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19.07.2021 General News

Newmont Ghana calls for enhanced security of its workers

Newmont Ghana calls for enhanced security of its workers
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Newmont Ghana says it will continue to rely on Government, community leaders, and security agencies to protect its staff, assets and communities following attacks by suspected illegal small-scale miners on national and company security protecting its Ahafo South mine.

The mining giant in a statement said it had been collaborating with the National and Ahafo Regional Police to responsibly remove illegal artisanal miners from its Ahafo South mine’s mining area following persistent illegal mining encroachments.

Fresh hostilities

The latest of these attacks occurred on Wednesday 14th July, 2021 when the illegal operators wielding weapons and machetes attacked the police who reportedly reacted in self-defense.

The illegal miners reportedly blocked and prevented access to community routes, intercepted employee and contractor buses and vandalized company property.

A similar incident is said to have occurred two weeks ago following the arrest of seven illegal miners in one of Newmont Ghana’s Ahafo South mine pits.

A group of suspected illegal miners, demanding the release of the seven operators, vandalized company and contractor buses used in conveying employees from surrounding communities to work.

“It is worrying to see illegal small-scale miners repeatedly threatening the security of our employees, assets and communities. We will continue to collaborate with the Government and other stakeholders to protect our workforce, communities, and assets as we focus on creating value that benefits our workforce, host communities and the broader country,” said Francois Hardy, Regional Senior Vice President, Africa Operations.

Please find below the full text of the Press release issued earlier today:

Accra, 19th July, 2021 - Newmont Ghana says it will continue to rely on the Government, community leaders, and security agencies to protect its people, assets and communities following attacks by suspected illegal small-scale miners on national and company security protecting its Ahafo South mine.

Newmont Ghana has been collaborating with the National and Ahafo Regional Police to responsibly remove illegal artisanal miners from its Ahafo South mine’s mining area following persistent illegal mining encroachment. The latest of these attacks occurred on Wednesday, 14th July, 2021 when the illegal operators wielding weapons and machetes attacked the police who reportedly reacted in self-defense. The illegal miners then blocked and prevented access to community routes, intercepted employee and contractor buses and vandalised company property.

A similar incident occurred two weeks ago following the arrest of seven illegal miners in one of Newmont Ghana’s Ahafo South mine pits. A group of suspected illegal miners, demanding the release of the seven operators, vandalized company and contractor buses used in conveying employees from surrounding communities to work.

“It is worrying to see illegal small-scale miners repeatedly threatening the security of our employees, assets and communities. We will continue to collaborate with the Government and other stakeholders to protect our workforce, communities, and assets as we focus on creating value that benefits our workforce, host communities and the broader country,” said Francois Hardy, Regional Senior Vice President, Africa Operations.

The company remains committed to undertaking responsible and sustainable mining that creates shared value for its stakeholders and will continue engaging in good faith dialogue and collaboration with Government, community leaders, and security agencies to bring peace and stability to its operating area while creating viable and sustainable alternative employment opportunities for its host communities.

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About Newmont Ghana

Newmont Ghana is the country’s leading gold producer and operates two gold mines: the Ahafo Mine in the Ahafo region and the Akyem Mine in the Eastern region. The company is a subsidiary of Newmont Corporation, the world’s leading gold business. Commercial production at Ahafo began in 2006 and at Akyem in 2013. The Company currently employs over 6,500 employees and contractors. Its Ahafo mine was named Mining Company of the Year in 2016 and Ghana’s Corporate Social Responsibility Organization for 2018, while the Akyem mine was adjudged the Best Company in Ghana for 2015 and 2016.

Regional Media Contact

Agbeko Azumah Director, Communications & External Relations

Newmont Ghana Gold Ltd

+233 244336557

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Samuel Osei

Manager, Communications & External Relations

Newmont Ghana Gold Limited – Ahafo Mine

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