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Blyvoor retrenchments to cost R30 million

Contrary to a report in today’s Business Day, retrenchments of up to 2 000 employees at DRD’s Blyvoor mine are expected to cost approximately R30 million.
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Johannesburg, South Africa. 10.09.04. Durban Roodepoort Deep, Limited (JSE: DUR; NASDAQ: DROOY; ASX: DRD; POM SoX: DRD) Contrary to a report in today’s Business Day, retrenchments of up to 2 000 employees at Durban Roodepoort Deep, Limited’s Blyvooruitzicht (Blyvoor) mine near Carletonville, South Africa are expected to cost approximately R30 million.

The newspaper reported that “packages are expected to cost the mine about R100 million”. The company was not asked to comment on the expected retrenchment costs.

Agreements were concluded this week between DRD and employee organisations (NUM, UASA, Solidarity and SAEWA), intended to restore Blyvoor to profitability.

The key elements of the agreement, reached during CCMA-facilitated consultation initiated on 28 June in terms of a Labour Relations Act Section 189 notice, are:

  • up to 2 000 of the mine’s 4 400 employees to be retrenched by 20 September;

  • no shaft closures.

The intention is to:
  • reduce overheads immediately and return the mine to breakeven and then to, at most, R80 000/kg; and

  • preserve the mine’s existing infrastructure, in order to have a sound platform for further
    remedial action over the next six months and for a strategy to take the mine into the
    future.


In terms of the agreement:
  • employee organisations have given a six-month undertaking not to disrupt the normal
    operations of the company in any way;

  • the current Section 189 process will be preserved for six months (so that, should consultation on further actions be required, it will not be necessary to issue a further Section 189 notice).

In terms of Blyvoor’s Social Plan, all employees affected by retrenchment will be offered trauma counselling and skills re-training. Retrenched foreign nationals will undergo counseling and re-training during their notice period, before they return to their countries of origin.

DRD has announced the appointment of Mark Munroe as the new General Manager of Blyvoor. Munroe (35) was previously Production Manager at DRD’s North West Operations.

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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Paul Downie, Porter Novelli
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United Kingdom/Europe
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Phil Dexter, St James's Corporate Services
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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 2004, DRD produced 905 000 ounces of gold, up from under 100 000 ounces a year in 1997, when current operations were amalgamated.


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