The Top40 shed 0.28 percent to 41 730.09 points while the all share lost 0.37 percent to 46 251.77 points.
But the bullion producer could see a rebound today as some analysts said the market over-reacted.
"Like any other mining company they have had to impair some of their operations but all of the mines will have impairments," said
On the Top40, upmarket retailer Woolworths was the biggest decliner, dropping 3.9 percent to R58.97, despite posting a 17 percent growth in first-half profit, as worries remain about sluggish economic growth and its impact on consumer spending.
"In the past few weeks we've had an interest rate hike, unemployment data that was still very high, and the central bank governor saying the outlook for the economy remained weak," said
"This all feeds into weak consumer sentiment which would in turn weigh on the outlook for retail sales and profits."
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