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South African Gold Output Down 10.1% in April

Written By Luke Burgess

Posted June 19, 2008


South African gold output fell 10.1% in volume terms, while overall mineral production declined 2.0% in April compared to the same month in the previous year. Statistics South Africa added that production of non-gold minerals also fell by 0.7% in April.

Mining output in South Africa has taken a hit after State-owned power utility Eskom struggled to provide sufficient power to mines, following a near collapse in the electricity grid in January, which led to a five-day countrywide mine shutdown. Eskom has since supplied around 90% to 95% power to mines in the country.

– luke