We are committed to the safe exit of all trapped illegal miners from our Obuasi mine - AngloGold Ashanti

Business & Finance We are committed to the safe exit of all trapped illegal miners from our Obuasi mine - AngloGold Ashanti
MAY 30, 2023 LISTEN

AngloGold Ashanti Ghana has issued a press release to provide an update on the illegal miners still trapped underground in the Obuasi Mine.

This follows reports that about 300 illegal miners have been trapped in one of the shafts belonging to AngloGold's Obuasi Mines at Anwiam in the Obuasi East District.

In its release, AngloGold Ashanti Ghana said it is working with various security services to ensure that persons underground the mine exit safely.

“Obuasi Gold Mine's management team has notified the relevant authorities and public security services and is working closely with them.

“The intrusion of illegal miners into underground areas remains a significantly dangerous activity and AngloGold Ashanti Ghana is working alongside authorities to ensure that only authorized mine personnel and contractors can access underground work areas,” parts of the release said.

According to the release, unauthorized persons underground are able to exit on foot, via the existing ramp, through the main access of the mining area.

AngloGold Ashanti Ghana notes that no person underground has been confined in any way and the main exit ramp from the mine remains open.

On Monday, May 29, seven illegal miners exited through the main access point on foot and are in the custody of the Ghana Police Service.

“Any unauthorized person underground is encouraged to leave the mine at any time by the exit points where public security personnel remain on standby,” the release added.

Meanwhile, AngloGold Ashanti Ghana has assured the public that the safety and security of its employees and community members remain its top priority.

The mining company adds that it stands ready to provide any assistance required by the authorities in ensuring the safe exit of any unauthorized persons underground.

Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo
Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo

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