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DRDGOLD engages with the Department of Minerals and Energy on the issue of a section 54 notice on Blyvooruitzicht Gold Mine

DRDGOLD Limited can confirm that, following the death of an employee in a rockburst at Blyvoor)on Friday, the Department of Minerals and Energy has issued a notice in terms of Section 54 of the Mine Health and Safety Act.

Johannesburg, South Africa. 22 October 2007. DRDGOLD Limited (JSE: DRD; NASDAQ: DROOY) can confirm that, following the death of an employee in a rockburst at Blyvooruitzicht Gold Mine (Blyvoor) on Friday, the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) has issued a notice in terms of Section 54 of the Mine Health and Safety Act (the notice).

The notice instructs that:

  • all employees be removed from the stopes at the mine’s Number 4, 5 and 6 Shafts;
  • a risk assessment involving an independent auditor, management, unions and associations be conducted; and
  • the results are presented to the Principal Inspector of Mines.

In view of the fact that the notice was served before the Principal Inspector had considered the circumstances of Friday’s incident, DRDGOLD has requested the DME to withdraw the notice with respect to all stope areas with the exception of the stope area affected.

The notice follows the award to Blyvoor of the Minister of Minerals and Energy’s Safety Award for the greatest safety improvement in the ultra-deep gold and platinum category over the past three years.

DRDGOLD has expressed its disappointment at the refusal of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) to participate in a safety audit at Blyvoor on Saturday morning, following Friday’s incident.

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