Cape Times

Gold output takes a knock

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GHANA’S gold output is likely to drop sharply in 2017 because of curbs on the small-scale mining that lifted production last year, but was causing damage to the environmen­t, a government official said on Saturday. Total gold output from Africa’s second largest producer was 4.1 million ounces in 2016, the highest level in nearly 40 years, up from 2.8 million ounces in 2015. The government of President Nana Akufo-Addo, who took office in January, has temporaril­y banned panning for gold, in a renewed effort to clamp down on those who do it illegally. – Reuters

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