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Sale of 5% interest in Porgera joint venture to MRE will not proceed

DRD regrets to advise that despite two extensions to the relevant deadline, a number of the conditions precedent for the transaction have still not been fulfilled
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(Johannesburg, South Africa. 26.04.04. Durban Roodepoort Deep Limited, JSE:DUR; NASDAQ:DROOY; ASX:DRD) On 4 February 2004 Durban Roodepoort Deep, Limited (DRD) announced that it had agreed to sell a 5% interest in the Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) in Papua New Guinea to Mineral Resources Enga Limited (MRE) for US$22.521 million under a conditional sale agreement.

MRE is a Papua New Guinean company owned by the Engan landowners in and around the Porgera area as well as the Engan Provincial Government. MRE is an existing participant in the PJV with a 5% interest.

DRD regrets to advise that despite two extensions to the relevant deadline, a number of the conditions precedent for the transaction have still not been fulfilled and it was DRD’s view that MRE would be unable to have funding available to complete the transaction on the agreed due date. The proposed sale of the 5% PJV interest to MRE will not proceed.

Commenting on the failure of the process, DRD Chief Executive Officer Mr Ian Murray said: “Unfortunately after five months of work and negotiations with MRE and numerous other concessions made by DRD to progress the transaction, MRE again missed a critical deadline. In the circumstances, DRD cannot continue to dedicate significant management time and resources and continue to incur costs to a process which, it has become clear to us, will not complete.”

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