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Blyvoor safety award “shows what we can do,” says DRD Chairman

Durban Roodepoort Deep Limited, whose North West Operations have been in the news in recent weeks due to deteriorating safety performance, announced today (9.5.02) that its Blyvooruitzicht (Blyvoor) Mine near Carletonville has won one of the gold mining sector’s most important safety competitions for the fourth year in succession. 105/02-jmd

Durban Roodepoort Deep Limited, whose North West Operations have been in the news in recent weeks due to deteriorating safety performance, announced today (9.5.02) that its Blyvooruitzicht (Blyvoor) Mine near Carletonville has won one of the gold mining sector’s most important safety competitions for the fourth year in succession.

The association of West Rand Mines Inter-mine Safety Competition, is open only to mines in the Carletonville area where underground mining conditions are unique in respect of depth, heat and geological complexity. The competition measures, as a rate, lost time injuries against one million man hours worked on underground operations.

In the five years the competition has been running, Blyvoor’s has recorded a 93% improvement in its rate – from 17.42 to 9.02.

"While we are totally focused effecting immediate, measurable improvements in our safety performance at our North West Operations, we draw enormous encouragement from Byvoor’s success," said DRD Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark Wellesley-Wood.

"It shows that, as a company, we have the ability to implement significant expansion programmes in our operations without compromising our safety performance and if Blyvoor can achieve this, then I see no reason why this can not be replicated at our North West Operations. We simply must ensure consistency in respect of best safety practice and performance throughout our business."

Consistency – in training, the application of technological improvements and the implementation of best practice procedures, systems and campaigns – is a key feature of Blyvoor’s safety drive, according to Blyvoor General Manager Deon van der Mescht.

"Fundamental to our success, however, is attitudinal and behavioural change on the part of managers and workers."

Byvooruitzicht is in competition with other deep level mines such as Deelkraal, Elandsrand, East and West Driefontein, TauTona, Savuka and Mponeng. Cooke 1, 2 3 & 4 Shafts, Doornkop and Kloof have recently joined as competitors.

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