Iduapriem Mines made impressive performance in 2019 – Yamoah

By
Erica Apeatua Addo, GNA

Akyempim (W/R), Feb
26, GNA – AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Mines won several awards in 2019 for
their impressive operational and sustainable performance.

Within the AngloGold
Ashanti Group, Iduapriem was adjudged the best Mines in operational excellence.

At the Ghana club
100 awards, under the auspices of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre,
Iduapriem Mines retained its position as the 11th best company in
Ghana.

Again, at the Ghana
Mining Industry awards, Ms Shirley Oteng-Seifah, Manager in charge of Tailings
Operation made the company proud by picking the first runner-up in the best
female Mining professional category.

Mr Stephen Asante
Yamoah, Acting Managing Director, who said this at the Mine’s 18th annual
non-denominational thanksgiving service at Akyempim, added that, the company
won the best female mining professional award for two consecutive times.

It was on the theme
“Blessed the lord, o my soul, and forget not all his benefits”

He further indicated
that “our local mining contractor, Maxmass for the third time came in as the
best performer in contract mining”.

Mr Yamoah expressed
the firm’s appreciation to all those who played a pivotal role in achieving the
successes that impacted positively on their business and spurred them towards
the path of growth and excellence.

Aside these
remarkable achievements, the Acting Managing Director,observed that “2019 was a
challenging year in the life of the Mines, especially during the last quarter
following the shutdown of our Sag Mill 2 but God helped us to achieve another
record breaking production of approximately 275k oz in a safe and responsible
manner” he noted.

During the year
under review, he said they undertook several initiatives in their host
communities in collaboration with their stakeholders.

In the area of
education, the company was constructing a six-unit classroom block for
University of Mines (UMaT) and Awudua Methodist Basic schools, stressing that
an eight-bedroom semi-detached ultra-modern apartment would soon be
commissioned for teachers of Abompuniso Basic School, he said.

As part of efforts
to guarantee the youth in their host communities, a sustainable future through
education, Mr Yamoah said the Mines instituted the Iduapriem Community
Scholarship Scheme in 2011 to assist needy, but brilliant students from their
operational areas to further their education at tertiary annually.

According to him, 40
students would this year benefit from the programme by having their fees and
accommodation paid till they complete their courses.

On agriculture, Mr
Yamoah stated that in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture they
have expanded their vegetable cooperative and piggery projects and currently
cultivating a 20 acre rice field as well as a 14-acre aquaculture project at
Teberebie to boost the local economy and support the government’s Planting for
Food and Jobs and Rearing for Food and Jobs programme.

He explained that
the Mines introduced several innovative interventions to economically empower
residents in their host communities and to boost their capacity to participate
in the Mines value chain, adding that a capacity building workshop was recently
organised for sixty host community businesses.

GNA