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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Form 6-K
Report of Foreign Private Issuer
Pursuant to Rules 13a-16 or 15d-16 under
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Dated 25 April 2018
Commission File Number: 001-31318
GOLD FIELDS LIMITED
(Translation of registrant’s name into English)
150 Helen Rd.
Sandown, Sandton 2196
South Africa
(Address of principal executive offices)
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover Form 20-F or Form 40-F.
Form 20-F
Form 40-F

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JOHANNESBURG. 25 April 2018:
Gold Fields Limited (NYSE & JSE: GFI) is pleased to provide an operational
update for the quarter ended 31 March 2018. Detailed financial and operational results are provided on a six-
monthly basis i.e. at the end of June and December.
Key Statistics
United States Dollars
Quarter
Figures are in millions unless otherwise stated
March
2018
December
2017
March
2017
Gold produced*
oz (000)
490
546
497
Continuing operations
490
546
483
Discontinued operations
  14
Tonnes milled/treated
000
8,372
8,450
8,665
Continuing operations
8,372
8,450
8,545
Discontinued operations
  120
Revenue
US$/oz
1,316
1,275
1,216
Continuing operations
1,316
1,275
1,216
Discontinued operations
1,218
Operating costs
US$/tonne
43
43
42
Continuing operations
43
43
41
Discontinued operations
126
All-in sustaining costs
US$/oz
955
959
1,016
Continuing operations
955
959
1,003
Discontinued operations
1,434
Total all-in cost
US$/oz
1,150
1,115
1,114
Continuing operations
1,150
1,115
1,104
Discontinued operations
1,434
Net debt
US$m
1,373
1,303
1,241
*All of the key statistics are managed figures from continuing operations, except for gold produced which is attributable equivalent production.
**Cash flow from operating activities (which is net of tax) less net capital expenditure, environmental payments and financing costs.
All operations are wholly owned except for Tarkwa and Damang in Ghana (90.0 per cent) and Cerro Corona in Peru (99.5 per cent).
Gold produced (and sold) throughout this report includes copper gold equivalents of approximately 7 per cent of Group production.
STOCK DATA FOR THE 3 MONTHS ENDED 31 MARCH 2018
Number of shares in issue
NYSE – (GFI)
– at end March 2018
860,614,217
Range – Quarter
US$3.73 – US$4.42
– average for the quarter
860,614,217
Average Volume – Quarter
4,153,165 shares/day
Free Float
100 per cent
JSE LIMITED – (GFI)
ADR Ratio
1:1
Range – Quarter
ZAR43.95 – ZAR55.43
Bloomberg/Reuters                                GFISJ/GFLJ.J
Average Volume – Quarter
1,975,568 shares/day
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Gold Fields 2018 Operating Update March Quarter
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Statement by Nick Holland,
Chief Executive Officer of Gold Fields
Q1 2018 Performance
2018 is the second year of Gold Fields' reinvestment programme.
Following a strong year in 2017, in Q1 2018 the Damang
reinvestment project continued to progress according to plan, the
Gruyere project has been impacted by severe weather and South
Deep performed below expectation. However, the international
operations continue to perform well, in most cases exceeding their
budgets for the quarter.

Attributable equivalent gold production for the quarter was 1%
lower YoY (10% lower QoQ) at 490koz (production in Q1 2017
included 14koz from Darlot, which was divested in Q4 2017). All-in
sustaining costs (AISC) were 6% lower YoY (flat QoQ) at
US$955/oz and all-in costs (AIC) were 3% higher YoY (3% higher
QoQ) at US$1,150/oz. The average US$ gold price achieved in the
quarter was 8% or US$100/oz higher YoY (3% higher QoQ) at
US$1,316/oz. The average Australian dollar for the quarter was
0.79 (5% stronger YoY and 3% stronger QoQ), while the average
South African rand for the quarter was 12.01 (9% stronger YoY and
12% stronger QoQ).

Despite the higher level of project capital being spent by the Group
as well as the payment of the FY17 dividend during the quarter,
there was only a modest increase in the net debt balance to
US$1,373m from US$1,303m at 31 December 2017.
Regional performance
Managed production in Ghana for Q1 2018 was 167koz, down 4%
YoY (down 4% QoQ), with AIC of US$1,163/oz, up 1% YoY (up 10%
QoQ), as spending on the Damang reinvestment project continued
during the quarter. Gold equivalent production at Cerro Corona was
flat YoY (14% lower QoQ) at 69koz, with AIC of US$677 per
equivalent ounce, up 8% YoY (down 5% QoQ). The Australian region
(continuing operations) produced 224koz for the quarter, up 6% YoY
(down 2% QoQ), with AIC of A$1,094/oz (US$861/oz), down 11%
YoY (down 19% QoQ).
South Deep
South Deep had a tough start to 2018, with production in Q1 2018
4% higher YoY but 41% lower QoQ at 1,485kg (48koz). AIC for the
quarter was R677,495/kg, down 13% YoY (up 18% QoQ).

Production for the quarter was impacted by the slow production
build up after the seasonal holidays; two labour restructuring
processes that took place at the end of 2017 and during the quarter;
and a change in underground working shift arrangements
implemented to increase productivity. Although necessary to create
a platform for sustainable and consistent performance, these
changes have inevitably created workforce uncertainty and a
disruption of operations. The labour restructuring comprised 47
personnel at managerial levels and approximately 260 personnel at
lower levels. The restructuring was done to streamline organisational
levels and increase spans of control and was effected through a
combination of voluntary and statutory processes. The change in
underground shift arrangements effected in early April have
provided a longer shift of 11.5 hours instead of the previous 9.5
hours. The intention is to increase the effective time on the face and
it will take some time to see the impact of the change.

In addition continued low mobile equipment reliability, the
intersection of active geological features (faults and dykes) in the
high-grade corridor 3 and poor ground conditions in the composites
(far western part of the orebody) slowed production rates.
Production for the month of April 2018 was further impacted by a
22-day DMR safety related stoppage to re-support back areas in
two of the critical new mine access ramps, which account for half of
total production for the mine.

The mine team is currently developing a recovery plan aimed at
mobilising the workforce post the restructuring and bedding down
the new underground shift cycles. Management is implementing
programmes to improve and integrate the critical aspects of the
mining value chain. Backfill placement programmes continue to be
implemented to improve both the quantity and quality of backfill
used to fill open stopes and significant emphasis is being placed on
developing integrated plans, short interval controls and the required
discipline to execute these plans and schedules.

Based on the above factors, we do not expect the production
guidance provided at the start of the year (10,000kg or 321koz) to
be achieved and we are currently forecasting production of 7,600 kg
or 244koz for the year. The reduced full year guidance is attributable
to the ongoing impact of poor equipment reliability, the slower
advance rates in Corridor 3 and delayed extraction in the
composites as well as slower rates of destress in the March quarter,
again a symptom of the lower productivity related to uncertainty
around the labour restructuring.

Additional artisans have been sourced from the equipment
manufacturers to urgently address equipment availabilities. Poor
ground conditions are mostly a symptom of the transition to more
effective pillar designs as recommended by the independent
geotechnical review board; lack of timeous and effective stope
cleaning and backfill, as well as timeous and effective secondary
support. These constraints are receiving urgent attention.

Wage negotiations concluded at South Deep
South Deep has concluded a three-year wage agreement with
organised labour (NUM and UASA). The agreement provides for an
average annual increase of 7.3%.
Update on projects
Damang Reinvestment Project
At the end of the March 2018 quarter (15 months into the
reinvestment project), total material mined was 22% ahead of the
project schedule. Gold produced during the same period was
180koz, 35% above plan. All major projects are on schedule. The
FETSF was commissioned on time during January 2018 and the jaw
crusher installation is in progress and anticipated to be
commissioned in the June 2018 quarter. The SAG mill shell
replacement is on track as per the original schedule with installation
and commissioning planned for the December 2018 quarter. Project
spend to date amounted to US$169m.

Gruyere
At Gruyere, the previously flagged abnormal rainfall events in Q1
2018 have impacted the schedule and costs of the project.
Guidance from the provisional definitive cost estimate and schedule
review indicates that the project capex is likely to be 10% higher
than previously provided guidance (A$532m), with first production
expected to move into Q2 2019 (previously Q1 2019). At the end of
the quarter, overall project engineering and construction were 84%
and 44% complete respectively, with EPC (process plant and
associated infrastructure) construction 17% complete. Mining
contractor, Downer EDI has commenced site mobilisation in
preparation for mining activities. The gas pipeline and power plant
are progressing well. Project spend to date amounted to A$205m.
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Gold Fields 2018 Operating Update March Quarter
Tarkwa transition to contract mining completed
The mining contract was demarcated into two zones and awarded
to two local contractors: BCM for Zone 1 (Pepe, Mantraim, Atuabo
and Teberebe Pits) and E&P for Zone 2 (Akontansi and Kottraverchy
Pits). On 24 March 2018, BCM mobilised and started operations in
the Zone 1 area, with E&P following on 7 April in the Zone 2 area. As
part of the conditions for the tender process, the successful
contractors were expected to acquire our existing fleet and
inventory. The total consideration for the fleet was US$96m, with
26% of the total amount paid in Q1 and the remaining amount
expected to be paid in Q2. A contracts implementation manager has
been appointed to oversee the two contractors.

All Mining and Heavy Maintenance Equipment (HME) and some
support services staff have been retrenched and both contractors
are currently in the process of re-engaging most of the affected
employees. Below is a breakdown of labour numbers:
·  Mining and HME: 1,309 retrenched, with 431 ex-Gold Fields
  employees re-hired by BCM and 778 ex-Gold Fields employees
  re-hired by E&P.
·  Other Departments: 765 retrenched and 505 re-engaged on
  fixed-term contract basis. This excludes 69 national senior
  officials on regular employment status and 12 expatriates.
The High Court, Accra (Labour Division) on 2 March 2018,
dismissed an injunction application filed by the Ghana
Mineworkers’ Union, which sought to restrain Gold Fields from
issuing severance letters to workers to be affected by the change
in business model from owner mining to contract mining.

AIC guidance for 2018 of US$970/oz provided in February 2018 is
unchanged and assumed the change to contractor mining would
be completed in Q2 2018.
Gold Fields enters Joint Venture with Asanko
As announced on 29 March 2018, Gold Fields entered into a joint
venture with Asanko Gold, by agreeing to acquire a 50% stake in
Asanko Gold Ghana Limited’s (AGG) 90% interest in the Asanko
Gold Mine, associated properties and exploration rights in Ghana
(AGM). The purchase consideration comprises an upfront payment
of US$165m on closing of the transaction and a deferred payment
of US$20m.

In addition, Gold Fields subscribed to a 9.9% share placement in
Asanko by way of a private placement of 22,354,657 Asanko
shares at a price of approximately US$0.79, for a total
consideration of US$17.6m (completed on 5 April 2018).
Update on gold hedging
The Group entered into additional gold price hedges during the
quarter. Below is a summary of the gold hedges for 2018:
·  In Ghana, 489koz (72% of FY 2018 gold production guidance) has
    been hedged for the period January to December 2018 using zero-
    cost collars with an average floor price of US$1,300/oz and an
    average cap price of US$1,418/oz.
·  In Australia 674koz (78% of FY 2018 gold production guidance)
    has been hedged for the period February to December 2018 using
    a combination of forward sales agreements and zero-cost collars.
    The average forward rate on 221koz for the period February to
    December 2018 is A$1,713.83; and the average collar strike price
    on 453koz for the period March to December 2018 is A$1703/oz
    for the floor and A$1,766.75/oz for the cap.
In South Africa, 64koz has been hedged for the period January to
December 2018 using zero-cost collars with a floor price of
R600,000/kg and a cap price of R665,621/kg.
Revised outlook for 2018
As a result of the revised South Deep production outlook mentioned
above, attributable equivalent gold production for the Group for
2018 is expected to be between 2.00Moz and 2.05Moz.



N.J. Holland
Chief Executive Officer

25 April 2018













































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Gold Fields 2018 Operating Update March Quarter
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SALIENT FEATURE AND COST BENCHMARKS
Salient features and cost benchmarks for the quarters ended 31 March 2018,               
31 December 2017 and 31 March 2017
               
Figures are in millions               
unless otherwise stated
United States Dollars
Total               
Mine               
Operations
               
Total
Mine
Continuing
Operations
               
South Africa
Region
               
West Africa               
Region
South America
Region
               
               
               
Ghana
               
Peru
               
               
South               
Deep
               
Total
Tarkwa
Damang                        
Cerro               
Corona
Operating Results
                        
                        
                        
                        
Ore milled/treated March
2018
8,372                       8,372
                407
                4,516
3,411               1,105
                1,665
(000 tonnes)
December 2017               
8,450                      8,450
                557
                4,479
3,307               1,172
                1,659
March
2017
8,665
8,545
                443
                4,632
3,459               1,172
                1,706
Yield               
March 2018               
1.9                        1.9
                3.6
               
1.2
1.2                1.0
                1.3
(grams per tonne)
December 2017               
2.1                        2.1
                4.5
               
1.2
1.3                 0.9
                1.5
March
2017
1.8
1.8
                3.2
               
1.2
1.2                 1.0
                1.3
Gold produced               
March 2018               
507.1                      507.1
                47.7
               
167.2
131.2                 36.0
                68.7
(000 managed equivalent ounces)
December 2017               
564.1                      564.1
                80.8
               
174.3
139.8                 34.5
                80.0
March
2017
514.4
500.7
                45.8
               
174.5
138.7                35.8
                68.7
Gold sold
March 2018               
511.2                      511.2
                53.9
               
167.2
131.2                36.0
                65.2
(000 managed equivalent ounces)
December 2017               
572.0                       572.0
                80.4
               
174.3
139.8                 34.5
                88.2
March
2017
512.8
499.1
                46.7
               
174.5
138.7                35.8
                66.1
Net operating costs*
March 2018               
(340.4)                       (340.4)
                (79.2)
               
(105.4)
(76.7)                (28.7)
                (38.0)
(million) December
2017
(353.3)                        (353.1)
                (75.0)
               
(105.5)
(72.3)                 (33.2)
                (45.2)
March
2017
(354.9)                        (340.0)
                (70.7)
               
(107.3)
(78.0)                (29.3)
                (32.3)
Operating costs
March 2018               
43                           43
                190
               
23
22                 27
                24
(dollar per tonne)
December 2017               
43                           43
                128
               
27
27                27
                25
March
2017
42
         41
                169
               
25
25                26
                21
Sustaining capital*
March 2018               
(118.4)                        (118.4)
                (8.1)
               
(42.2)
(39.2)                (3.0)
                (2.9)
(million) December
2017
(178.2)
               
(178.2)                        (22.3)
               
(41.8)
(41.8)                −
                (11.5)
March
2017
(138.0)
       (133.8)
                (11.4)
               
(59.5)
(49.7)                (9.8)
                (5.2)
Non-sustaining capital*
March 2018               
(38.6)                        (38.6)
                (4.8)
               
(33.8)
#
−                (33.8)
#
                        −
(million) December
2017
(36.1)
               
(36.1)                        (8.1)
               
(28.0)
#
−                (28.0)
#
                        −
March
2017
(32.2)
      (32.2)
                (1.7)
               
(20.3)
#
−                (20.3)
#
                        −
Total capital expenditure*
March 2018               
(157.0)                        
(157.0)                        (12.9)
               
(75.9)
(39.3)                (36.7)
                (2.9)
(million) December
2017
(214.3)
      (214.3)
                (30.4)
               
(69.8)
(41.8)                (28.0)
                (11.5)
March
2017
(170.2)
               
(166.1)                        (13.1)
               
(79.9)
(49.7)                (30.1)
                (5.2)
All-in-sustaining costs
March 2018               
938                        938
                1,666
               
952
952                951
                75
(dollar per ounce)
December 2017               
945                        945
                1,209
               
895
871                991
                209
March
2017
1,009
          997
                1,784
               
1,037
1,010                1,142
                118
Total all-in-cost               
March 2018               
1,022                        1,022
                1,755
               
1,163
952                1,934
                75
(dollar per ounce)
December 2017               
1,013                        1,013
                1,310
               
1,055
871                1,802
                209
March
2017
1,055
       1,044
                1,821
                1,153
1,010               1,709
                118
United States Dollars
              
Australian Dollars
              
South African
Rand
United States
Dollars
              
Australian
Dollars
Australia
Region
              
Australia
Region
              
South Africa
Region
              
Australia
Region
              
Australia
Region
Continuing
              
Continuing
              
   Discontinued
   Discontinued
Total
St Ives
Agnew/
Lawlers
Granny              
Smith
              
Total
St Ives
Agnew/
Lawlers
Granny
Smith
              
South              
Deep
               
Darlot
Darlot
Operating Results
                        
                        
                        
Ore milled/treated March
2018
1,785
1,073
283
429
               1,785     1,073               283            429
               407
                −
(000 tonnes)
December 2017
1,755
1,040
296
419
               1,755     1,040               296           419
               557
                −
March
2017
1,764           995               308              461
               1,764       995               308             461
               443
               120
120
Yield              
March 2018
3.9           2.8               6.4              5.1
              3.9
               2.8
               6.6
               5.1
               3.6
               −
(grams per tonne)
December 2017
4.1           2.7               6.7              5.6
                4.1
               2.7
               6.7
               5.6
               4.5
               −
March
2017
3.7           2.6              5.9              4.9
               3.7
               2.6
               5.9
               4.9
               3.2
               3.6
3.6
Gold produced              
March 2018
223.6           95.2               58.6         69.8
                223.8      95.2              58.6             69.8
               1,485
               −
(000 managed              
December 2017
229.1           90.3               63.9         74.8
               229.1         90.3           63.9           74.8
               2,512
               −
equivalent ounces)
March 2017
211.7           81.6               58.3          71.9
               211.7          81.6          58.3          71.9
               1,424
                13.7
13.7
Gold sold
March 2018
224.9           95.0              60.0       69.9
               224.9          95.0          60.0          69.9
               1,675
               −
(000 managed              
December 2017
229.1           90.3               63.9       74.8
              229.1           90.3        63.9           74.8
               2,500
               −
equivalent ounces)
March 2017
211.7           81.6               58.3     71.9
               211.7           81.6           58.3           71.9
               1,454
               13.7
13.7
Net operating costs*
March 2018
(117.7)           (30.4)         (47.3)           (40.1)
              (149.6)       (38.6)       (60.0)       (51.0)
               (951.5)
                −
(million) December
2017
(127.3)           (43.2)           (40.3)        (43.9)
                (165.7)     (56.2)       (52.4)       (57.0)
               (1,026.9)
               (0.2)
(0.3)
March
2017
(129.6)           (48.6)          (39.1)         (41.9)
                (171.9)     (64.5)       (51.8)       (55.6)
              (939.4)
               (14.9)
(19.8)
Operating costs
March 2018
76           48           150              95
               96               61
191
121
               2,277
               −
(dollar per tonne)
December 2017
76           51           137              p97
                99               66
178
126
               1,748
               −
March
2017
70           47           125              83
               93               62
165
109
               2,245
               126
168
Sustaining capital*
March 2018
(65.2)         (30.1)         (16.3)        (18.8)
              
(82.8)          (38.3)         (20.7)          (23.8)
              
(97.8)                        −
(million) December
2017
(102.6)           (46.9)       (23.3)         (32.4)
               (133.5)       (61.0)       (30.3)        (42.2)
               (303.5)
                −
March
2017
(57.7)           (26.1)            (14.0)      (17.5)
              
(76.5)           (34.7)            (18.6)       (23.2)
              
(150.9)                        (4.2)
(5.5)
Non-sustaining capital*
March 2018
−           −               −               −
                   −              −             −              −
               (57.8)
                −
(million) December
2017
−           −               −               −
                −              −              −              −
               (108.7)
               −
March
2017
−           −               −              −
                −              −             −             −
               (22.7)
               −
Total capital              
March 2018
(65.2)           (30.1)              (16.3)     (18.8)
             (82.8)        (38.3)        (20.7)        (23.8)
                (155.6)
               −
expenditure* December
2017
(102.6)           (46.9)              (23.3)    (32.4)
               
(133.5)        (61.0)        (30.3)        (42.2)
              
(412.2)                        −
(million) March
2017
(67.9)           (26.1)              (14.0)    (17.5)
               (90.1)        (34.7)        (18.6)        (23.2)
               (173.6)
               (4.2)
(5.5)
All-in-sustaining costs
March 2018
861           686
1,103              890
               1,094         1,873        1,402      1,131
               643,021
               −
(dollar per ounce)
December 2017
1,040           1,035               1,029   1,054
             1,350           1,351           1,336      1,370
               532,573
               −
March
2017
931           966              957              871
              1,234            1,280        1,268         1,153
               761,867
               1,434
1,899
Total all-in-cost              
March 2018
861           686
1,103              890
               1,094              873         1,402         1,131
               677,495
               −
(dollar per ounce)
December 2017
1,040           1,035           1,029        054
              1,350         ;1,351        1,336         1,370
               576,043
               −
March
2017
931           966               957              871
                1,234        1,280        1,268         1,153
               777,497
               1,434
1,899
Average exchange rates were US$1 = R12.01, US$1 = R13.69 and US$1 = R13.27 for the March 2018, December 2017 and March 2017 quarters respectively.              
The Australian/US dollar exchange rates were A$1 = US$0.79, A$1 = US$0.77 and A$1 = US$0.75 for the March 2018, December 2017 and March 2017 quarters respectively.              
Figures may not add as they are rounded independently.              
* In local currency.              
#
Relates to non-sustaining capital expenditure for Damang re-investment project.              
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Gold Fields 2018 Operating Update March Quarter
Review of Operations
Quarter ended 31 March 2018 compared
with quarter ended 31 December 2017
South Africa region
South Deep Project
March
2018
Dec
2017
Gold produced
000’oz
47.7
80.8
kg
1,485
2,512
Gold sold
000’oz
53.9
80.4
kg
1,675
2,500
Yield – underground reef
g/t
4.74
6.04
AISC R/kg
643,021
532,573
US$/oz
1,666
1,209
AIC R/kg
677,495
576,043
US$/oz
1,755
1,310

Gold production decreased by 41 per cent from 2,512 kilograms
(80,800 ounces) in the December quarter to 1,485 kilograms
(47,700 ounces) in the March quarter mainly due to lower volumes
mined partially attributable to labour restructuring and new shift
system implementation with the associated disruptions in terms of
crew briefings and transition to the new shift cycles. Over and
above these factors, the March quarter is characterised by the
extended Christmas break, typical of South African based mines.

On 1 March 2018 the shift roster was changed from 9.5 hours to
11.5 hours to optimise face time. There were initial teething
problems and the benefits are yet to be realised. D and E band
restructuring commenced in October 2017 and was concluded by
end January 2018 with 25 per cent of employees in this category
exiting the business. Subsequently, a further 260 employees from
the bargaining unit also exited the business.

In December 2017 there was no voluntary production work
conducted over the Christmas Break as planned engineering
maintenance work was required on critical infrastructure.

Total underground tonnes mined decreased by 21 per cent from
394,000 tonnes in the December quarter to 313,000 tonnes in the
March quarter. Ore tonnes mined decreased by 24 per cent from
336,000 tonnes to 255,000 tonnes, while underground waste
mined remained similar at 58,000 tonnes. Total gold mined from
underground decreased by 25 per cent from 2,006 kilograms
(64,500 ounces) to 1,504 kilograms (48,400 ounces). Grade mined
decreased by 6 per cent per cent from 5.10 grams per tonne to
4.80 grams per tonne mainly due to more waste mined in New Mine
Development and lower volumes mined from higher grade areas.

Total tonnes milled decreased by 27 per cent from 557,000 tonnes
to 407,000 tonnes. Underground ore tonnes milled decreased by
25 per cent from 414,000 tonnes in the December quarter to
311,000 tonnes in the March quarter. Underground waste milled
decreased by 18 per cent from 39,000 tonnes to 32,000 tonnes.
Surface tailings material treated decreased by 38 per cent from
104,000 tonnes to 64,000 tonnes. Underground reef yield
decreased by 22 per cent from 6.04 grams per tonne to 4.74 grams
per tonne due to more waste mined in New Mine Development and
lower volumes mined from higher grade areas.

Ore milled was higher than ore mined due to tramming of additional
underground stocks.

Gold recovered from underground was 1,475 kilograms (47,400
ounces) with 10 kilograms (300 ounces) being recovered from
treatment of the surface material.
Destress mining decreased by 27 per cent from 9,619 square
metres in the December quarter to 7,061 square metres in the
March quarter mainly due to geological feature intersections and
the impact of the extended Christmas break.
Longhole stoping decreased by 33 per cent from 173,400 tonnes
to 116,300 tonnes due to constraints associated with secondary
stopes and the introduction of more rigid quality control procedures
and compliance to planned extraction. The current mine
contributed 78 per cent of the total ore tonnes in the March quarter
compared with 73 per cent in the December quarter. The longhole
stoping method accounted for 37 per cent of total tonnes mined in
the March quarter compared with 44 per cent in the December
quarter.

Development decreased by 16 per cent from 1,935 metres in the
December quarter to 1,617 square metres in the March quarter
.
New mine capital development on 100 level increased by 11 per
cent from 304 metres to 337 metres. New mine development is
focused on infrastructure projects exclusively on 100 level and
related to haulage extensions, crusher excavations and conveyor
extensions. D
evelopment in the current mine areas in
creased by
11
per cent from 833 metres to 923
metres. Development North of
Wrench decreased
by 55
per cent from 798 metres to 357 metres
largely due to insufficient power capacity and as a result of Corridor
3 Cut 4 that was stopped as it approached the abutment of Corridor
3 Cut 3.

Net operating costs decreased by 7 per cent from R1,027 million
(US$75 million) to R952 million (US$79 million) mainly due to lower
production, lower bonuses, overtime and consumables cost and a
decrease in the gold-in-process charge from R51 million (US$4
million) in the December quarter to R25 million (US$2 million) in the
March quarter.


Capital expenditure decreased by 62 per cent from R412 million
(US$30 million) in the December quarter to R156 million (US$13
million) in the March quarter.

Sustaining capital expenditure decreased by 68 per cent from
R303 million (US$22 million) in the December quarter to R98 million
(US$8 million) in the March and non-sustaining capital expenditure
decreased by 47 per cent from R109 million (US$8 million) to R58
million (US$5 million), both due to scheduling.

All-in sustaining costs increased by 21 per cent from R532,573 per
kilogram (US$1,209 per ounce) in the December quarter to
R643,021 per kilogram (US$1,666 per ounce) in the March quarter
mainly due to lower gold sold, partially offset by lower net
operating costs and lower sustaining capital expenditure.

Total all-in cost increased by 18 per cent from R576,043 per
kilogram (US$1,310 per ounce) in the December quarter to
R677,495 per kilogram (US$1,755 per ounce) in the March quarter
due to the same reasons as for all-in sustaining costs and lower
non-sustaining capital expenditure.











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West Africa region
Ghana
Tarkwa
March
2018
Dec
2017
Gold produced
000’oz
131.2
139.8
Gold sold
000’oz
131.2
139.8
Yield g/t
1.19
1.31
AISC and AIC
US$/oz
952
871
Gold production decreased by 6 per cent from 139,800 ounces in
the December quarter to 131,200 ounces in the March quarter
mainly due to lower ore tonnes mined at lower head grade as well
as lower yield.

Total tonnes mined, including capital waste stripping, increased by
2 per cent from 24.2 million tonnes in the December quarter to 24.8
million tonnes in the March quarter due to improved equipment
availability and utilisation. Ore tonnes mined decreased by 17 per
cent from 4.2 million tonnes to 3.5 million tonnes due to
suspension of mining in the ore zone at Underlap as a result of
geotechnical challenges. The footwall of Underlap pit experienced
slope deformation caused by development of tension cracks along
a known fault zone at the footwall area of the pit. Mining at
Underlap was suspended and a safety bund was constructed at
the toe of the footwall wall to render the area safe. Mining at
Underlap resumed subsequent to the March quarter end.

Operational waste tonnes mined decreased by 14 per cent from
7.0 million tonnes to 6.0 million tonnes, while capital waste tonnes
mined increased by 18 per cent from 13.0 million tonnes to 15.3
million tonnes due to increased focus on capital waste stripping to
expose ore. Mined grade decreased by 2 per cent from 1.30 grams
per tonne to 1.28 grams per tonne. Gold mined decreased by 17
per cent from 176,700 ounces to 146,100 ounces as a result of
lower ore tonnes and grade mined. The strip ratio increased from
4.7 to 6.0 due to higher capital waste tonnes mined.

The CIL plant throughput increased by 3 per cent from 3.3 million
tonnes to 3.4 million tonnes due to higher plant overall equipment
and processing efficiencies. Yield decreased by 9 per cent from
1.31 grams per tonne to 1.19 grams per tonne. This was mainly
due to lower grade mined and low grade stockpiles processed due
to late delivery of higher grades to the plant.

Net operating costs, including gold-in-process movements,
increased by 7 per cent from US$72 million to US$77 million mainly
due to a gold-in-process drawdown of US$2 million in the March
quarter compared with a build-up of US$16 million in the
December quarter, this was partially offset by lower mining costs
in line with lower ore and operational waste tonnes mined.

Capital expenditure decreased by 7 per cent from US$42 million
to US$39 million due to lower expenditure on components change-
out and nil expenditure on fleet replacements as a result of
transition to contract mining.

All-in sustaining costs and total all-in cost increased by 9 per cent
from US$871 per ounce in the December quarter to US$952 per
ounce in the March quarter due to higher net operating costs and
lower gold sold, partially offset by lower capital expenditure.

Tarkwa mining operation concluded the planned transition from
owner mining to contract mining in early April 2018. The transition
went smoothly.


Damang
March
2018
Dec
2017
Gold produced
000’oz
36.0
34.5
Gold sold
000’oz
36.0
34.5
Yield g/t
1.01
0.92
AISC
US$/oz
951
991
AIC US$/oz
1,934
1,802
Gold production increased by 4 per cent from 34,500 ounces in
the December quarter to 36,000 ounces in the March quarter
mainly due to higher head grade mined and processed from
Amoanda pit.
Total tonnes mined, including capital stripping, increased by 2 per
cent from 11.3 million tonnes in the December quarter to 11.5
million tonnes in the March quarter due to an increase in contractor
drilling and digging fleet capacity in the Damang complex pits.

Ore tonnes mined decreased by 5 per cent from 0.75 million tonnes
in the December quarter to 0.71 million tonnes in the March quarter
as a result of higher strip ratio areas mined in line with operational
plan. Total waste tonnes mined increased by 3 per cent from 10.5
million tonnes to 10.8 million tonnes due to improved efficiencies
from contractor mining fleet. Capital waste tonnes included in total
waste tonnes increased by 14 per cent from 8.8 million tonnes to
10.0 million tonnes as a result of improved mining fleet capacity
and recovery of delayed capital waste strip for timely exposure of
the orebody in line with operational plan. Operational waste tonnes
mined decreased by 53 per cent from 1.7 million tonnes to 0.8
million tonnes due to mining of higher strip ratio areas, in line with
operational plan.

Head grade mined increased by 44 per cent from 1.06 grams per
tonne to 1.53 grams per tonne due to higher grade mined from
Amoanda pit. Gold mined increased by 35 per cent from 25,700
ounces to 34,700 ounces. The strip ratio increased from 14.0 to
15.3.
Tonnes processed decreased by 5 per cent from 1.17 million
tonnes in the December quarter to 1.11 million tonnes in the March
quarter due to lower plant overall equipment efficiency. Yield
increased by 10 per cent from 0.92 grams per tonne to 1.01 grams
per tonne due to higher grade mined. In the March quarter, tonnes
milled were sourced as follows: 0.63 million tonnes at 1.47 grams
per tonne from the pits and 0.48 million tonnes at 0.66 grams per
tonne from Abosso tailings. This compared with 0.67 million tonnes
at 1.07 grams per tonne from the pits, 0.06 million tonnes at 0.93
grams per tonne from Abosso tailings and 0.44 million tonnes at
0.77 grams per tonne from stockpiles in the December quarter.
Net operating costs, including gold-in-process movements,
decreased by 12 per cent from US$33 million to US$29 million
mainly due to a decrease in operating cost from US$32 million in
the December quarter to US$30 million in the March quarter as a
result of lower operating tonnes mined in addition to a credit of
US$1 million in the March quarter for the ROM stockpile
recognition compared with a cost of US$1 million in the December
quarter for the depletion of 44,000 tonnes from the crushed ore
stockpile.

Capital expenditure increased by 32 per cent from US$28 million
in the December quarter to US$37 million in the March quarter.

Sustaining capital expenditure increased from US$nil million to
US$3 million due to cost incurred on the SAG mill shell
replacement. Non-sustaining capital expenditure increased by 21
per cent from US$28 million to US$34 million mainly due to higher
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capital waste mined (10.0 million tonnes in the March quarter
compared with 8.8 million tonnes mined in the December quarter)
and the timing of Amoanda Resource infill drilling projects.

All-in sustaining costs decreased by 4 per cent from US$991 per
ounce in the December quarter to US$951 per ounce in the March
quarter mainly due to increased gold sold and lower net operating
cost, partially offset by increased sustaining capital expenditure.

All-in costs increased by 7 per cent from US$1,802 per ounce in
the December quarter to US$1,934 per ounce in the March quarter
due to the same reasons as above, offset by higher non-sustaining
capital expenditure.

At the end of the March 2018 quarter (15 months into the Damang
Reinvestment Project, DRP), total material mined is 22 per cent
ahead of the project schedule. Gold produced during the same
period is 179,600 ounces, 35 per cent above the progressive DRP
plan of 133,400 ounces. All major projects are on schedule. FETSF
was commissioned on time during January 2018 and jaw crusher
installation is in progress and anticipated to be commissioned in
the June 2018 quarter. The SAG mill shell replacement is on track
as per the original schedule with installation and commissioning
planned for the December 2018 quarter. A one month CIL plant
downtime was planned for this shutdown, but plans are in progress
to mitigate the impact of this planned shutdown.
South America region
Peru
Cerro Corona
March
2018
Dec
2017
Gold produced
000’oz
29.9
41.3
Copper produced
tonnes
7,361
7,317
Total equivalent gold produced 000’eq oz
68.7
80.0
Total equivalent gold sold
000’eq oz
65.2
88.2
Yield
– gold
g/t
0.58
0.81
– copper
per cent
0.46
0.46
– combined
eq
g/t
1.28
1.50
AISC and AIC
US$/oz
75
209
AISC and AIC
US$/eq oz
677
712
Gold price*
US$/oz
1,327
1,278
Copper price*
US$/t
6,994
6,760
*
Average daily spot price for the period used to calculate total equivalent gold ounces
produced.

Gold production decreased by 28 per cent from 41,300 ounces in
the December quarter to 29,900 ounces in the March quarter due
to lower yield and lower ore tonnes mined. Copper production
increased by 1 per cent from 7,317 tonnes to 7,361 tonnes.
Equivalent gold production decreased by 14 per cent from 80,000
ounces to 68,700 ounces mainly due to lower gold head grade in
line with the mining sequence.

Gold head grade decreased by 25 per cent from 1.10 grams per
tonne to 0.83 grams per tonne and gold recoveries decreased from
73.3 per cent to 69.3 per cent, in line with the mining sequence and
the operational plan. Copper head grade increased by 2 cent from
0.51 per cent to 0.52 per cent and copper recoveries decreased
from 89.3 per cent to 87.7 per cent. Gold yield decreased by 28
per cent from 0.81 grams per tonne to 0.58 grams per tonne due
to lower head grade and lower recoveries and copper yield
remained the same at 0.46 per cent, in line with the mining
sequence.

In the March quarter, concentrate with a payable content of 28,093
ounces of gold was sold at an average price of US$1,317 per
ounce and 7,076 tonnes of copper was sold at an average price of
US$6,191 per tonne, net of treatment and refining charges. This
compared with 46,459 ounces of gold that was sold at an average
price of US$1,267 per ounce and 7,830 tonnes of copper that was
sold at an average price of US$6,165 per tonne, net of treatment
and refining charges, in the December quarter.

Total tonnes mined increased by 42 per cent from 4.12 million
tonnes in the December quarter to 5.85 million tonnes in the March
quarter mainly due to higher waste mined in line with the mining
sequence. Ore mined decreased by 4 per cent from 1.75 million
tonnes to 1.68 million tonnes. Operational waste tonnes mined
increased by 76 per cent from 2.37 million tonnes to 4.17 million
tonnes due to additional waste stripping required to access the ore
at depth. This strategy is in line with the life extension as
announced in the previous quarter. The strip ratio increased from
1.35 to 2.49, in line with the 2018 plan.

Ore processed was similar at 1.66 million tonnes.

Net operating costs, including gold-in-process movements,
de
creased
by 16 per cent from US$45 million to US$38 million
mainly due to a credit to costs relating to oxide stockpile sales. In
addition, a US$2 million credit to cost as a result of a build-up in
concentrate in the March quarter compared with a US$5 million
charge to cost in the December quarter.
During 2017, Cerro Corona entered into an agreement with Minera
Coimolache to sell 7 million tonnes of oxide stocks to be
processed at the neighbouring Tantahuatay facilities in Cajamarca
over the next 3 to 4 years. The total estimated value of this
agreement is around US$30 million. The initial agreement was for
only 100,000 tonnes in order to run some industrial tests. As a
result of favourable preliminary test results the sales continued and
during the March quarter 250,000 tonnes were sold for US$1
million.
Capital expenditure decreased by 75 per cent from US$12 million
to US$3 million due to a decrease in construction activities at the
tailings dam and waste storage facilities during the rainy season.

All-in sustaining costs and total all-in cost per gold ounce
decreased by 64 per cent from US$209 per ounce in the December
quarter to US$75 per ounce in the March quarter mainly due lower
net operating costs and lower capital expenditure, partially offset
by lower gold sold. All-in sustaining costs and total all-in costs per
equivalent ounce decreased by 5 per cent from US$712 per
equivalent ounce to US$677 per equivalent ounce due to the same
reasons as above.
Australia region
St Ives
March
2018
Dec
2017
Gold produced
000’oz
95.2
90.3
Gold sold
000’oz
95.0
90.3
Yield
– underground
g/t
3.15
2.85
– surface
g/t
2.72
2.69
– combined
g/t
2.76
2.70
AISC and AIC
A$/oz
873
1,351
US$/oz
686
1,035

Gold production increased by 5 per cent from 90,300 ounces in
the December quarter to 95,200 ounces in the March quarter due
to an increase in tonnes processed and an increase in yield.

Total ore tonnes mined increased by 64 per cent from 1.1 million
tonnes in the December quarter to 1.8 million tonnes in the March
quarter.

At the Hamlet underground operation, ore tonnes mined increased
by 4 per cent from 97,000 tonnes in the December quarter to
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8
100,500 tonnes in the March quarter. Head grade decreased by 3
per cent from 3.55 grams per tonne to 3.44 grams per tonne with
limited availability of high grade areas. Gold mined from Hamlet
underground decreased by 3 per cent from 11,400 ounces to
11,100 ounces.

Development at the Invincible underground operation continued
with ore tonnes mined increasing by 927 per cent from 3,000
tonnes in the December quarter to 30,800 tonnes in the March
quarter. Development in the December quarter was largely
undertaken to reach the ore body while substantial development
through ore occurred in the March quarter. Head grade mined
increased by 193 per cent from 2.45 grams per tonne to 7.18
grams per tonne in line with the mining sequence. Gold mined from
Invincible underground increased by 3,450 per cent from 200
ounces to 7,100 ounces. All the ore mined was from development
with the first stope scheduled to be mined in the June quarter.

At the open pit operations, ore tonnes mined increased by 60 per
cent from 1.0 million tonnes in the December quarter to 1.6 million
tonnes in the March quarter with mining being undertaken in low
strip areas of the Neptune and Invincible pits. Heavy rains during
the March quarter restricted access to areas of pre- stripping at
the Neptune pit which are primarily in lake sediments which turn to
mud in wet weather. During this period mining activity moved to
areas of primary ore which were in areas with more competent
rock.

Grade mined increased marginally from 3.04 grams per tonne to
3.05 grams per tonne. Gold mined from open pits increased by 61
per cent from 99,200 ounces to 160,200 ounces. In the March
quarter, tonnes mined were sourced as follows: 0.9 million tonnes
at 2.48 grams per tonne from Invincible and 0.7 million tonnes at
3.78 grams per tonne from Neptune. This compared with 0.55
million tonnes at 2.5 grams per tonne from Invincible and 0.46
million tonnes at 3.7 grams per tonne from Neptune in the
December quarter.

Operational waste tonnes mined decreased by 29 per cent from
2.8 million tonnes in the December quarter to 2.0 million tonnes in
the March quarter and capital waste tonnes mined decreased by
42 per cent from 6.4 million tonnes to 3.7 million tonnes due to the
reasons discussed in the open pit ore tonnes mined section above.
Total material movements at the open pits decreased by 28 per
cent from 10.2 million tonnes to 7.3 million tonnes. The decrease
was planned with ore mined significantly exceeding available mill
capacity as it did during the December quarter. The strip ratio
decreased from 9.1 to 3.5.

Ounces mined at the consolidated St Ives mine increased by 61
per cent from 110,600 ounces in the December quarter to 178,400
ounces in the March quarter. At the end of the March quarter,
Neptune high-grade oxide material stockpiled amounted to 90,600
ounces (1,136,000 tonnes at 2.48 grams per tonne), Invincible
amounted to 28,700 ounces (368,000 tonnes at 2.43 grams per
tonne) and A5 amounted to 7,900 ounces (174,000 tonnes at 1.41
grams per tonne). This compared with 45,600 ounces (710,900
tonnes at 1.99 grams per tonne) of Neptune high-grade oxide
material stockpiled, 7,800 ounces (109,000 tonnes at 2.21 grams
per tonne) of Invincible material and 7,900 ounces (174,000 tonnes
at 1.41 grams per tonne) of A5 material, at the end of the December
quarter. Currently, Lefroy mill can only sustain a 25 per cent oxide
material blend. The excess Neptune oxide material is stockpiled
and fed to the mill so as to maintain the optimum blend. Work is
ongoing to debottleneck the mill throughput.

Throughput at the Lefroy mill increased by 3 per cent from 1.04
million tonnes in the December quarter to 1.07 million tonnes in the
March quarter due to a scheduled maintenance shutdown in the
December quarter. Yield increased by 2 per cent from 2.70 grams
per tonne to 2.76 grams per tonne.

Net operating costs, including gold-in-process movements,
decreased by 30 per cent from A$56 million (US$43 million) to
A$39 million (US$30 million). The gold inventory credit for the
March quarter of A$27 million (US$21 million) compared with A$12
million (US$9 million) in the December quarter. This increased
stockpile credit of A$15 million (US$12 million) was primarily
responsible for the net operating costs, including gold-in-process
movements, decreasing by 30 per cent from A$56 million (US$43
million) to A$39 million (US$30 million). A similar combined volume
of ore and operational waste was mined for similar mining costs.
However, while total ore and operational waste tonnes were
similar, the higher ratio of ore to waste mined resulted in a 67,800
ounces increase in ounces mined and placed onto stockpiles. The
ore mined in the December quarter significantly exceeded mill
capacity and therefore additional ore was added to surface
stockpiles. Ore and operational waste mined from the open pits in
the March quarter totalled 3.6 million tonnes compared with 3.8
million tonnes in the December quarter with similar mining costs.

Capital expenditure decreased by 38 per cent from A$61 million
(US$47 million) to A$38 million (US$30 million) mainly due to lower
capital waste tonnes mined in the open pits, lower capital
development and lower exploration activity in the immediate post-
Christmas period.

All-in sustaining costs and total all-in cost decreased by 35 per
cent from A$1,351 per ounce (US$1,035 per ounce) in the
December quarter to A$873 per ounce (US$686 per ounce) in the
March quarter due to lower net operating costs, lower capital
expenditure and higher gold sold.

Agnew/Lawlers
March
2018
Dec
2017
Gold produced
000’oz
58.6
63.9
Gold sold
000’oz
60.0
63.9
Yield
g/t
6.44
6.73
AISC and AIC
A$/oz
1,402
1,336
US$/oz
1,103
1,029

Gold production
decreased
by 8 per cent from 63,900 ounces in
the December quarter to 58,600 ounces in the March quarter
mainly due to lower tonnes processed and the impact of high
grade stockpiles processed in the December quarter.

Ore mined from underground de
creased
by 6 per cent from
313,000 tonnes in the December quarter to 292,700 tonnes in the
March quarter
as a result of lower ore tonnes from Waroonga due
to sequencing.
Head grade mined increased by 6 per cent from
6.18 grams per tonnes to 6.52 grams per tonne with improved
grades at Waroonga and New Holland. Gold mined decreased by
1 per cent from 62,200 ounces to 61,400 ounces due to the mining
mix. In the March quarter tonnes mined were sourced as follows:
147,400 tonnes at 9.0 grams per tonne from Waroonga and
145,300 tonnes at 4.0 grams per tonne from New Holland. This
compares with 165,000 tonnes at 8.8 grams per tonne from
Waroonga and 148,000 tonnes at 3.3 grams per tonne from New
Holland in the December quarter.

Tonnes processed decreased by 4 per cent from 296,000 tonnes
in the December quarter to 282,900 tonnes in the March quarter
due to a scheduled maintenance shutdown in the March quarter
.
The combined yield de
creased
by 4 per cent from 6.73 grams per
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tonne to 6.44 grams per tonne
due to the processing of higher
grade stockpiles processed in the December quarter
.

Net operating costs, including gold-in-process movements,
increased by 15 per cent from A$52 million (US$40 million) in the
December quarter to A$60 million (US$47 million) in the March
quarter mainly due to increased mining costs as a result of the mix
between ore and capital development, increased processing cost
related to frequent power disruptions due to inclement weather
and the planned maintenance shutdown that was extended to
complete additional works.
In addition, a gold-in-circuit charge of
A$6 million (US$5 million) in the March quarter compared with a
gold-in-circuit credit to cost of A$nil million (US$nil million) in the
December quarter. The charge to cost in the March quarter was
partially due to a 900 once drawdown of gold-in-circuit. The
balance was the result of a reduction in the average cost of
stockpiled ore and gold-in-circuit during the March quarter.

Capital expenditure decreased by 30 per cent from A$30 million
(US$23 million) to A$21 million (US$16 million) mainly due to the
crushing facility purchased for A$5 million (US$4 million) in the
December quarter and reduced expenditure in the immediate post-
Christmas period.

All-in sustaining costs and total all-in cost increased by 5 per cent
from A$1,336 per ounce (US$1,029 per ounce) in the December
quarter to A$1,402 per ounce (US$1,103 per ounce) in the March
quarter due to higher net operating costs and lower gold sold,
partially offset by lower capital expenditure.

Granny Smith
March
2018
Dec
2017
Gold produced
000’oz
69.8
74.8
Gold sold
000’oz
69.9
74.8
Yield
g/t
5.06
5.55
AISC and AIC
A$/oz
1,131
1,370
US$/oz
890
1,054

Gold production decreased by 7 per cent from 74,800 ounces in
the December quarter to 69,800 ounces in the March quarter
mainly due to a drawdown from gold-in-circuit of 5,200 ounces in
the December quarter as opposed to a build-up of 4,600 ounces
in the March quarter.

Ore mined from underground increased marginally from 408,200
tonnes to 408,500 tonnes. Head grade mined increased by 3 per
cent from 5.55 grams per tonnes in the December quarter to 5.71
grams per tonne in the March quarter. As a result, ounces mined
increased by 3 per cent from 72,800 ounces in the December
quarter to 75,000 ounces in the March quarter.

Tonnes processed increased by 2 per cent from 419,000 tonnes in
the December quarter to 429,000 tonnes in the March quarter due
to timing of milling campaigns quarter on quarter. The yield
decreased by 9 per cent from 5.55 grams per tonne to 5.06 grams
per tonne due to a drawdown of 5,200 ounces of gold-in-circuit
during the December quarter as opposed to a build-up of 4,600
ounces in the March quarter.

Net operating costs, including gold-in-process movements,
decreased by 11 per cent from A$57 million (US$44 million) in the
December quarter to A$51 million (US$40 million) in the March
quarter mainly due to a A$1 million (US$1 million) credit to cost in
the March quarter compared with A$4 million (US$3 million) gold-
in-circuit charge in the December quarter associated with the
5,200 ounce drawdown noted above.
Capital expenditure decreased by 43 per cent from A$42 million
(US$32 million) to A$24 million (US$19 million) mainly due to
mobile equipment purchases of A$5 million (US$4 million) and
early works on underground cooling and paste plants of A$7
million (US$5 million) in the December quarter as well as a A$3
million (US$2 million) reduction in exploration costs.

All-in sustaining costs and total all-in cost decreased by 17 per
cent from A$1,370 per ounce (US$1,054 per ounce) in the
December quarter to A$1,131 per ounce (US$890 per ounce) in the
March quarter mainly due to lower net operating costs and lower
capital expenditure, partially offset by lower gold sold.



















































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Gold Fields 2018 Operating Update March Quarter
10
UNDERGROUND AND SURFACE (UNREVIEWED)
United States Dollars
Imperial ounces with metric tonnes
and grade
Total
Mine
Operations
Total
Mine
Continuing
Operations
South
Africa
Region
West
Africa
Region
South
America
Region
Australia
Region
Ghana
Peru
Continuing
Discontinued
South
Deep
Total   Tarkwa    Damang
Cerro
Corona
Total
St Ives
Agnew/
Lawlers
Granny
Smith
Darlot
Tonnes mined
(000 tonnes)*
– underground ore
March 2018
1,088                   1,088
255
−              −                −
833          131           293            409
December 2017
1,154                   1,154
336
−              −                −
818          100           313            408
March
2017
1,305
1,186
328
−              −                −
858          142           301            415
118
– underground waste
March 2018
58
58
58
−              −                −
−             −                −               −
December
2017
58
58
58
−              −                −
−             −                −               −
March
2017
37
37
37
−              −                −
−             −                −               −
– surface ore
March 2018
7,581
7,581
4,271       3,563            707
1,675
1,635      1,635
December 2017
7,761                   7,761
4,992       4,240            752
1,753
1,016      1,013
March 2017
7,044                   7,044
4,520       3,768            752
1,740
785         785
– total
March 2018
8,727                   8,727
313
4,271       3,563            707
1,675
2,468      1,767
293
409
December 2017
8,973                   8,973
394
4,992       4,240            752
1,753
1,834      1,113
313
408
March 2017
8,386                   8,267
365
4,520       3,768            752
1,740
1,642        926
301
415
118
Grade mined
(Grams per tonne)
– underground ore
March 2018
6.0
6.0
6.1
−              −                −
5.8           4.3             6.5            5.7
December 2017
5.9                        5.9
6.2
−              −                −
5.6           3.7             6.2            5.6
March
2017
5.5
5.5
5.6
−              −                −
5.4           4.9             6.3            4.9
4.0
– underground waste
March 2018
−                          −
−              −                −
−             −                −               −
December
2017
−                          −
−              −                −
−             −                −               −
March
2017
−                          −
−              −                −
−             −                −               −
– surface ore
March 2018
1.6                       1.6
1.3             1.3              1.5
0.8
3.0           3.0
December 2017
1.5                       1.5
1.3             1.3              1.1
1.1
3.0           3.0
March 2017
1.4                       1.4
1.3             1.3              1.1
0.9
2.6           2.6
– total
March 2018
2.2
2.2
5.0
1.3             1.3              1.5
0.8
4.0           3.1             6.5            5.7
December 2017
2.1                       2.1
5.3
1.3             1.3              1.1
1.1
4.2           3.1             6.2            5.6
March 2017
2.0
2.0
5.0
1.3             1.3              1.1
0.9
 4.1           3.0            6.3            4.9
4.0
Gold mined
(000 ounces)*
– underground ore
March 2018
203.0                    203.0
48.4
−              −                −
154.6       18.2           61.4          75.0
December 2017
210.9                    210.9
64.5
−              −                −
146.4       11.6           62.2          72.8
March
2017
221.6
206.5
57.4
−              −                −
149.2       22.2           61.0          66.0
15.1
– underground waste
March 2018
−                          −
−              −                −
−             −                −               −
December
2017
−              −                −
−             −                −               −
March
2017
−              −                −
−             −                −               −
– surface ore
March 2018
385.7                    385.7
180.8       146.1           34.7
44.6
160.2     160.2
December 2017
362.2                    362.2
202.4       176.7           25.7
60.6
99.2         99.0
March 2017
306.8                    306.8
189.8       162.6           27.2
50.7
66.3         66.3
– total
March 2018
588.6                    588.6
48.4
180.8       146.1           34.7
44.6
314.8     178.4            61.4          75.0
December 2017
573.1                    573.1
64.5
202.4       176.7           25.7
60.6
245.6     110.6            62.2          72.8
March 2017
528.4                    513.4
57.4
189.8       162.6           27.2
50.7
215.5       88.5            61.0          66.0
15.1
* Excludes surface material at South Deep.
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11
Gold Fields 2018 Operating Update March Quarter
UNDERGROUND AND SURFACE
United States Dollars
Imperial ounces with metric tonnes
and grade
Total
Mine
Operations
Total
Mine
Continuing
Operations
South
Africa
Region
West
Africa
Region
South
America
Region
Australia
Region
Ghana
Peru
Continuing
Discontinued
South
Deep
Total   Tarkwa     Damang
Cerro
Corona
Total       St Ives
#
Agnew/
Lawlers
Granny
Smith
Darlot
Ore milled/treated
(000 tonnes)
– underground ore
March 2018
1,110                   1,110
311
−             −                −
799              87          283           429
December 2017
1,169                   1,169
414
−             −                −
755              40          296           419
March 2017
1,304                   1,184
274
−             −                −
910             141          308           461
120
– underground waste
March 2018
32
32
32
−             −                −
−               −               −               −
December 2017
39                        39
39
−             −                −
−               −               −               −
March 2017
34                        34
34
−             −                −
−               −               −               −
– surface ore
March 2018
7,230
7,230
64
4,516       3,411         1,105
1,665
986             986
December 2017
7,242                   7,242
104            4,479       3,307         1,172
1,659
1,000         1,000
March 2017
7,327                   7,327
135            4,632       3,459         1,172
1,706
854             854
– total milled
March 2018
8,372
8,372
407
4,516       3,411         1,105
1,665
1,785         1,073           283
429
December 2017
8,450
8,450                 557
4,479       3,307         1,172
1,659
1,755         1,040           296            419
March 2017
8,665
8,545                 443
4,632       3,459         1,172
1,706
1,764           995            308            461
120
Yield
(Grams per tonne)
– underground ore
March 2018
5.0
5.0 4.7
−              −
5.3            3.2            6.4            5.1
December 2017
5.7                        5.7
6.0
−              −
5.9            2.9            6.8            5.5
March 2017
4.9                        5.0
5.2
−              −
5.2            4.8            5.9            4.9
3.6
– underground waste
March 2018
−             −                −
−               −               −               −
December 2017
−             −                −
−               −               −               −
March 2017
−             −                −
−               −               −               −
– surface ore
March 2018
1.4
1.4
0.2
1.2          1.2             1.0
1.3
2.7            2.7               −              −
December 2017
1.5                        1.5
0.1                  1.2          1.3             0.9
1.5
2.7            2.7
March 2017
1.3                        1.3
0.1                  1.2          1.2             1.0
1.3
2.2            2.2
– combined
March 2018
1.9
1.9
3.6
1.2         1.2             1.0
1.3
3.9            2.8            6.4            5.1
December 2017
2.1                        2.1
4.5
1.2         1.3             0.9
1.5
4.1            2.7            6.7            5.6
March 2017
1.8                        1.8
3.2
1.2         1.2             1.0
1.3
3.7            2.6            5.9            4.9
3.6
Gold produced
(000 ounces)
– underground ore
March 2018
184.7
184.7                 47.4
−              −
137.2
8.8            58.6          69.8
December 2017
222.9                   222.9
80.5
−             −                −
142.4
3.7            63.9          74.8
March
2017
210.7
197.0
45.3
−             −                −
151.7      21.6           58.3          71.9
13.7
– underground waste
March 2018
−             −                −
−               −               −               −
December 2017
−             −                −
−               −               −               −
March 2017
−             −                −
−               −               −               −
– surface ore
March 2018
322.6
322.6
0.3
167.2       131.2           36.0
68.7
86.4          86.4
December 2017
341.3                   341.3
0.3             174.3       139.8           34.5
80.0
86.6          86.6
March 2017
303.7                   303.7
0.5             174.5       138.7           35.8
68.7
60.0          60.0
– total
March 2018
507.1
507.1
47.7
167.2       131.2           36.0
68.7
223.6          95.2           58.6           69.8
December 2017
564.1                   564.1
80.8
174.3       139.8           34.5
80.0
229.1          90.3           63.9           74.8
March 2017
514.4                   500.7
45.8
174.5       138.7           35.8
68.7
211.7          81.6           58.3           71.9
13.7
Operating costs
(Dollar per tonne)
– underground
March 2018
157
157                 224
−              −
121           157           150               95
December 2017
132                      132
156
−              −
110            53            137               97
March
2017
137
138
242
−              −
98             88            125               83
126
– surface
March 2018
25
25
3
23              22            27
24
39             39               −                  −
December 2017
29                        29
3
27              27            27
25
50             50               −                  −
March 2017
25                        25
3
25              25            26
21
40             40               −                  −
– total
March 2018
43
43
190
23              22            27
24
76             48            150               95
December 2017
43                        43
128                  27              27            27
25
76             51            137               97
March 2017
42                        41
169                  25              25            26
21
70             47            125               83
126
* Gold produced in kilograms at South Deep for the March 2018 quarter were as follows: from underground 1,475 kilograms and from surface 10 kilograms giving a total of 1,485 kilograms.
The December quarter included: 2,503 kilograms and from surface 9 kilograms giving a total of 2,512 kilograms.
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Gold Fields 2018 Operating Update March Quarter
12
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GOLD FIELDS LIMITED

Dated: 25 April 2018
By:
/s/ Nicholas J. Holland
Name:
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Title:
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