21.09.2004 South Africa

South African High Commissioner calls on Minister

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Accra, Sept. 21, GNA - Mr. Rapulane Molekane, South African High Commissioner to Ghana, on Tuesday paid a courtesy call on Mrs. Cecilia Bannerman, Minister of Mines to formally introduce himself and discuss how the two countries can enhance co-operation, especially in the mining sector and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) programme.

Mr Molekane said Mintec, a mining technology firm in South Africa, wants to establish a similar firm in Ghana, because Ghana has a lot of mining companies.

He announced that the Minister of Energy and Mines of South Africa would visit Ghana before the December elections to witness an expansion programme for Anglo-Gold Ashanti.

Mrs Bannerman said a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Ghana and South Africa to ensure cooperation between the mining sectors in both countries.

She commended Anglo-Gold Ashanti for the good work they have done so far, saying, "they are keen on their social responsibilities and have raised the financial status on the Ghana Stock Exchange."

He also expressed the hope that there would be formal cooperation between the Ghanaian and South African police to enable the two countries to share experiences and ideas of curbing crime in their respective countries.

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