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Gold Fields plans to raise productivity

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Cape Town, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 02 February 2010 – Gold Fields Limited “’ Africa’s second-biggest producer of the metal “’ is looking for ways to raise productivity in the wake of forced work stoppages last year.

“There are a number of ongoing initiatives to enhance production,” said Gold Fields spokesman Julian Gwillim in a telephone interview here with Bloomberg News. “A six-day working week is one of the issues.”

Gold Fields was negotiating with unions to increase the work schedules of about 10 000 employees, according to a Sunday Times report.

Last month Gold Fields reduced its estimate for so-called attributable output in the second quarter by 25 000 ounces to 900 000 ounces. Almost a third of December output at the company’s Driefontein mine was lost after a seismic event forced the mine to partially shut.