Johannesburg has a unique history. If not for mining, there would be no city. The mines, however, did not come to the city, rather the city came to the mines. What resulted was poorly regulated urbanisation and hundreds of thousands of people living in close proximity to former mining infrastructure and mine dumps. Conventional environmental and closure standards are proving inadequate to contain the impacts of mining on surrounding communities.
DRDGOLD’s operating footprint spans this legacy in both Johannesburg and in the East Rand and Far West Rand. An integral part of our mining process is to remedy the negative aspects of that legacy both by rehabilitating through mining (the recycling of old mine dumps and slimes dams) and by vegetating those that have been a permanent feature of the surrounding landscape.