South African gold output fell 10.1 percent in volume terms, while overall mineral production declined 2.0 percent in April compared to the same month in the previous year, official data showed on Thursday.
Production of non-gold minerals fell by 0.7 percent in April, Statistics South Africa added.
Mining output in South Africa has taken a hit after state-owned power utility Eskom [ESCJ.UL] struggled to provide sufficient power to mines, following a near collapse in the electricity grid in January, which led to a five-day countrywide mine shutdown.
Eskom has since supplied around 90 to 95 percent power to mines in the country. (Reporting by Gordon Bell)
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