Alwyn Pretorius Assumes the Helm of Newmont’s Africa Operations
Accra, 28th June 2016 - Alwyn Pretorius has assumed the helm of Newmont Mining Corporation’s Africa operations as Senior Vice President, Africa Operations after the company announced his official appointment in March.
Mr. Pretorius brings more than 20 years of gold sector experience to the role with extensive expertise in underground deep-level gold mining. Before joining Newmont, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Harmony Gold Company Limited, one of South Africa’s leading gold producers.
“Africa is one of the Newmont’s key growth regions, with Ghana representing 16 percent of the company’s global production in 2015,” said Mr. Pretorius. “Thanks to our employees, contractors and other stakeholders Newmont successfully confronted the many challenges facing the business over the last few years and continues to perform well. Our task ahead is to take our performance to the next level and deliver safe, efficient and responsible production that creates sustainable value for all of our stakeholders.”
The Africa Region has maintained one of Newmont’s lowest injury rates and cost profiles at Akyem; and is advancing value accretive projects at its Ahafo operations. Over the past few years, the Region has implemented a number of business improvement initiatives to ensure the business remains sustainable in the face of a number of challenges confronting the mining industry.
Mr. Pretorius’s experience includes leadership roles at Harmony and ARMgold, where he managed portfolios of up to 10 mines with annual production of 1.3 million ounces of gold. In these roles, he delivered significant safety, productivity and sustainability improvements, and forged strong stakeholder relationships. He has held several other management positions at Harmony, including Safety, Health and Technology Executive and Chief Operating Officer of the company’s South African operations.
His extensive experience in the gold mining sector will prove valuable in advancing Newmont Africa’s growth prospects in Ghana and Ethiopia.
“Guiding our path forward will be our commitment to creating value and improving lives through sustainable and responsible mining,” concluded Mr. Pretorius.
About Newmont Africa
Africa is one of five core operating districts of Newmont Mining Corporation, one of the largest gold companies in the world (www.newmont.com). Newmont Africa holds two gold mining operations in Ghana: the Ahafo Mine in the Brong-Ahafo Region and the Akyem Mine in the Eastern Region. The company currently employs approximately 4,800 employees and contractors.
Our exploration and development focus is centred on Ghana. We regularly review other opportunities throughout the continent and exploration activity is underway to examine mineral resources in Ethiopia and Cote d’Ivoire.
Newmont is the only gold company listed in the S&P 500 index and in 2007 became the first gold company selected to be part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. In 2015, Newmont was ranked the DJSI global leader in sustainability. Newmont’s industry leading performance is reflected through Newmont Ghana’s high standards in environmental management, health and safety for its employees and creating value and opportunity for its host communities and Newmont’s shareholders.
More information can be found in Newmont's annual sustainability report, www.BeyondTheMine.com. The report is published as part of Newmont’s ongoing obligations as a founding member of the International Council on Mining and Metals (www.icmm.com) and in accordance with its commitments under the United Nations' Global Compact (www.unglobalcompact.org) and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (www.voluntaryprinciples.org).
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