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Blyvoor reaches wage settlement with NUM, UASA

DRDGOLD Limited announced today that Blyvoor has reached a three-year wage settlement with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the United Association of South Africa (UASA).

Johannesburg, South Africa. 13 October 2011. DRDGOLD Limited (DRDGOLD; JSE: DRD, NASDAQ: DROOY) announced today that its 74%-owned Blyvooruitzicht Gold Mining Company Limited (Blyvoor) currently under business rescue proceedings in terms of Chapter 6 of the Companies Act has reached a three-year wage settlement with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the United Association of South Africa (UASA).

Key features of the settlement are:

  • a 7% annual basic wage increase for entry-level employees in job categories 4 and 5;
  • a 6% annual basic wage increase for employees in job categories 6 to 16; and
  • a profit-sharing scheme, in terms of which all employees can earn up to 8% more.

The agreement provides for a basic wage increase in the third year equivalent to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) should CPI exceed the 7% and 6% levels agreed.

DRDGOLD CEO Niël Pretorius complimented both the NUM and UASA for demonstrating understanding of Blyvoors current distressed position and of the business rescue process in progress.

The three-year span of the agreement is aligned with the envisaged span of the business rescue process, and acceptance of the profit-sharing scheme indicates positive progress towards an alignment of the interests of workers and shareholders, Pretorius said.


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