Tailings management

A very prominent part of our business focus is that of tailings storage facility (TSF) safety.

We subscribe to the contemporary imperative of greater transparency and enhanced governance in terms of the technical standards, safety and environmental impact of TSFs, a commitment that so far has led us to implement the following:

  • Aligning our Group wide policy on the management of TSFs at our operations to best practice and expectations
  • Implementing an internal Tailings Performance Management System (“TPMS”) for dedicated data collection, storage and processing to ensure the integrity of the data for day-to-day management and oversight purposes
  • Quarterly drone surveillance
  • Review of various technologies which could be employed to enhance TSF observation and monitoring
  • The establishment of an External Tailings Review Panel

Tailings management – Church of England questionnaire

The Church of England Pensions Board and the Council on Ethics for the Swedish Public Pension Funds chair a steering committee for a Global Tailings Standard that requires extractive companies to disclose how they manage their tailings storage facilities (TSFs).

DRDGOLD remains compliant with these disclosure requirements, which are contained in the below documents:

Read more about the initiative here.

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