- Newmont strives to engage and consult with communities with respect and transparency.
- The Ahafo Linkages Program supports the development of local businesses in communities.
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Newmont Names MilTrac Ghana 2013 Africa Region Supplier of the Year
Published at ghanaweb.com - 30 October, 2013
MilTrac Ghana Limited, an indigenous Ghanaian company, is Newmont Mining Corporation’s 2013 Africa Region Supplier of the Year for its proven commitment to operate safely, reduce operating costs and improve efficiencies.
"MilTrac displayed an excellent safety record while performing the high risk work of re-lining the mill at our Ahafo Mine," said Dave Schummer, Regional Senior Vice President, Africa Operations. "They also display a commitment to containing costs through increasing performance and delivery as well as helping to evolve their liner design to minimize mill down-time."
Dansoa Gallagher, Director and Majority Shareholder of MilTrac Ghana, says her company is strongly committed to employing and training an increasingly national workforce.
"MilTrac has shown a track record of high performance and is proving itself as a long-term partner of Newmont Ghana. We are pleased that their good work has been recognised with this award,” Dave Schummer added.
Newmont’s supplier awards programme recognizes top vendors at its annual Global Supplier Summit. Nominees are evaluated on their contributions toward creating operating efficiencies, developing strong relationships and embracing Newmont’s values in worker safety, environmental protection and social responsibility.
MilTrac, an established and growing Ghanaian company, provides mill re-lining services to the West African mining industry. For the latest news and information about Newmont, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/Newmont and Facebook at facebook.com/Newmont Mining Corporation.
Newmont constructs theatre for New Abirem hospital
Published at ghananewsagency.org - 28 October, 2013
New Abirem (E/R), Oct. 28, GNA - Newmont Golden Ridge Limited (NGRL)-Akyem is to build an ultra-modern operating theatre estimated at GH¢ 400,000.00 for the New Abirem Government Hospital in the Birim North District in the Eastern Region.
When completed, the theatre will facilitate major surgeries without the hospital necessarily referring cases to other hospitals outside the district.
The project has been awarded on contract and the contractor would be on site soon to commence work.
Dr Adams Mahami, Medical Superintendent in-charge of the hospital, disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at New Abirem in an interview on Monday.
He said the major challenges facing the hospital were inadequate human resource, lack of logistics, equipment and staff accommodation.
Dr Mahami said he was the only medical officer being helped by two assistants at the 81-bed capacity hospital which treats an average of 3,865 patients every month.
He said the hospital also lacked an X-ray department, Eye and Dental clinics and Electro-Cardiograph, which would ensure the facility’s smooth operations.
He commended Newmont for constructing a doctors’ bungalow and some nurses’ quarters for the hospital, adding that, in spite of all that, lack of staff accommodation was a major constraint preventing many qualified staff from accepting posting to the facility.
Dr Mahami said the hospital also needs an auto biochemical analyzer, a water distillation apparatus, an autoclave for blood culture and one anesthetic machine.
He said the facility had only one vehicle and an ambulance adding that, the “cost of maintenance is high due to the bad nature of the road from New Abirem to Nkawkaw Holy Family Hospital, which is the nearest referral point”.
He commended Obrempong Akwasi Amo Kyeretwie, the Chief of Abirem, for assisting the hospital to improve security at the facility.
Six Bono Ahafo pupils qualify for 2014 National Spelling Bee finals
Published at myjoyonline.com - 23 October, 2013
Six pupils will represent the Bono Ahafo Region at the National Spelling Bee Competition slated for February 2014 in Accra.
The six, from Kenyasi, Ntotroso, DuayawNkwanta, Tanoso and Yamfo emerged best spellers at the Regional finals of the competition, held at OLA Girls’ Senior High School, Kenyasi in the Asutifi North District of Bono Ahafo.
The competition was organized by the Young Educators Foundation (YEF) in collaboration with Newmont Ghana Gold Limited (Ahafo Mine) and the Ghana Education Service.
Speaking at the Bono Ahafo Regional competition, the External Affairs Manager of Newmont Ghana (Ahafo Mine), Kojo Bedu-Addo, stated that Newmont’s decision to support pupils in the mine’s host communities is in line with the company’s value of “Developing our people in pursuit of excellence.”
“We believe that by encouraging and assisting them to partake in programs of this nature, they will be exposed to the correct use of the English Language,” he said.
He added that Newmont made a three year commitment of $35,000 each year to sponsor the pupils in the mine’s host communities. “So far, Newmont has spent $105,000 over the last three years to prepare students, provide logistics and also train coaches toward the competition at both regional and national levels.” He said.
Mr. Bedu-Addo hoped that through the Spelling Bee competition, participants would not only gain the direct benefits of an improvement in the English vocabulary, spelling and reading but the competitive spirit of the program will also build their confidence in public speaking.
“I am proud to announce that we have had considerable improvements in the performance of pupils from the Brong Ahafo Region over the last three years. Last year, we had two of our sponsored contestants emerge among the top 16 best spellers in the entire country. These were students from public schools from our host communities and we are very proud of them,” he added.
Mr. Bedu-Addo said as Newmont Ghana’s three year commitment elapses this year, the company is already working with the Ghana Education Service and the various Sustainable Development Committees of Newmont Ahafo Development Foundation (NADeF) to ensure continued support and sustainability for the program.
The programs Coordinator of Young Educators Foundation, Abena Anim-Agyei lauded Newmont and the contestants for putting up an impressive showing at the event.
The School and Community Bee events were held for 51 schools out of which 23 Pupils from Tano North and 22 from Asutifi North Districts emerged best spellers to take part in the regional competition.
The Six pupils who will represent Bono Ahafo in the national event next year are Agnes Abena Yeboah of Nana Kofi Abiriw Basic School, Kenyasi Number One, Dorothy Gyamfi of Kwakyekrom D/A Basic School and Emmanuel Addo of St. Lawrence Basic School, Ntotroso. The rest are Joseph Opoku, Methodist Primary School, DuayawNkwanta; Martin Anyim of Tanoso R/C Primary School and AishetuAbudu of the Islamic Primary School at Yamfo.
The Spelling Bee is the local version of the internationally acclaimed Scripps Spelling Bee. Now in its sixth year in Ghana, the competition is aimed at teaching pupils the correct pronunciation and use of the English language. It is also a platform to equip teachers with key approaches to the teaching of the English language.
13 Community youth graduate under Newmont Ghana Apprenticeship Programme
Published at myjoyonline.com - 22 July, 2013
The third batch of trainees under Newmont Ghana’s Apprenticeship Training Programme has graduated from their four-year training in mechanical and electrical maintenance.
A ceremony was recently held in Kenyasi, in the Brong Ahafo Region to mark the passing out of the 13 apprentices, who enrolled in 2009. The ceremony also saw the promotion of continuing trainees under the programme.
Newmont Ghana established the Apprenticeship Training Programme in 2005 as part of the company’s commitment to its Social Responsibility obligations to its host communities.
The programme was also established partly as a technical pipeline to ensure access to skilled and trained mechanical and electrical specialists to support operational requirements in the company. So far, 132 locals from Newmont Ahafo’s host communities have gone through the programme since its inception.
The module, based on the Applied Technical Pipeline Approach, is also being replicated at the Akyem project which is expected to be operational later this year. At the end of the training, the apprentices are awarded the London City and Guilds Institute Certificates.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, the Chief of Ntotroso, Barima Twereku Ampem III, congratulated the graduates for successfully passing through the programme and commended Newmont Ghana for providing an avenue for the youth of the area to acquire relevant skills which can earn them employment not only in Newmont but in other companies as well.
He implored the youth in the mine’s host communities to take advantage of this unique opportunity provided by Newmont to enhance their capacity and contribute meaningfully to the development of their communities.
The District Chief Executive of Tano North, Apraku Lartey lauded Newmont for its commitment to its social responsibility obligations commitments towards the host communities.
The General Manager – Operations of Newmont Ghana Gold Limited (Ahafo Mine), Joep Coenen, reminded the graduates to be guided by the safety culture in Newmont and always strive to ensure an injury-free work culture while contributing meaningfully to the development of their communities and the nation as a whole.
Newmont hands over Nurses’ Quarters to Yawusukrom
Published at ghananewsagency.org - 15 March, 2013
Accra, March 15, GNA - As part of its corporate social responsibility commitment, Newmont Ghana’s Ahafo Mine has handed-over two-unit nurses’ quarters to the people of Yawusukrom in the Asutifi North District of the Brong Ahafo Region.
The GHȼ 55,000 building is to accommodate health personnel who will be manning the CHPS compound project in the town provided by the District Assembly.
German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), a partner to the Ahafo Mine’s Community Development programmes, provided furniture worth GHȼ 5,940.00 to furnish the two apartments.
Speaking at the handing-over ceremony at Yawusukrom, the General Manager of Environment and Social Responsibility of Newmont Ghana’s Ahafo Mine, Paul Sowley, said it is the company’s resolve to ensure the general wellbeing of people living around the mine adding that the gesture was done in line with the Newmont’s adherence to its health and safety values.
He said the accommodation facility will go a long way to facilitate the effective administration of primary healthcare in the community.
An official of GIZ, Maxwell Hammond, called for the early completion of the CHPS compound in order to bring health care to the door-steps of the people saying his outfit was ready to partner with government to see to its completion.
Alhaji Haruna, the District Coordinating Director of the Asutifi North District, lauded Newmont for its commitment to the general wellbeing of community members, promising that the District will ensure the early completion of the CHPS compound to enhance the delivery of accessible health care for the people.
On behalf of the people of Yawusukrom, the Dwanetoahene of the area, Nana Kwaku Agyei Boakye, thanked Newmont Ghana for coming to their aid and promised that the community will see to the regular maintenance of the facility.
Newmont Akyem project constructs 14-unit quarters for the police
Published at ghananewsagency.org - 24 February, 2013
New Abirim(E/R), Feb. 24, GNA - A 14 unit transit quarters and an office building for the Police service and other security agencies in the Birim North District have inaugurated at New Abirim.
The buildings were constructed by the Newmont Akyem Project as part of it’s social responsibility commitment for the people of the Birim North District.
Mr Felix Apoh , the External Affairs Manager of the Newmont Akyem Project, said the mining company has had a long standing relationship with the police service in the district .
He said the Newmont Akyem Project had supported the police with two vehicles and provided them with 60 litters of fuel a week to combat the crime wave in the area in addition to three desktop computers with their accessories to augment their performance.
Mr Apoh said in line with it’s social responsibility commitment to promote effective partnership for sustainable development some community project were initiated last year in collaboration with the district assembly.
He mentioned some of the projects to include a-three bedroom doctors bungalow and an eight unit nurses quarters for the New Abirim District Hospital, a mechanized borehole and the provision of an overhead polytank with a 20 meter cubic capacity which would be completed this year to provide portable water for the New Abirim township.
The outgoing Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Victor Smith said peace, safety, security and stability were prerequisite for development for all sectors of the nation.
He said for the past four years government had provided the police service with vehicles, mobile clinics , dialysis center and an automated finger print identification system while the Ghana National Fire Service had benefitted from 152 new fire fighting vehicles and equipment and also recruited 2000 personnel into the service.
Mr Smith said the Ghana Immigration Service also received a digital boarder surveillance system and introduced an e-immigration project and a fraud expertise center set up to enhance their performance.
He commended the district assembly for the establishment of a police station, a fire service station, district immigration office, an ambulance service and a district magistrate court and applauded Newmont Akyem Project for fulfilling its corporate social responsibility.
Mr James Abass Abaa, the Deputy Eastern Regional Police Commander, on behalf of the Inspector General of Police, said police personnel have been posted to all parts of the country to maintain peace, law and order in the society.
He appealed to the people not to use the police personnel to settle personal scores, collection of debts and for interference in chieftaincy disputes but cooperate with them to maintain peace and ensure development in the area.
He promised to post ten more police personnel to the New Abjrim Police Station, provided the community would provide them with residential accommodation.
In a welcome address, the District Chief Executive, Ms Mavis Ama Frimpong said mining areas often faces a lot of challenges due to the large influx of people and would need the presence of the police and other security agencies to control the crime wave .
The Chief of New Abirim, Obrimpong Kwesi Amo Kyeretwie appealed for the reconstruction of roads in the area especially the Nkakaw –New Abirim-Kade road and the New Abirim-Akim Oda road which are in very deplorable conditions.
Newmont Ghana contributes GH¢ 331M to 2012 tax revenue
Published at ghananewsagency.org - 23 February, 2013
Accra, Feb. 23, GNA - Adjudged as the “Most Outstanding Corporate Income Tax payer” for 2011 by Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Newmont Ghana Gold Limited, a subsidiary of Newmont Mining Corporation has once again fulfilled its obligation to the Government.
It has paid0,568,902.06 (GH¢330,531,037.70) as tax for the financial year ending 2012.
The amount represents Corporate Income Tax payment of 2,264,125.00 (GH¢244,235,080.01) and a Mineral Royalty of S,158,000.00 (GH¢ 47,038,032.65).
The company also paid a National Fiscal Stabilisation Levy balance of $ 227,087.00 (GH¢385525.60), Withholding Tax of ,222,746.57 (GH¢14,733,648.33) and Pay As You Earn Tax of ,696,943.30 (GH¢24,138,751.11).
In total, Newmont Ghana has paid a total tax of3,375,126.75 (GH¢752,249,247.57) to the GRA since its first gold pour in 2006.
A statement issued by the company in Accra and copied to the Ghana News Agency said Newmont Ghana over the years has made significant contributions in its Ahafo and Akyem communities.
It’s Newmont Ahafo Development Fund established to fund development initiatives in its host communities has built community libraries, teachers quarters, water system facilities, micro-credit schemes and awarded scholarships to more than 3,091 at a cost of GH¢3million.
The fund as at December, 2012 had accrued approximately million (GH¢24million).
Newmont’s Akyem Project has also undertaken various significant community intervention programmes such as construction of Nurses quarters, female and maternity wards and a 275 KVA generator for Akyem Government Hospital.
Other projects include expansion of small town water project, construction of two six-unit classroom blocks and 176 latrines for various households in the community.
In partnership with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and other relevant stakeholders, the company supports more than 5, 000 farmers in its Ahafo Mine host communities, and has contributed to the steady increase in agri-business and food production in the Asutifi District since 2006.
Newmont’s Agricultural Improvement and Land Access Programme also gives farmers increased land access, extension services and modern farm inputs.
Ahafo Linkage Programme (ALP), a local content development programme by Newmont Ghana has also trained more than 100 local suppliers and entrepreneurs who contributes to the local economy.
As a result of hard work and excellent execution of the programme, Mr Alex Boampong, Chief Executive Officer of Alexiboam Company Limited, a local supplier located at Gyedu-Ntrotroso in Ahafo and a beneficiary of Newmont’s ALP programme was adjudged the 2012 Young Enterprise (Innovation and Entrepreneurship) of the year by The Association of Ghana Industries).
“Newmont is committed and will continue to support communities in which it operates in Ghana through its various Corporate Social Responsibility intervention programmes to impact lives especially the underprivileged in the society.
Newmont applauds all employees, contractors and stakeholders for their contribution towards this achievement, “the statement said.
Springboard Road Show Foundation motivates the youth
Published at ghananewsagency.org - 20 February, 2013
New Abirem (E/R), Feb. 20, GNA- Mr Albert Ocran, Executive Director of Springboard Road Show Foundation, a career guidance organisation, has urged the youth to develop and utilise their God-given talents to raise the needed capital to improve their living standards.
He said the youth could develop their talents to establish small scale local businesses to create employment for themselves and others to reduce the country’s high unemployment rate.
Mr Ocran gave the advice at a day’s Springboard Road Show Seminar for the youth in the nine communities affected by the Newmont Akyem Project.
The seminar was on the theme “Going global, thinking beyond your immediate environment.”
He noted that, the Newmont Akyem Project cannot employ all the youth in the area hence the establishment of businesses and local enterprises to produce goods and services to the company and the population influx in the area.
The chief of New Abirem, Obrempong Kwesi Amo Kyeretwie, advised the participants to initiate ideas to establish their own businesses to become self employed.
Mr Oduro Kwarteng-Marfo, External Relations Manager of Newmont Akyem Project said the seminar was part of the Newmont’s corporate social responsibility to enhance and build the capacity of its external stakeholders in its operations and project areas.
Newmont celebrates Valentine’s Day with drug addicts under rehabilitation
Published at ghananewsagency.org - 14 February, 2013
Accra, Feb. 14, GNA - The Employee Volunteerism Programme, Newmont Ghana Gold Limited in partnership with United Way Ghana, on Thursday undertook community services to show compassion and love to inmates of the Chosen Rehabilitation Centre in Accra.
Newmont employees assumed the responsibility of cleaning, scrubbing, painting, washing and clothing of the inmates among other services.
Ms Adiki Ayitevie, Director of External Affairs and Communications at Newmont Ghana Gold Limited, said the programme dubbed: “Day of Caring,” was celebrated annually on February 14 to express love to the underprivileged in the society.
She explained that Valentine’s Day was not a day of making romantic or sexual love as people perceive but a day of showing true love or agape love to the deprived, adding: “sharing is caring and caring is love”.
She expressed the hope that the programme would have a leverage effect across the country saying: “It is our hope that several communities in Ghana will be impacted in a meaningful way through the Day of Caring.”
Dr Juliette Tuakli Chairperson of United Way Ghana said annually, the organisation set aside a day on or around February 14 to symbolise the constructive power of national unity.
He said: “It also aims to promote the Ghanaian commitment to supporting disenfranchised communities through the act of volunteering, donation and providing aid.”
United Way Ghana donated paints, gloves, brushes and other assorted items to support the activities of the Rehabilitation Centre.
Mrs Abena Washington, Founder and Director of the Centre said it was started in April 2010 after she and her husband, Apostle Cobi Washington were touched with experiences drug addicts and drunkards were going through.
Mrs Washington said the Centre started with one person but now has 146 housemates comprising 96 men and 50 women and children who have gone through horrible experience of prostitution, armed robbery, HIV and AIDS, marijuana, cocaine and excessive drinking.
She said through outreach programmes like evangelism and distribution of items such as clothing and food, the centre was able to lure and reform them.
Mrs Washington said the Centre was doing everything within its capacity to expand beyond the frontiers of Accra and Ghana, adding: “But we are limited with staff and financial resources.”
She appealed to governmental and non-governmental organisations to support the centre in all forms to enable it reach many of the disadvantaged people as possible.
Saint Valentine's Day, commonly known as Valentine's Day, or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated on February 14 around the world where gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of Saint Valentine.
The day is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it remains a working day, including Ghana which has transformed into "National Chocolate Day".
Newmont Akyem project explains employment situation
Published at ghananewsagency.org - 11 February, 2013
New Abirim (E/R), Feb. 11, GNA - Newmont Akyem Project is taking steps to offer employment to skilled and unskilled youth in the nine communities in its’ operating areas in the Birim North District of the Eastern Region.
The External Relations Manager of Newmount, Mr Oduro- Kwarteng Marfo, said the company had already facilitated the participation of the youth in local and international capacity building initiative in-line with it’s social responsibility values.
Mr Marfo was speaking in an interview with the GNA at New Abirim, in reaction to the recent demonstration by the youth of the communities against the company for failing to offer them employment.
He said that the company, the District Assembly Security Committee and chiefs in the area had visited all the affected communities to educate the people on the employment situation .
Mr Marfo said that currently, 110 youth from the communities had benefitted from a skill training programme for the project operational needs, which was part of the company’s apprenticeship and heavy truck operating training.
He said the company presently had employed 262 skilled and unskilled workers from the various communities, representing 50 per cent of the total workforce of the Newmont Akyem Project.
Mr Marfo said the company could only employ 1,300 people, 45 per cent of which would come from the affected communities
He appealed to the youth to cooperate with the company to ensure peace and development in the area.