KDC Tragedy: Update
Monday, 2 July 2012
Johannesburg, 1 July 2012: Further to the initial press release issued today at 11.35am, Gold Fields Limited (Gold Fields) (JSE, NYSE, NASDAQ Dubai: GFI) regrets to confirm that five employees lost their lives at the 4 Shaft (Ya-Rona) KDC West mine, near Merafong in South Africa, after a fire broke out last night.
Gold Fields' Chief Executive Officer, Nick Holland, said: "The tragic loss of five of our colleagues at the KDC WestYa-Rona shaft is deeply shocking to all of us at Gold Fields. We extend our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to their families, friends and colleagues. We are in the process of contacting their next of kin and will do all in our power to assist them through this difficult time. We will thoroughly investigate the causes of this accident."
Executive Vice President and Head of Gold Fields' South Africa Region, Peter Turner, added: "On this particular shaft -Ya Rona - we've had 655 fatality free working days (2 years and 9 months) before this tragedy. This incident is highly regrettable in view of the significant safety improvements we've experienced on this mine. This shaft, together with the remaining 12 shafts on the KDC operation, has been closed and we will be cooperating fully with all stakeholders to investigate the cause of the accident."
Of the fourteen employees who were hospitalised on Sunday 1 July 2012 for routine observation, 3 have been discharged. The remaining 11 are in a stable condition.
Fire fighters from the Mine Rescue Services have been working around the clock to bring the fire at Ya-Rona shaft under control.
Investor enquiries: Willie Jacobsz: +44 742 934 4994
Media enquiries: Sharda Naidoo: +27 83 560 1769