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No underground drilling and blasting at ERPM’s Far East Vertical Shaft currently

DRDGOLD Limited announced today that no drilling and blasting is taking place currently at the ERPM gold mine at Boksburg on South Africa’s East Rand.

Johannesburg, South Africa, 3 November, 2008. DRDGOLD Limited (JSE: DRD; NASDAQ: DROO) announced today that no drilling and blasting is taking place currently at the ERPM gold mine of its 74%-held subsidiary, DRDGOLD South African Operations (Pty) Limited (DRDGOLD SA), at Boksburg on South Africa’s East Rand.

On 23 October 2008, DRDGOLD announced that it could become necessary to halt underground drilling and blasting as a consequence of the cessation of pumping of Central Witwatersrand Basin water from ERPM’s South West Vertical (SWV) Shaft on 6 October 2008. Pumping was ceased for safety reasons, following the asphyxiation of two employees underground at the SWV Shaft on 19 September.

DRDGOLD CEO-Designate Niel Pretorius said today: “The underground pumping infrastructure at ERPM’s South East Vertical (SEV) Shaft is currently unable to cope with both the rising level of water in the Central Witwatersrand Basin and water generated from ice supplied underground from surface to the mine’s only producing shaft, the Far East Vertical (FEV) Shaft, on a daily basis to cool the working places.

“Currently, therefore, we are unable to supply ice underground to adequately cool the working areas and are thus unable to send production crews underground. We have therefore halted all drilling and blasting operations at ERPM.

“We continue to engage with all stakeholders – notably government and unions – in discussions regarding these circumstances and how best to manage them.”

Avenues of investigation include the installation of additional pumping capacity at the FEV Shaft but initial indications are that this would be costly and would take several months to implement, Pretorius said.


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