The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) announced today that Gold Fields Limited’s KDC West Gold Mine (formerly Driefontein Gold Plants 1, 2 and 3) in Gauteng Province, South Africa has been re-certified in full compliance with the International Cyanide Management Code (Cyanide Code).
The KDC West Gold Mine was initially certified in compliance with the Cyanide Code in April 2009. As required under the Cyanide Code, the mine was again audited against ICMI's Verification Protocol within three-years of its previous certification by independent professional third-party auditors. ICMI has received and accepted the auditors’ Detailed Audit Findings Report, which found that the KDC West Gold Mine maintained full compliance with the Cyanide Code's Principles and Standards of Practice throughout the previous three years. The new Summary Audit Report and Auditor Credentials Form are available on the Signatory Companies Page on the ICMI web site: http://cyanidecode.org/signatory-company/gold-fields-limited. The operation must be re-audited every three years hereafter to evaluate continuing compliance with the Cyanide Code.
The Cyanide Code is a voluntary industry program for companies involved in the production of gold using cyanide and companies producing and transporting this cyanide. It was developed under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme by a multi-stakeholder Steering Committee. The Cyanide Code is intended to complement an operation's existing obligation to comply with the applicable laws and regulations of the political jurisdictions in which the operation is located.
ICMI has been established to administer the Cyanide Code, promote its adoption, evaluate its implementation, and manage the certification process. A detailed list of the operations covered by signatory companies' applications, along with the full text of the Cyanide Code and its implementing and administrative documents, are available at www.cyanidecode.org.