However, the richest of these shafts are aging, with some veins from KDC 50 to 75 years old! Ramping up production at these world-class mines requires the miners to dig deeper — more than two miles down in many places — to find more gold. Consequently, total notional costs (extraction, general and administrative and capital expenditures) are rising. Weighted-average total costs at the South African operations have increased to $1,401 per ounce, double the cost of two years ago.
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