AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Mine overcame stiff competition from 12 other mining companies to be crowned the Mining Company of the Year at the 6th edition of the Ghana Mining Industry Awards (GMIA).
Iduapriem Mine was adjudged Ghana’s 2019 Mining Company of the Year following a superior performance in the areas of environmental management, corporate social investment, occupational health and safety, innovation, as well as fiscal contributions to the state.
Commenting on the award, Managing Director, Jean Marais said it was a great honour and a proud moment for the Mine, being the first time in its history to receive this prestigious award in recognition of the hard work over the years.
He dedicated the award to employees and contractors of the Mine and commended the Iduapriem family for the hard work and commitment to excellence in spite of the operational challenges in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This award presents a new challenge to the Mine going forward, especially in working to meet the benchmark we have set for ourselves as the best mining company in Ghana,” said Mr Marais. “I, however, have confidence the Iduapriem team will overcome the challenge and work to achieve more laurels and pursue excellence in all spheres, in a safe and responsible manner.”
Alongside winning the flagship award of the event, Iduapriem Mine’s contractor and nominee – Beniwise Ghana Limited – also won the award for Best Performer in Contract Mining. Another nominee of the Mine, Carmeuse Lime Products Ghana Limited was runner up for the Best Performer in the Local Manufacturing of Mine Inputs category.
The Ghana Mining Industry Awards, organised under the auspices of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, promotes, encourages, recognizes, and celebrates outstanding achievements as well as excellence in the mining industry.
ABOUT ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI
AngloGold Ashanti, an international gold mining company with a globally diverse, high-quality portfolio of operations and projects, is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. Measured by production, AngloGold Ashanti is the third-largest gold mining company in the world and the largest on the African continent, producing 3.3Moz and employing 34,263 people in 2019.
AngloGold Ashanti has two operations in Ghana being Obuasi and Iduapriem Mines. Each of the Mines is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AngloGold Ashanti.
ABOUT IDUAPRIEM MINE
AngloGold Ashanti (Iduapriem) Limited operates the Iduapriem Mine in the Western Region of Ghana, about 17km southwest of Tarkwa. The Iduapriem Mine started operation in June 1992 as the Ghanaian Australian Goldfields Limited. It also became part of the AngloGold Group in 2004 following the business combination with Ashanti Goldfields Limited in 2004. Iduapriem Mine is an open-pit operation comprising the Iduapriem and Teberebie mining leases covering an area 110km2 concession and encompassing 19 communities. Iduapriem mine provides employment to about 2500 people, of which 99% are Ghanaians.