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DRDGOLD suspends operations at its North West operations’ no 2 shaft following further earth tremors

DRDGOLD yesterday suspended operations at its North West Operations No. 2 Shaft following a further tremor, which knocked out three production panels.

“Further tremor hits NWO”

Johannesburg, South Africa. 17 March 2005. DRDGOLD Limited(JSE: DRD; NASDAQ: DROOY; ASX: DRD; POM SoX: DRD) yesterday suspended operations at its North West Operations (“NWO”)No. 2 Shaft following a further tremor, which knocked out three production panels.

No one was seriously injured in the tremor.

A full risk assessment of No. 2 Shaft is being conducted by the NWO’s rock engineering department.

Operations at the NWO No. 5 Shaft remain suspended following an earthquake last Wednesday, 9 March 2004 that registered 5.3 on the Richter Scale.

Preliminary indications are that the damage to the No.5 shaft area is extensive. An overall assessment from a risk and financial perspective is currently under investigation at No.5 shaft.

DRDGOLD’s NWO are currently undergoing an operational review in terms of Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act after the operations recorded losses exceeding R270 million in the six months to 31 December 2004.

The Management Board of the NWO is awaiting a report on the effects of the business interruptions caused by the tremors and the sustainability of the operations and will review the report as a matter of urgency.

Together, the No. 2 and No. 5 Shafts account for 30% of NWO’s total production and employ 1 905 people.

DRDGOLD’s interests in the NWO are held through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Buffelsfontein Gold Mines Limited.


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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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