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North West operations: media statement

Rescue workers tonight rescued 14 employees trapped underground at DRDGOLD’s North West Operations’ No5 Shaft near Stilfontein in North West Province following a series of seismic events earlier today
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Johannesburg, South Africa. 9 March 2005 (22:30). Rescue workers tonight rescued 14 employees trapped underground at DRDGOLD’s North West Operations’ No5 Shaft near Stilfontein in North West Province following a series of seismic events earlier today.

The condition of those rescued is being assessed currently.

Two employees believed initially to be among those trapped have subsequently been accounted for and are uninjured.

Work to rescue the remaining 26 employees still trapped is continuing.

More than 100 people – specially trained rescuers and volunteers from among the workforce – are involved in the rescue operation.

The trapped employees are believed to be on 78 level, some 2 400 metres below surface.

All other employees who were underground at the North West Operations’ eight shafts at the time – 3 158 in total – are safe. Of these, 2 931 have been brought to surface. The balance – 227 – is in the process of being brought to surface.

Queries:

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

James Duncan, Russell & Associates
+27 11 880 3924 (office)
+27 82 892 8052 (mobile)

North America
Investor and Media Relations
Barbara Cano, Breakstone & Ruth International
+1 646-536-7015 (office)
+1 917-861-2530 (mobile)

Australasia
Investor and Media Relations
Paul Downie, Porter Novelli
+61 893 861 233 (office)
+61 414 947 129 (mobile)

United Kingdom/Europe
Investor and Media Relations
Phil Dexter, St James's Corporate Services
+44 20 7499 3916 (office)
+44 779 863 4398



DRDGOLD is the world’s 9th largest primary gold producer, with mines in South Africa as well as Australasia, a key target for growth. For fiscal year 2004, DRDGOLD produced 905 000 ounces of gold, up from under 100 000 ounces a year in 1997, when current operations were amalgamated.

DRDGOLD has primary listings on the Johannesburg (JSE:DRD) and Australian (ASX:DRD) stock exchanges and secondary listings on NASDAQ (DROOY), the London and Port Moresby stock exchanges 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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