DRDGoldMiningmx reports that on Monday evening an armed gang which stole an estimated 17kg of gold from the premises of DRDGold’s Ergo operations east of Johannesburg fatally wounded the firm’s chief security officer.  

The gang gained entry to the firm’s Ergo plant and the officer was killed during an exchange of gun fire.  The gang escaped with a quantity of calcine concentrate, estimated to contain up to 17kg of gold.  DRDGold’s board of directors extended their “deepest condolences” to Bart Coetzee’s family, colleagues and friends.  “We are outraged by this callous and cowardly attack and will give our full support to the South African Police Service to ensure that these criminals, and the people they work for, are brought to justice,” said Niël Pretorius, CEO of DRDGold.  Metal theft is endemic in SA’s gold industry and protecting mines from armed gangs and syndicates specialising in gold theft is an expensive business.

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