SHOWCASE GOLD MINE OF THE WEEK - SOUTH DEEP!!
South Deep gold mine located 45km south-west of Johannesburg in the Witwatersrand Basin, South Africa, is the second largest gold mine in the world. The managed mineral reserve at South Deep as of December 2012 stood at 39.1Moz. South Deep is also the seventh deepest mine in the world with a mine depth up to 2,995m below the surface. South Deep was known by the name Western Areas Gold Mine until 2000. Mining operations at the site started in 1961. Goldfields became the owner and operator of the South Deep gold mine in 2006. The underground gold mine is operated through two shaft systems, known as the South Shaft complex and the Twin Shaft complex. South Deep produced 270,000oz of gold in 2012. The mine is undergoing a major development project to increase its annual production to about 700,000oz. The mine life of South deep is expected to be extended up to 2092 - Mining Technology.
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