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We strive to be the beacon of pride for our people, our communities, our stakeholders and our shareholders

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Ongoing research shapes our community engagement

As part of our commitment to effectively engage with our communities, South Deep has been conducting relational assessments with its neighbouring communities since 2014. These studies pose a number of questions to gain insight into how community members perceive South Deep and vice versa, according to various aspects of the mine / host community relationship. The questions highlight the quality of the relationship according to four indicators: legitimacy; compatibility of interests; respect; and trust.

This work was recently featured as a case study published by Shift, a centre of expertise on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which works across continents and sectors promoting business practices that respect human dignity.

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By responding to the knowledge gained by formally assessing our relationship with our host communities, we are on a journey of improvement that has seen community support grow by 26% between 2014 and 2019.


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Find out more about how community relational assessments inform our decisions and actions.

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Zimele Poultry Farm

In 2017, South Deep funded and facilitated the establishment of the Zimele Poultry Farm, a community development project. It is co-owned by eight local community members. The farm sells thousands of chickens to hawkers and the public, playing an important role in stimulating the local economy. Farm employees have also received business training as a result of the project.

“Our knowledge has grown, and we have planned to increase our capacity. We look forward to expanding and employing more people from the community.”

Stanley Mtjanda, Zimele Poultry Farm director



Gold production in 2020 (7,056kg) showed a 2% improvement compared to 2019 (6,907kg)

Destress increased by 34% to 35,545m2 in 2020 (26,606m2 in 2019)

Ore mined increased by 7% to 1,136 tonnes in 2020 from 1,060 tonnes in 2019

Waste mined increased by 11% to 86 tonnes in 2020 from 77 tonnes in 2019

Surface remining and processing increased by 104% to 1,048.1 tonnes (514,7 tonnes in 2019). Total tonnes milled including underground ore and waste increased by 36%

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Latest update on the Silicosis Settlement: Silicosis settlement: Third notice
Tshiamiso Trust website for more information: https://www.tshiamisotrust.com/
Latest update on the Silicosis Settlement: Silicosis settlement: Third notice
Tshiamiso Trust website for more information: https://www.tshiamisotrust.com/

About South Deep

South Deep Gold Mine is a world-class bulk mechanised mining operation located in the Witwatersrand Basin, near Westonaria 50km south-west of Johannesburg, South Africa’s commercial capital.

The mine has been built to extract one of the largest known gold deposits in the world and boasts a mineral reserve of 38 million ounces. This is equivalent to almost 100,000 gold bullion bars.

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Engaged, well-compensated workforce primarily drawn from community

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63% improvement in amount of gold produced

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21% reduction in all-in-costs per kilogram of gold produced

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5% increase in reef yield

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More metres developed per rig, better quality mining

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83% increase in destressing advancement

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Backfill volume increased by 122%

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Improved drill rig reliability