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DRDGOLD granted prospecting rights for two new major projects

DRDGOLD SA announced today that it has been granted prospecting rights under the new Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act in respect of the Sallies and Argonaut lease areas.

Johannesburg, South Africa. 23 February, 2006. DRDGOLD Limited (JSE: DRD; NASDAQ: DROOY; ASX: DRD; POM SoX: DRD) DRDGOLD South African Operations (Pty) Limited (DRDGOLD SA) announced today that it has been granted prospecting rights under the new Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act in respect of the Sallies and Argonaut lease areas.

Taken together, the two projects have the potential to increase the company’s South African resource base by 11 million ounces (oz).


The prospecting site within the Sallies lease area, adjacent to ERPM, is located in the Brakpan/Boksburg area, east of Johannesburg. ERPM mine has a current planned five-year life which, if the current good grades experienced at ERPM continue in the present lease and extended prospecting areas, could be extended to 21 years.

The prospecting right has been granted over a period of four years, from January 2006 to January 2010.

Prospecting will take place underground, at depths of some 3 000 metres (m), covering an area of approximately 1 252 hectares. As no surface drilling will be carried out, there will be no detrimental impact to the ground and surface environment. The in situ gold resource, at 7.5 grams per tonne (g/t), will equate to approximately 2.4 million oz (75 336 kilograms) of gold from this project.

Development is expected to cost some R7.1 million over three years.

“To comply with the law, prospecting must begin within 120 days of the effective date of 14 January 2006, on which date the Environmental Management Plan was authorised and accepted,” said Acting DRDGOLD SA Chief Executive Officer Niel Pretorius. “We are currently completing the procedures for registering the mining right in the Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office.”


The Argonaut project encompasses the southern down-dip extension of the Central Witwatersrand Goldfield, previously mined to a depth of between 1 800 m and 2 500 m.

Its focus is the exploitation of the potential resource striking 30 kilometres (km) from ERPM in the east to Durban Roodepoort Deep Mine in the west, at depths of between approximately 2 800 m and 5 000 m below surface. The project has also been the focus of research on the part of the gold mining industry’s collaborative Deep Mine programme, to investigate the required technologies to mine safely and profitably at depths up to 5 000 m.

The area of the prospecting and eventual mining right covers some 969 ha. The estimated resource, at anticipated grades of 8.5 g/t, could yield some 8.9 million ounces (280 000 kg) of gold over the life of the mine.

The prospecting right has been granted for a period of five years with effect from 6 February 2006. Prospecting will be carried out on surface by a borehole and borehole deflections, and an environmental impact study has been completed and accepted. “Assuming positive results from the assay figures of the borehole, we will extend our prospecting right into adjacent mineral right areas previously held by the company,” Pretorius said.

Note to editors:

East Rand Proprietary Mines (ERPM) has been mined since 1893. The mine was purchased by Crown Gold Recoveries (CGR) in October 2002. DRDGOLD South African Operations (Pty) Limited has a 100% holding in CGR, which in turn has a 100% holding in ERPM. ERPM currently employs some 2,700 people.


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DRDGOLD is an intermediate unhedged gold producer with mines in South Africa as well as Australasia. The company’s production profile is split equally between its highly leveraged SA operations and its low-cost, cash generative offshore mines.

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