Mining operations to resume at Driefontein
Thursday, 29 November 2007
Gold Fields Limited (Gold Fields) (NYSE, JSE, DIFX: GFI) reports that following a meeting with the Principal Inspector, Gauteng of the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME), the Section 54, which halted all tramming at Driefontein Gold Mine, has been lifted and normal mining operations will resume with the morning shift of Friday, November 30, 2007.
Terence Goodlace, executive vice president and head of Gold Fields South African operations, said today that every effort would be made to make up lost production.
He added: “We remain committed to safe working at all our mines and we will endeavour to ensure that no-one comes to harm while carrying out duties. Safety is, and has always been the number one priority within Gold Fields.”
The risk assessment and safety audit under a DME Section 54, relating to pillar mining at Kloof, continues. Approximately half of the pillars have been audited and only seven percent of the mine’s output remains affected. It is expected that Kloof will be fully operational within 24 hours.