AngloGold Ashanti said on Friday it had resumed full production at its Moab Khotsong mine in South Africa after it said on Tuesday the operation had been shut following a fatality.

The mine re-opened as of yesterday (Thursday) evening and full production has re-started, AngloGold's spokeswoman Julia Schoeman said in a statement.

Schoeman had said the mine would lose about 45 kg of gold (1,447 ounces) per day during its closure.

Moab Khotsong produced 71,000 ounces of gold in the December quarter, up 4 percent from the September quarter.

South Africa said 168 workers died in its mines last year, down 24 percent from the previous year. So far more than 30 workers have died in mines this year.

(Reporting by James Macharia)© Thomson Reuters 2009 All rights reserved