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South Deep hands over Poortjie housing project

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Johannesburg, 20 November 2014: Gold Fields' South Deep mine is pleased to announce the handover of 13 homes to elderly residents in the Poortjie settlement.

Gold Fields recently completed the reconstruction of the dilapidated homes in Poortjie, where thirteen elderly residents have been waiting for years for decent housing. The houses, re-built at a cost of R1,4-million, were handed over to their new owners today.

The project resulted in the creation of 17 jobs, nine of which were filled by locals with the remaining eight going to residents of the surrounding region of the West Rand District Municipality.

The 40 square meters, two bedroom houses will be equipped with solar geysers ensuring the residents have access to hot water while maintaining energy efficiency. Gold Fields has engaged with the community members of Poortjie on a regular basis and the occupation of the houses will take place later this month.

Other community projects that South Deep is currently involved in include the R4-million restoration of the historic Healdtown College building near Fort Beaufort in the Eastern Cape, as well as building and donating 150 housing units - at a cost of R28-million - in the Westonaria Local Municipality, as part of the upliftment programme for the Bekkersdal settlement.

Commenting on Gold Fields' commitment to community upliftment, Nico Muller, EVP of Gold Fields' South Africa Region, said: "Gold Fields recognizes the importance of making meaningful contributions to the communities in and around the areas in which we operate. We feel privileged to be able to make a difference to the elderly who have waited so long for housing. This project and the others we have been involved with have made a meaningful contribution to job creation, upliftment of local communities, poverty alleviation and empowerment and we look forward to future engagement and collaboration with the local municipalities."

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