introduction on gold mineral processing in south africa

gold mining process | introduction |

 integrated report 2013 | anglogold ashanti

gold mining process | introduction | integrated report 2013 | anglogold ashanti

To conduct our business and produce gold, certain inputs such as ore-bearing resources, people and machinery are required. We invest in skills enhancement, technology development and application, and in prospecting for and developing our mineral resources and ore reserves, to ensure the economic viability and sustainability of our business.

Vertical shafts and decline ramps are sunk into the ground to transport people and equipment to and from deep-level ore bodies (many are more than 1,000m below surface) and to bring the ore mined to surface.

Gold ore is processed and smelted into dor (unrefined gold bars) at our operations and dispatched to various metal refineries, including our Queiroz refinery in Brazil and Rand Refinery in South Africa.

Overarching this business model is our sustainability strategy which has as its primary aim zero harm to people and the environment. We endeavour to ensure that the communities with which we engage and society are better off for our presence.

This is integral to mine planning and development, from the start of exploration to the end of mining activity. Closure planning, which takes into account community livelihoods and land rehabilitation, continues throughout the life of an operation.

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