement re-skilling programmes. Also, where possible, it has engaged other mining companies which have expressed an interest in recruiting employees and has established lines of communication between them and the unions.


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