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SA miners quit World Gold Council

Johannesburg - Gold Fields quit the World Gold Council to save money.

AngloGold Ashanti, the world’s third-biggest producer of the metal, also left the organisation.

Gold bars and granules. File photo: Reuters. Credit: REUTERS

Gold Fields’ decision was “purely a cost issue,” spokesman Willie Jacobsz said today by phone.

“Members pay per ounce of metal produced and with all the cost-cutting we’ve seen, especially here at Gold Fields, we’ve had a look very carefully at our membership of all sorts of organisations around the world.”

AngloGold spokesman Stewart Bailey couldn’t be reached for comment.

The WGC is the gold industry’s market-development organisation and its members include Barrick Gold and Newmont Mining, the largest producers.

The council “regrets” the departures, it said today in an e-mailed statement.

“We thank them for all their support and hope that there will be an opportunity in the future to welcome them back.”

AngloGold and Gold Fields have been slashing costs in the past year as they seek to adjust to a gold price that has fallen 21 percent since the beginning of last year.

Gold Fields chief executive Nick Holland led the council to adopt so-called all-in cost reporting for miners last year to give investors a better understanding of producers’ profit margins and help them compare performance.

Such expenses exceed traditional cash costs because they include outlays such as capital spending, administration and exploration. - Bloomberg News

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