This is Gold Fields Our history 1984-1994

Our history 1984 – 1994


Gold Fields South Africa invests in the Gold Fields Teachers' Centre in Diepkloof, Soweto, and new mechanical workshops in the Transkei, a major labour sending area to the mines – as part of an effort to improve the education of its black employees.


Gold Fields South Africa acquires 78% of the new Northam Platinum mining operation on the Western Bushveld Complex.


Gold Fields celebrates its 100th birthday as the national State of Emergency in South Africa - declared a year before - sees thousands detained without trial and civil war appears to be a real possibility.


London-based Consolidated Gold Fields is acquired by the Hanson Group after a highly-contested takeover by Minorco Plc (part of Anglo American) is successfully repulsed. Gold Fields South Africa then acquires a further 30% of the 38% Consolidated Gold Fields shareholding. This marks a new chapter for Gold Fields South Africa, now independent and firmly rooted in the Witwatersrand.


Nelson Mandela is released after 27 years in prison and the ANC suspends its armed struggle against the National Party government.


Gold Fields South Africa acquires the then underground Tarkwa mine in Ghana for US$3 million.