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10.01.2008 Regional News

Adansi Mine Resumes Operations

By Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi - newtimesonline.com
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Mining operations have bounced back at the Adansi Shaft Mines of the Anglogold Ashanti, after some galamsey operators had set fire to electric cables, leading to the malfunctioning of the shaft, and trapping 36 miners underground.

Last Thursday, a group of galamsey operators, or illegal miners, were said to have set fire to cables connecting the shaft to the main system, the biggest of the Obuasi mines.

The miners who were trapped 4,000 feet down in the mine were rescued 12 hours later.

The galamsey operators allegedly put fire to the cables in order to steal them when electric power went off.

According to the company’s planning and development manager, Bashiru Ahmed, serious operations resumed last Sunday which brought smiles to the faces of the about 200 workers who were temporarily rendered idle.

However, he said, between 500,000 and million dollars would be needed to repair the transformers and other electrical appliances that were damaged at the north point station of the company.

Police are still looking for the perpetrators.

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