Gold sales increased by 3.7% at R72.6 billion in 2019 Gold production decreased to 101.3 tonnes in 2019 At the current gold price more than half of the South African gold mining industry is marginal; South African gold only accounts for 4.2% of global gold production
Contacts. Brief history of gold mining in South Africa. INCLUDING MAJOR EVENTS. 1873. First large scale production began when alluvial deposits were discovered at Pilgrims Rest. 1884. Gold was discovered in the Witwatersrand which led to an influx of miners from around the world. 1886 . 1900.
However, according to South African History Online, these were minor reefs and credit for the discovery of the main reef on Langlaagte Farm went to Australian George Harrison in July 1886. Johannesburgs large gold deposits that ran for miles underground ensured the little mining town mushroomed into a leviathan.
Since its inception in 2009, the South African Mining Industry Safety, Health amp; Environment Awards Day has established itself as a premier event on the mining industry calendar. The main aim of the SAMI SHE Award Day is to celebrate the achievements of the industry towards Zero Harm in the South African Mining Industry.
In 1975, South Africa was responsible for producing 40% of the gold ever mined. By 2010, however, China affirmed its status as the worlds largest gold producer with production of 324 tonnes of gold, followed by Australia , and South Africa with 219.8 tonnes. Today, South Africa produces only 4.2% of the worlds gold.