In South Africa, AngloGold Ashanti has six deep-level mines and a surface operation which are divided into two regions, Vaal River and West Wits:
- Vaal River operations include: Great Noligwa, Kopanang, Moab Khotsong and the surface operation; and
- West Wits operations include: Mponeng, Savuka and TauTona.
These operations produced 1.212Moz of gold in 2012, equivalent to 31% of group production. The South Africa operations employed 34,186 people during the year (2011: 32,082), of whom 4,446 (13%) were contractors and 29,740 (87%) permanent employees. This was equivalent to 52% of the group's total workforce.
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AngloGold Ashanti has eight mining operations in five countries in its Continental Africa region:
- Ghana: Iduapriem and Obuasi
- Guinea: Siguiri
- Mali: Morila, Sadiola and Yatela
- Namibia: Navachab
- Tanzania: Geita
Combined production from these operations increased by 5% to 1.57Moz of gold in 2011, equivalent to 36% of group production. Declines in production at the Siguiri, Obuasi, Yatela and Navachab operations were more than offset by increases at Geita, Iduapriem, Sadiola and Morila. Production at Geita rose by 38%. The region employed an average of 16,621 people in 2012. The total attributable Mineral Resource (inclusive of the Ore Reserve) associated with the mining operations in Continental Africa totalled 73.01Moz at year-end (2011: 76.50Moz), with an attributable Ore Reserve of 27.59Moz (2011: 28.02Moz). Thsi amounts to 30% of the group's Mineral Resource and 37% of its Ore Reserve.
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AngloGold Ashanti’s Australasian assets comprise the wholly owned Sunrise Dam and the 70% owned Tropicana Gold Project which was under construction during 2012.
Sunrise Dam is located in the northern goldfields of Western Australia, 220km northeast of Kalgoorlie and 55km south of Laverton. The mine will transition from a combined open pit and underground operation to solely underground mining during 2013. Mining is conducted by contractors and the ore is treated in a conventional gravity and carbon-in-leach (CIL) processing plant, which is owner-managed.
Production from Australasia rose by 5% to 258,000oz in 2012 as operations at Sunrise Dam recovered from flood related disruption (excessive rainfall, pit flooding and pit-wall failure) the previous year. Total cash costs decreased by 15% to $1,211/oz (2011: $1,431/oz) as volumes rose.
At the end of 2012, the total attributable Mineral Resource (inclusive of the Ore Reserve) for the Australasia Region was 8.34Moz (2011: 7.45Moz) and the attributable Ore Reserve, 3.91Moz (2011: 4.26Moz). This makes up around 3% and 5% of the group’s Mineral Resource and Ore Reserve respectively. The Mineral Resource for Tropicana grew by 1Moz at year end to 5.52Moz.
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Australia Links:To download the Australia Region Commercial terms and conditions click here.
Find information on the Tropicana project at the Tropicana JV site.
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You can see more pictures of our Australian operation, Sunrise Dam, here.
The Americas Region is an important growth area for AngloGold Ashanti, with operations in Argentina, in Brazil, and in the United States. Combined production from the operations in this region increased by 7% to 953,000oz (2011: 891,000oz) in 2012. These operations now contribute about 24% towards group production (2011: 21%).
At the end of 2012, the total attributable Mineral Resource (inclusive of Ore Reserve) for the Americas Region, was 61.59Moz (2011: 49.29Moz) and the attributable Ore Reserve, 11.01Moz (2011: 10.89Moz). This makes up around 25% and 15% of the group’s Mineral Resource and Ore Reserve respectively.
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