Sarfpok Company Limited, one of Newmont Ghana’s local business partners, has been recognized for maintaining high safety standards in its operations at our Ahafo mine. The award, which was presented at the Ghana Extractive Industry Safety Conference by the Sekondi-Takoradi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (STCCI), honors Sarfpok for its exemplary work in reclamation and civil construction at the mine.
Sarfpok has been working for Newmont Ghana since 2006 and currently reclaims about 20 hectares of land at the Ahafo mine each year. The company is one of several local businesses which went through Newmont Ghana’s Ahafo linkages programme (ALP), a business initiative designed to build the capacity and maximize procurement from local businesses in Ahafo.
Today, Sarfpok is one of Newmont Ghana’s leading local business partners in Ahafo and views the safety of its employees as its foremost priority. In line with Newmont’s safety value, the Managing Director, Francis Opoku Sarfo says all employees go through Newmont Ghana’s safety training to ensure strict compliance to the safety rules on site.
“As business partners of Newmont, our employees are very mindful of the safety culture here in Ahafo and consciously adhere to the various rules and initiatives employed to achieve zero harm. In carrying out its responsibilities, we recognize the need to assess and manage risk and choose safer behaviors both on and off site.” This, he says, is what has earned his company the recognition for outstanding safety performance. As a way of giving back to his society, Sarfpok Company Ltd now supports about 50 children through scholarships and has voluntarily constructed 4 roads in Kenyasi No 1 and 2.
The Regional Senior Vice-President for Newmont’s Africa Operations, Alwyn Pretorius, expressed delight at Sarfpok’s success and how Newmont Ghana’s partnership with local businesses is creating value for the local communities and Ghana in general.
“I’m pleased to see that our Safety value is being embraced by our business partners and that our local content policy is helping businesses in our host communities to flourish. We will remain committed to providing our business partners with business opportunities and also help strengthen the local and national economies,” Mr. Pretorius said.
Newmont Ghana’s Ahafo mine currently supports over 41,000 direct and indirect jobs. Between 2007 and 2015 an average of 105 local contractors and suppliers from Ahafo’s host communities received contracts from Newmont Ghana each year. These contracts amounted to $67.7 million within the period. The company also contracted business worth $375 million in 2015 with Ghanaian businesses in general.
To learn more about our operations in Ahafo, visit our website: http://www.newmont.com/operations-and-projects/africa/ahafo-ghana/overview/default.aspx
(Newmont Africa’s Alwyn Pretorius presents an award to an employee of Sarfpok)