For showing exceptional performance in Innovation, Local Content support, Occupational Health and Safety as well as Environmental and Social Performance, Newmont Ghana’s Ahafo Mine, has been named the Mining Company of the Year for 2015 by the Ghana Chamber of Mines.
The company beat competition from 10 other mining companies to win the top award at the second Ghana Mining Industry Awards held in Accra on November 25, 2016. Additionally, the Ahafo Mine emerged the best performer in Innovation and placed second in two other categories: Local Content and Environmental Management.
Ahafo recently celebrated 10 years of its first gold pour and production of its 5 millionth ounce of gold in October of this year. The company was also ranked the Best Safe mine for 2016 by the inspectorate division of the Ghana Chamber of Mines a few weeks ago.
At the same awards ceremony, the company’s Akyem Mine, won the best performer in the Environmental Management category and placed second in the best performer in the Innovation category.
“We have worked hard to survive the headwinds that confronted the mining industry a few years ago. Over that period, we’ve had to take very difficult decisions, and resort to innovation to keep our heads above water. Although we are not out of the woods yet, we are excited that the dedication of our employees towards driving superior performance and advancing our purpose of creating value and improving lives through sustainable and responsible mining has given us such recognition,” said Alwyn Pretorius, Regional Senior Vice President, Newmont Africa.
Industry Leading Performance
The six awards at the Ghana Mining Industry Awards cap a very good year of recognition for Newmont Ghana’s Ahafo and Akyem mines, as both companies have swept most of the major industry awards for the year. In August, the Akyem Mine, was ranked first among the 100 most prestigious companies in Ghana, known as the Ghana Club 100, while Ahafo placed eighth.
The Association of Ghana Industries also recently honored Newmont Ghana for its leadership role and commitment to local content development in the country. Globally, Newmont Mining Corporation, for the second year running, was named the mining industry’s overall leader in sustainability by the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI – World).
The company says these global and national recognitions have come as a result of the company’s continuous pursuit of business improvement initiatives and strong commitment to operational excellence and sustainability.
“I am happy things are shaping out well at the moment. With the continuous support of the government and stakeholders, I am confident we will continue to build a strong and sustainable business that will continue to create value for all our stakeholders. I congratulate all employees and stakeholders for supporting our business strategy and collaborating to create value for the government and people of Ghana,” Mr. Pretorius added.