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DRD’s Blyvoor Mine appoints stakeholder task team to help fight impact of Rand strength on margins

Durban Roodepoort Deep, Limited‘s Blyvooruitzicht Mine has appointed an eight-person task team, representative of management and organised labour, to urgently investigate the negative impact on the operation’s margins by the effect of Rand strength on costs and revenues, and to propose counter measures.
“Beat the gold price before it beats us”

Johannesburg, South Africa – 15 March 2004 – Durban Roodepoort Deep, Limited‘s (JSE:DUR; NASDAQ:DROOY; ASX:DRD) Blyvooruitzicht Mine has appointed an eight-person task team, representative of management and organised labour, to urgently investigate the negative impact on the operation’s margins by the effect of Rand strength on costs and revenues, and to propose counter measures.

The multi-disciplinary task team, whose simple brief is to “beat the gold price before it beats us”, has two weeks to work fulltime on the project.

It began work on Monday, 8 March and is scheduled to report on its findings and recommendations to the Blyvooruitzicht Forum, an established body representative of management and organised labour, and to other stakeholders at the Blyvooruitzicht Recreation Club on Tuesday, 23 March, 2004 at 13:00.

Announcing the establishment of the task team, Divisional Director of DRD’s South African Operations Deon van der Mescht said: “It simply isn’t constructive to complain that the strength of the Rand is beyond our control and to kid ourselves that we can try to run our business as usual.

“Central to the task team’s brief is that it identifies practical work practices, over and above those we already have in place, to increase productivity and efficiencies.

“We have every confidence that, working fulltime, the task team will be able to deliver constructive input by its deadline; apart from participating fully in the process through its representation on the task team, management has offered its full co-operation and assistance.

“I believe it is critically important, however, that none of the parties involved seeks to pre-judge the task team or to anticipate the outcome of its work,” Van der Mescht said.

Queries:

South Africa
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Ilja Graulich, Durban Roodepoort Deep, Limited
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James Duncan, Russell & Associates
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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 1987, 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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