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Production halved at biggest Gold Fields mine

Number Nine shaft
at Gold Fields
Limited’s Driefontein
gold mine
Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 15 December 2009 – The biggest mine of Gold Fields Limited “’ Africa’s second- largest miner of the metal the world’s fourth-biggest gold producer “’ is producing at half its normal rate following an earth tremor last week.

Revealing this to Bloomberg News here in a mobile phone interview, Solidarity labour union spokesman Reint Dykema said:“The night shift is not back yet, so they’re on half production.”

The government ordered that the Driefontein mine “’ which is situated about 70 km west of Johannesburg “’ be temporarily shut after two workers were killed in the earth tremor. Driefontein accounted for about 21% of Gold Fields production in the quarter ended 30 September, when it produced 189 500 ounces.

The National Union of Mineworkers will hold a day of mourning, possibly on Thursday, spokesman Deon Boqwana said by mobile phone. A total of seven employees died at Driefontein, which has more than 15 000 workers, in the 12 months to 30 June 2009.