South African gold outputfell 10.9 percent in volume terms, while overall mineral production declined17.2 percent in March compared to the same month in the previous year, officialdata showed on Tuesday.

Production of non-goldminerals fell by 18.1 percent in March, Statistics South Africa added.

Mining output in SouthAfrica has taken a hit after state-owned power utility Eskom [ESCJ.UL]struggled to provide sufficient power to mines, following a near collapse inthe electricity grid in January, which led to a five-day countrywide mineshutdown.

Eskom has since suppliedaround 90 to 95 percent to mines in the country. (Reporting by James Macharia)

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