July 16, 2012 / 10:49 AM / 5 years ago

Zimbabwe Jan-June gold output up 29 pct

HARARE, July 16 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's gold production rose 29 percent to 7.2 tonnes in the first six months of this year, generating $377 million in revenue, data from the mining chamber showed on Monday.

The southern African nation's gold mining sector is recovering from an economic crisis that peaked in 2008 when hyperinflation reached 500 billion percent and forced most mines to shut.

Total gold production for 2011 was 13 tonnes. Output remains well below the 27 tonnes reached in 1999 before the decade-long economic slide.

Canada-listed New Dawn Mining and Caledonia Mining , as well as the London-listed Mwana Africa and South Africa's Metallon Gold are among the gold producers in the country. (Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Editing by Ed Stoddard)

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