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2020. 11. 5.· For many years until 2006, South Africa was the world's dominant gold producer. More recently, other countries have surpassed South Africa, although none has approached the country's peak production which occurred in the 1970s. This was the boom period for South African gold mining with production peaking in 1970 at more than 1,000 tonnes and the gold price reaching $850/oz in 1980.