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‘decisive actions’ create platform for recovery and growth

DRDGOLD today announced that remedial actions taken in the past quarter, coupled with a continued turnaround at the South African operations’ Blyvoor mine, have established a sound platform for the company’s recovery and future growth

Blyvoor turnaround continues apace: production up 6%

Johannesburg, South Africa. 21 April 2005. DRDGOLD Limited (JSE: DRD; NASDAQ: DROOY; ASX: DRD; POM SoX: DRD) today announced that remedial actions taken in the past quarter, coupled with a continued turnaround at the South African operations’ Byvooruitzicht (Blyvoor) mine, have established a sound platform for the company’s recovery and future growth, says Chief Executive Officer Mark Wellesley-Wood.

Key amongst these actions was the provisional liquidation of Buffelsfontein Gold Mines Limited (Buffels) and the consequent discontinuation of mining at the North West Operations.

The focus on better production and the liquidation of Buffels meant DRDGOLD reported a 16% decline in gold production to 187 651 ounces (5 836 kilograms) for the quarter ended 31 March 2005,

The effect of the liquidation of Buffels, Wellesley-Wood said, was to immediately staunch the unsustainable drain on DRDGOLD’s resources, particularly from its offshore operations, in the preceding six months.

Other remedial measures have included a 30% reduction in DRDGOLD’s corporate headcount, a 50% cut in corporate costs and the sale of the company’s Johannesburg corporate office.

Funding for future growth had also been a major focus in the quarter under review, Wellesley-Wood said, the key contributors being a R180 million share issue and claw back offer and R38 million recovered from JCI Limited and Consolidated African Mines (CAM).

Although gold production from the company’s Australasian operations was 10% lower at 79 334 ounces (2 467 kilograms) due mainly to mining and ore treatment difficulties at Porgera and to disappointing results from Emperor, production from the South African operations, excluding the discontinued North West Operations, was slightly higher at 60 733 ounces (1 889 kilograms).

A 6% increase in gold production at Blyvoor to 39 995 ounces (1 244 kilograms) reflects both continued application of the new mining plan, together with further throughput improvements achieved at the Slimes Dam Project.

Underground gold production was 7% higher at 33 115 ounces (1 030 kilograms) and surface gold production 4% higher at 6 880 ounces (214 kilograms). Development, focused on 5 and 6 Shafts, increased by 76% to 453 square metres. Blyvoor’s productivity, in terms of grams per total employee costed (g/tec), increased by 6% to 124.75 g/tec.

A six-month project is under way to determine the viability of re-establishing mining operations from Blyvoor’s 2 Shaft sub-shaft, at an estimated capital cost of R50 million (US$8.0 million). If viable, this project could restore the Life of Mine (LOM) to 20 years. At the Slimes Dam Project, an investigation is in progress to determine the potential for increasing throughput by 33% from 240 000 tonnes per month to 320 000 tonnes at an estimated capital cost of R7 million.

Gold production from the 40%-owned Crown Gold Recoveries (CGR) ERPM and Crown Surface operations was 4% and 8% lower respectively. At ERPM, technical problems – now resolved – led to a 7% decline in underground gold production to 7 433 ounces (231 kg), while gold production from the Cason surface retreatment project was 6% higher at 2 662 ounces (83kg), reflecting a 17% improvement in yield to 0.42 grams per ton.

“The South African operations are now running at a breakeven situation, meaning the option is ‘back in the money’. Our balance sheet health has been restored and this, together with our offshore cash flow, is now available to establish a new platform for growth,” said Wellesley-Wood.


South Africa
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Ilja Graulich, DRDGOLD
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James Duncan, Russell & Associates
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DRDGOLD is an intermediate unhedged gold producer with mines in South Africa as well as Australasia. The company’s production profile is split equally between its highly leveraged SA operations and its low cost, cash generative offshore mines.

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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