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Blyvoor gives notice of intention to reduce employee numbers

DRDGOLD announced today that the Business Rescue Practitioner overseeing business rescue proceedings at Blyvoor has given notice of Blyvoors intention to enter a 60-day consensus-seeking process in terms of Section 189 (3) of the Labour Relations Act with the National Union of Mineworkers and UASA The Union, to consider reducing employee numbers by approximately 500 people.

Johannesburg, South Africa. 27 September 2011. DRDGOLD Limited (DRDGOLD; JSE: DRD, NASDAQ: DROOY) announced today that the Business Rescue Practitioner overseeing business rescue proceedings at its 74%-owned Blyvooruitzicht Gold Mining Company Limited (Blyvoor) has given notice of Blyvoors intention to enter a 60-day consensus-seeking process in terms of Section 189 (3) of the Labour Relations Act with the National Union of Mineworkers and UASA The Union, to consider reducing employee numbers by approximately 500 people.

The reason for the need to consider the reduction is that Blyvoor under business rescue proceedings in terms of Chapter 6 of the Companies Act since June this year has been unable to meet production and financial targets, a situation exacerbated by higher utility costs.

Blyvoor is proposing voluntary separation and application of the principle of last in, first out as among the mechanisms to be applied to effect the required reduction in employee numbers.

Measures currently under consideration to achieve a targeted 30% improvement in the cost of production in R/kg terms and thus to avoid employee reduction, include:

  • a reduction in overtime expenditure;
  • an increase in available face time and subsequent re-organisation of shifts;
  • a re-evaluation of the profitability of 6 Shaft, 4 Shaft and the Reef Picking Project;
  • a reduction of departmental costs by 10%; and
  • revised mining plans.

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