About this initiative

This is Gold is an initiative begun by South African gold producers to provide insight into the gold industry, its processes and its contribution. We aim to provide honest, balanced information that can be used to understand the history of gold mining in South Africa, the work being done by the industry now and the plans in place for the industry’s future.

On this website you’ll find all the latest news from the companies and media updates on the gold industry. There are factsheets that address various talking points in the industry, FAQs to answer common questions, and case studies to highlight what we are doing as companies and an industry. There is also a link through to the Gold Wage Negotiations site for updates on the collective bargaining process.

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The gold producers

AngloGold Ashanti

AngloGold Ashanti is a global gold mining and exploration company with a diverse portfolio of mining operations and projects on four continents. Working across the full spectrum of the mining value chain, safety and the sustainability of the company’s operating activities remain a core focus for management.

The company is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. It has operations in South Africa, the DRC, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Namibia, Tanzania, Australia, Argentina, Brazil and the United States. Across these operations it employs around 51,500 people, including contractors.

Gold Fields

Gold Fields Limited is a globally diversified gold producer with seven operating mines in Australia, Ghana, Peru and South Africa, and a total attributable annual gold-equivalent production of approximately 2.2 million ounces.

It has attributable gold Mineral Reserves of around 49 million ounces and gold Mineral Resources of around 104 million ounces. Attributable copper Mineral Reserves total 764 million pounds and Mineral Resources 4,881 million pounds. Gold Fields employs around 18,500 people, including contractors.


Harmony, a gold mining and exploration company, conducts its activities in South Africa, one of the world's best-known gold mining regions, and in Papua New Guinea, one of the world's premier new gold-copper regions. Harmony, which has more than six decades of experience, was South Africa's third largest gold producer in FY17 and is currently growing a significant gold-copper portfolio in Papua New Guinea.

As at 30 June 2017 Harmony holds a total attributable gold equivalent mineral resource of 104.3Moz and employes around 33,000 people globally.


Sibanye-Stillwater, an independent, global, precious metals mining company, produces a unique mix of metals that includes gold and PGMs. Globally, Sibanye-Stillwater, is the third largest producer of platinum and palladium, and features among the world’s top gold producing companies.

At 31 December 2017, Sibanye-Stillwater’s market capitalisation was R34.3 billion; US$2.7 billion (2016: R23.6 billion; US$1.7 billion). Sibanye-Stillwater is a significant employer, providing jobs for more than 65,000 people globally.