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One of our aspirations is to be the beacon of pride for our people, our communities, our stakeholders and our shareholders

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The South DeepKhanyisa Solar Plant

 

In February 2021, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) approved Gold Fields’ application for the construction of a 40MW solar power plant at South Deep. In June 2021, the South African Government announced an increase in the embedded generation threshold to 100MW. Read more

Interesting facts:

  • Electricity currently comprises 10% of South Deep's annual cost
  • Electricity currently comprises 93% of South Deep's carbon emissions
  • The solar plant will result in annual savings of R123 million (24% of electricity costs) and will reduce our carbon emissions by over 110,000 tonnes
  • Construction of the solar plant will create 240 project jobs
  • 12 permanent jobs will be created
  • To cover an area of 105ha (roughly 200 soccer fields)
  • If all the solar panels were lined up next to each other end to end on the short side it would cover a distance of 115km. Traveling at 115km/h it would take a full hour to drive the length of the panels lined up next to each other. If all the solar panels were lined up next to each other end to end on the long side it would cover a distance of 230km. Traveling at 115km/h it would take two hours to drive the length of the panels lined up next to each other.
  • With two solar panels per length of structure if all the structures were lined up next to each other end to end it would cover a distance of 64km. This is roughly the distance from Johannesburg to South Deep.
 
Ongoing research shapes our community engagement

As part of our commitment to effectively engage with our communities, South Deep has been conducting relational assessments with its neighbouring communities since 2014. These studies pose a number of questions to gain insight into how community members perceive South Deep and vice versa, according to various aspects of the mine / host community relationship.

The questions highlight the quality of the relationship according to four indicators: legitimacy; compatibility of interests; respect; and trust.

This work was recently featured as a case study published by Shift, a centre of expertise on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which works across continents and sectors promoting business practices that respect human dignity.

Read the full case study here

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We strive to be transparent, inclusive and fair in selecting businesses to work with us, and we recently introduced an online process to make this easier.

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Potential suppliers can pre-register via our website by following this link to our Working with South Deep page. This process allows you to tell us what goods and services you offer and receive alerts about tenders and opportunities that match your offerings.

    On this page, we also:
  • advertise opportunities and invite Expressions of Interest (EOI)
  • explain and give access to the process you need to follow to respond to advertised opportunities
  • provide links to information that will better prepare you to respond to opportunities

Find out more about Working with South Deep here

At South Deep, our journey towards being a beacon of pride means not only meeting but exceeding the targets proposed in the Mining Charter 2010 guidelines for Inclusive Procurement, Supplier and Enterprise Development while contributing to socio-economic development of communities we operate in. Our Mine’s targets are outlined on page 83 and 84 of our Social and Labour Plan, which can be accessed here. We reflect periodically on how we are doing in terms of how we are achieving our targets, and this information is reflected on our Procurement performance page here.

RESULTS
Q1-2022

HIGHLIGHTS

We produced 78 koz of gold a small improvement of 2% when compared to Q4 2021.

Surface tonnes milled increased by 15% to 332kt compared to 288kt in the previous quarter

It cost us 3% less to produce a kilogram of gold than it did in the previous quarter

Development increased by 8% to 1,562 metres compared to the previous quarter.

In total, the area we destressed in the past quarter was 1,185m2

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OPPORTUNITIES

TO WORK AT SOUTH DEEP
Latest update on the Silicosis Settlement: Silicosis settlement: Third notice
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Tshiamiso Trust website for more information: https://www.tshiamisotrust.com/
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Latest update on the Silicosis Settlement: Silicosis settlement: Third notice
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Tshiamiso Trust website for more information: https://www.tshiamisotrust.com/

About South Deep

South Deep Gold Mine is a world-class bulk mechanised mining operation located in the Witwatersrand Basin, near Westonaria 50km south-west of Johannesburg, South Africa’s commercial capital.

The mine has been built to extract one of the largest known gold deposits in the world and boasts a mineral reserve of 38 million ounces. This is equivalent to almost 100,000 gold bullion bars.

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