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Sibanye ups Q1 gold output 11%, awaits ruling on strike

By: Natalie Greve Johannesburg- and New York-listed Sibanye Gold has improved its year-on-year production of gold, lifting output by 11% to 332 400 oz for the quarter ended March 31 as the company’s Driefontein, Kloof and Beatrix mines strengthened production over the three months. Gold production from the... 

Illegal mining on the decrease but still a cause for concern

By: Sashnee Moodley Illegal mining has reduced drastically in Mpumalanga, the Free State and Gauteng since Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu established Illegal Mining Stakeholder forums in 2009; however, this practice still remains a threat within the South African mining sector. Shabangu stated in... 

Illegal mining on the decrease but still a cause for concern

By: Sashnee Moodley Illegal mining has reduced drastically in Mpumalanga, the Free State and Gauteng since the Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu established Illegal Mining Stakeholder forums from 2009; however, this practice still remains a threat within the South African mining sector. 

Sibanye Gold hands over 100 family units to employees

By: Leandi Kolver Through its housing project gold mining company Sibanye Gold was adhering to the Mining Charter, which called for decent living conditions for all mining company employees, Mineral Resource Minister Susan Shabangu said last week at the handover of 100 new family accommodation units to Sibanye... 

Kloof mine, South Africa

By: Lisete Bigala A Gold Fields-owned mine, situated in Gauteng. 

Resources Watch

This week: the onerous Eskom winter surcharge may be illegal, says DRDGold; Gold Fields opens a new housing complex; and the CSIR's Phil Hobbs talks about acid mine drainage. 

New Gold Fields housing complex to accommodate 100 employees, their families

By: Megan van Wyngaardt South African gold mining company Gold Fields has opened a new employee housing project, in the in the Glenharvie community, near its Kloof Gold mine, as part of its R550-million, five -year housing programme. 

Gold Fields launches R25m Grootkloof housing complex

By: Loni Prinsloo South African gold producer Gold Fields on Friday rolled out another part of its R550-million employee housing project in the Glenharvie community near its Kloof mine. The new R25-million Grootkloof complex will provide accommodation for about 100 Kloof employees and their families. Gold Fields... 

New-order mining rights approved for gold mine expansion project

Precious-metals producer Gold Fields reported last month that the South African Department of Mineral Resources has approved the conversion of the South Deep old-order mining rights into new-order mining rights [in terms of the requirements of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act... 

Gold Fields says Q3 output in line with February guidance

By: Chanel de Bruyn South Africa-based miner Gold Fields expected to see a significant improvement in its fourth quarter production figures, with CEO Nick Holland saying that it was pleasing that all four its local mines were now operating at levels close to those prevailing in the pre-Christmas quarters. The gold... 

Gold Fields warns of lower Q3 production

By: Chanel de Bruyn South African miner Gold Fields on Tuesday warned that its output for the third quarter of the 2010 financial year would be about 5% lower than the 850 000 oz it had previously announced. The gold major had decided to accelerate the replacement of a water pump column in the Main Shaft at its... 

Gold major targeting 33% improvement in safety performance

By: Jonathan Faurie If diversified mining major Anglo American is able to achieve its ‘Zero Harm’ target, the company will set the safety precedent for the industry reported Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland. 

Operations at affected area of Kloof mine to resume on Wednesday

By: Esmarie Swanepoel South African gold producer Gold Fields reported that operations at its Kloof mine, near Carletonville, were likely to restart in the area affected by an earlier fatality, later on Wednesday. It was expected that an inspectorate of the Department of Mineral Resources would complete its... 

Gold Fields Q1 output steady, adjusted earnings drop

By: Creamer Media Reporter South African gold-miner Gold Fields’ adjusted earnings declined by 34% to R625-million in the quarter ended September 30, 2009, compared with R949-million in the previous quarter, while gold production at 906 000 oz remained largely unchanged. The company posted first quarter adjusted earnings... 

Gold Fields’ Kloof No.4 shaft reopened after fatality

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Underground operations at the No. 4 shaft of gold producer Gold Field’s Kloof mine, in Gauteng, resumed operations in the early hours of Friday morning. Operations at the shaft were suspended on Wednesday, after an underground fatality was reported. The Department of Minerals and Energy had... 

Kloof shaft still closed after Wednesday’s fatality

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The No. 4 shaft at gold producer Gold Fields’ Kloof mine, in Gauteng, was still closed on Thursday, after a fatality occurred the previous day. Gold Fields spokesperson Julian Gwillim said that an inspector from the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) had visited the site on Thursday... 

Gold Fields shuts Kloof shaft after fatality

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Operations at South African gold producer Gold Fields’ No,4 shaft, at the Kloof mine west of Johannesburg, have been suspended as the company investigated a fatality. Spokesperson Julian Gwillim told Mining Weekly Online that a miner had been killed during an underground cleaning operation, and... 

Gold Fields to boost Q4 output by 4%

By: Chanel de Bruyn South Africa-based gold-miner Gold Fields would again increase its gold production by 4% in the fourth quarter of the 2009 financial year, it said on Friday. In May, the company reported that it had increased production by 4% to 871 000 oz in the third quarter, saying it was expecting to achieve... 

Gold Fields resumes production at Driefontein mine

By: Chanel de Bruyn Production at gold major Gold Fields’ Driefontein mine, near Carletonville, resumed on Tuesday afternoon, following the death of two workers on Saturday morning. Five employees were trapped underground at the No 5 shaft of the mine after a seismic event, measuring 3,5 on the Richter scale,... 

Gold Fields’ Driefontein mine closed after weekend deaths 

By: Chanel de Bruyn Gold major Gold Fields’ Driefontein mine, near Carletonville, remained closed on Monday, following the death of two employees at the weekend. Gold Fields spokesperson Willie Jacobsz explained that a seismic event, measuring 3,5 on the Richter scale, had occurred in the region on Saturday morning... 

Gold Fields reports three fatalities in two days

By: Esmarie Swanepoel JSE-listed Gold Fields on Wednesday confirmed that two employees had been fatally injured in a seismically induced fall of ground accident, at the number 7 shaft, at the Kloof mine, on the West Rand. The seismic event measured 1,5 on the Richter scale. This followed a separate accident at the... 

One worker dead, another missing at Gold Fields’ Kloof mine – union

By: Creamer Media Reporter The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday reported that rescue teams have been dispatched to search for a missing worker at Goldfields’ Kloof mine. Two workers were trapped in the number 7 shaft, after a seismic event, measuring 1,5 of the Richter scale, took place on Tuesday evening.... 

Drill speeds up development and secondary drilling

By: Beth Shirley Mining and construction specialist company Sandvik has developed a second generation single-boom hydraulic drill system, mounted on an underground locomotive, that is being extensively trialled at two gold mines owned by gold-miner Gold Fields. The system is known as a locomotive drill rig. 

Gold-miner implements Clean Development Mechanism projects

By: Jacqueline Holman Gold mining company Gold Fields is implementing a number of clean development mechanism (CDM) projects at its South African operations. 

Gold Fields will meet output guidance, beat cost target

By: Liezel Hill Johannesburg-based gold major Gold Fields expects to report production of about 840 000 oz for the last three months of this year (the company's fiscal second quarter), which means that it will meet earlier output guidance for the period. Costs are expected to be lower than forecast, thanks to... 

SA gold output unlikely to buck downward trend soon

By: Chanel de Bruyn Some recovery in South Africa's gold production was to be expected in the next year or two, although this was likely to keep production flat, rather than lead to a significant increase or decline, MacQuarie First South gold analyst Dave Hall commented on Friday. Statistics South Africa on... 

Sludge level analyser undergoes trial period

By: Darren Parker An automatic sludge level and effluent turbidity analyser has been installed at gold miner Gold Fields’ Kloof gold mine for a three-month trial basis and has proven to be an “invaluable” asset to the mine’s milling operations, says Kloof mine official Gerald Solai. 

Gold Fields sees higher quarterly output, eyes acquisitions

By: Esmarie Swanepoel JSE-listed gold producer Gold Fields was likely to reach its short-term production target of one-million ounces in the March quarter, CEO Nick Holland said on Wednesday. The company, Africa’s second-largest gold producer, produced 798 000 oz in the September quarter, which was down 7% on the... 

Gold Fields reopens Kloof, Driefontein after deaths

By: Esmarie Swanepoel South African gold producer Gold Fields on Friday stated that the Section 54 Orders at both the Driefontein and Kloof gold mines had been lifted by the Department of Minerals and Energy, and that both operations had resumed production. The Section 54 Order was lifted at the Kloof mine on Friday... 

South Deep gold mine expansion, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas The aim of the project is to increase gold production to 800 000 oz/y, from the current 270 000 oz/y at the South Deep gold mine. 

Eskom shows interest in the three-chamber system

By: Jonathan Faurie State-owned power utility Eskom has outlined its willingness to assist companies in implementing systems which will contribute towards energy saving projects, reports mining equipment manufacturing company, Hydro Power Equipment (HPE). 

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