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DRD scores safety hat trick

DRD has scored a safety hat trick 299/04-jmd

Johannesburg, South Africa – 29.01.04 – Durban Roodepoort Deep, Limited (JSE: DUR; NASDAQ: DROOY; ASX: DRD) has scored a safety hat trick.

  • The company’s North West Operations (NWO), focus of a substantial restructuring exercise during the quarter ended 31 December 2003, recorded one million fatality-free shifts on Monday (26 January 2004).

    “It is a tribute to all 7 332 employees at the NWO, on surface and underground, that they were able to retain the critically important focus on safety in spite of all of the uncertainties and change that accompanied the 60-day review period that preceded restructuring and indeed, the restructuring itself,” said Deon van der Mescht, Divisional Director of DRD’s South African Operations.

    “This achievement points also to the effectiveness of the emphasis our various safety campaigns place on behavioral change amongst employees.”

    The one million fatality-free shifts were worked over a period of 161 days, from 15 August 2003. The NWO last achieved one million fatality free shifts on 10 February 2003. In the last 10 years, one million fatality free shifts have been achieved on eight occasions.

    The NWO has recorded improvements in respect of all three of the key safety indicator rates – Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate, Reportable Injury Frequency Rate and Fatal Injury Frequency Rate – between 2002 and 2003.

  • DRD’s Blyvooruitzicht (Blyvoor) operation recently received the Association of West Rand Mines Safety Award for the sixth year in succession with its attainment of a Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate of 7.19. Over the six-year period, Blyvoor has recorded an improvement every year, resulting in a 60% improvement from a rate of 17.84 in 1997.

    In 2003 the average rate for mines competing in the competition was 19.21. Blyvoor’s nearest competitor achieved a rate of 9.18.

  • DRD’s Tolukuma mine in Papua New Guinea recently recorded 245 days without a lost time injury (LTI). Records show that this is the mine’s best LTI achievement since coming into production in 1995. Tolukuma has also reached a landmark in terms of fatality-free shifts – 350 000, worked over the last 16 months.

“Despite the commercial pressure under which DRD must operate as a higher cost producer, we do not cut corners,” said Executive Chairman Mark Wellesley-Wood.

“These safety achievements show that we have focus where it matters – at the front end – and that we do not compromise on standards. Our safety record shows the success of our drive to lower risk across the group, which benefits all of our stakeholders. It is an achievement of which all of our employees can be proud.”


South Africa
Investor and Media Relations
Ilja Graulich, Durban Roodepoort Deep, Limited
+27 11 381 7826 (office)
+27 83 604 0820 (mobile)

James Duncan, Russell & Associates
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+27 82 892 8052 (mobile)

Investor and Media Relations
Paul Downie, Porter Novelli
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+61 414 947 129 (mobile)

North America
Investor Relations
Susan Borinelli, Breakstone & Ruth International
+1 646-536-7018 (office)
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Media Relations
Jessica Anderson, Breakstone & Ruth International
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United Kingdom/Europe
Investor and Media Relations
Phil Dexter, St James's Corporate
+44 20 7499 3916 (office)
+44 779 863 4398

DRD is the world’s 9th largest gold producer, with mines in South Africa as well as Australasia, a key target for growth. The company has a track record of success in extending the lives of older mines safely and profitably. For fiscal year 2003, DRD produced 870 000 ounces of gold, up from under 100 000 ounces a year in 1997, when current operations were amalgamated.

DRD has primary listings on the Johannesburg (JSE:DRD) and Australian (ASX:DRD) stock exchanges and secondary listings on NASDAQ (DROOY), the London Stock Exchange and the Paris and Brussels Bourses. Its shares are also traded on the regulated unofficial market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the Berlin OTC Market.

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