SHOWCASE MINE OF THE WEEK - TAUTONA GOLD MINE!!
TauTona, AngloGold Ashanti’s gold mine in the West Wits region of South Africa, ranks as the second deepest mine in the world. Although mining at TauTona currently takes place at depths ranging from between 1.85km to 3.45km, its mining depth was extended to 3.9km underground with the addition of a secondary shaft in 2008. TauTona mining operations began in 1962 with the construction of 800km of tunnels. The mine operated with three shafts. AngloGold Ashanti started changing the mining method at TauTona from longwall to scattered-grid mining in 2007. It produced 189,000oz of gold in 2012. The estimated ore reserve stood at 1.713Moz as of December 2012. On 28 February 2018, AngloGold Ashanti put the TauTona mine (including the Savuka section) into orderly closure - Mining Technology.