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The World’s Deepest Gold Mine

by Joshua Miguel on 02/05/09 at 7:25 am

The world’s deepest gold mine is located near Johannesburg, the provincial capital of South Africa’s wealthiest province.

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Mining is a major industry in South Africa. This is also where the world’s deepest and largest working mine is located. That famous mine is called Tau Tona. The name literally means “great lion” in the local language which began its operation in 1962. Its main shaft is 3.6 km deep and consists of 800 km of tunneling. Its depth is equivalent to ten (10) Empire State Building.


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One of the world’s fastest elevators can also be found in Tau Tona. The mine has three elevators. The main elevator with height of almost 2 kilometers works at a rate of 15 meters/second. The fastest elevator recorded so far is that of Taipei 101 building in Taiwan which can travel up to 1,010 meters per minute or 16.83 meters/second.

Tau Tona supplies almost half of the world’s gold requirement – no wonder it is also called the city of gold. Gold production in the year 2007 was 12,714kg (409,000oz) while in 2006 it yielded 14,736kg (474,000oz) of gold.


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Tau Tona is located near Johannesburg, the provincial capital of South Africa’s wealthiest province. Sadly, this mine not only produces gold but it also recorded fatalities among its workers. Tau Tona employs more than 5,000 miners. Average of five miners die in accidents each year. The accident was mostly triggered by earthquakes hitting the area. In 2007, reported death was more than 20 employees.


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K Kristie

May 2nd, 2009

10 Empire State Buildings deep? Wow! Excellent post!

MMV Abad

May 2nd, 2009

Interesting Joshua :) I learned something new today.

Glynis Smy

May 2nd, 2009

Where’s my spade?! LOL
Interesting article.

Used to be Shelly

May 2nd, 2009

that’s amazing nice article

Joie Schmidt

May 2nd, 2009

What an interesting, unique article!*



-Liane Schmidt.

Karen Gross

May 2nd, 2009

Great article, very well written, with nice illustations.
I don’t think I would want to ride that elevator!


May 2nd, 2009

Informative article,and new topic.

Bo Russo

May 3rd, 2009

Never heard of it,cool research,I’m with Karen on the elevator,not for me.

kate smedley

May 3rd, 2009

Very informative and enjoyable.


May 3rd, 2009

a very interesting article.

Jo Oliver

May 3rd, 2009

that is amazing. It is such a shame that Africa uses it resources to harm its’ natives…instead of make them prosper.


May 5th, 2009

Fantastic artile that is enjoyable to read and informative.


May 20th, 2009

wow… wish i can go there and get some! lol!


Jun 12th, 2009

Makes you look at your wedding ring in a whole new way. Those who argue the price of gold, also argues the value of lives lost to bring it up from the womb of the earth…


Mar 31st, 2010

Hi, I have been there today (31March2010). Guys just try to go down there underground, it is amazing !!! -)

Peter Mac

Feb 3rd, 2012

HHHHMMM, all about money I think!! 5 miners die a year? 5 too many!!

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