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Blyvoor retrenchment process completed

DRD has announced that the retrenchment process at its Blyvooruitzicht mine, near Carletonville, South Africa, has been completed.

Johannesburg, South Africa. 5 October 2004. Durban Roodepoort Deep, Limited (JSE: DUR; NASDAQ: DROOY; ASX: DRD; POM SoX: DRD) has announced that the retrenchment process at its Blyvooruitzicht (Blyvoor) mine, near Carletonville, South Africa, has been completed.

A total of 1 619 employees have been paid their retrenchment packages and have received skills training vouchers which can be exercised until the second week of December, 2004. All affected employees have left the mine.

The total cost of the retrenchment exercise was R32 million.

Skills retention, vital to the success of a drive, going forward, to improve levels of productivity, has been an important feature of the retrenchment process. Breakthrough retrenchment agreements secured with employee organisations specified skills retention as the retrenchment selection criterion, rather than the more commonly practiced last-in-first out (LIFO) criterion.

Blyvoor’s General Manager, Mark Munroe, said: “I would like to thank all employees and employee organisations for their understanding and support in expediting the retrenchment process. This marks a new beginning for Blyvoor as a smaller, higher grade mine.”

Blyvoor’s underground tonnage will reduce to about 55 000 tonnes per month from underground. In addition, the mine will process around 240 000 tonnes of slimes dam material per month.

Michael Marriott, Divisional Director: SA Operations, said: “Blyvoor has a significant reserve potential, and downsizing has preserved this option for the future.”


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DRD is the world’s 9th largest primary 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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