Newmont Ahafo Marks Mine Safety Week with Community Members

12/02/2011

Newmont Ahafo Mine has commemorated this year’s Mine Safety Week with a series of events. . The Mine Safety Week is an annual event in which all mining companies in Ghana under the auspices of the Minerals Commission undertake a series of safety competitions to reinforce the importance of safety not only on mining sites but in mining communities as well.

In this regard, Newmont Ahafo Mine and its communities around its operations have been involved in a series of activities throughout this week to mark the event. These included awareness creation on lightning in four senior high schools, Newmont – Community soccer gala competition at Kenyase, Clean-up Exercise in Kenyase, Health Walk/Medical Screening. There was also a Quiz competition amongst four Senior High schools on Malaria, Personal Hygiene, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Lightning.

The involvement of the communities, amongst others is to strengthen cordial relations and foster unity amongst the communities and the mining operation. It is also an opportunity to share key safety issues with our external stakeholders.

In a statement to mark the Week, the General Manager of Environment and Social Responsibility of Newmont Ahafo Mine, Paul Sowley re-affirmed Newmont’s commitment to “demonstrate leadership in safety, stewardship of the environment and social responsibility.”

He said Newmont will continue to partner and involve its host communities in pursuit of programs that will promote unity, development and cohesion for the mutual benefit of all.  Mr. Sowley added that Newmont will continue to engage communities throughout all the phases of the Mine’s development. “At Newmont we believe in proactive dialogue and continuous engagement of all our stakeholders as process for mutual benefit in development.

Kenyasi Number two defeated Wamahinso by two goals to nil in the final match of the soccer gala competition to lift the coveted trophy while Kenyase Number One beat Ntotroso through penalties to place third.

During the quiz competition, Acherensua High School warded off competition from OLA Girls SHS, Hwidiem SHS and Gyamfi Kumanini Secondary Technical who placed second to fourth in that order.  All the schools were presented with textbooks to augment their respective libraries while the winning team was presented with a desktop computer in addition to individual prices awarded to the contestants.