Staying good to its word, AngloGold Ashanti (Iduapriem) Limited which operates the Iduapriem Mine has offered more than 100 jobs to people in host communities since beginning of the year, following the implementation of its Community Employment Procedure.
Highlighting the drive to hire members of host communities at Iduapriem’s annual Thanksgiving Service, Mr. Jasper Musadaidzwa – the Managing Director of the operation, said it has already hired 116 people as part of its Community Employment Procedure.
AngloGold Ashanti recognises how important jobs are to the community and has been working with the Community Employment Committee to coordinate and ensure fairness and transparency in community employment processes. To date, 90 percent of those employed are in the unskilled job category; 112 are men and 4 are women.
Speaking at the 17th Annual Non-Denominational Thanksgiving Service, Mr. Musadaidzwa said Iduapriem is working collaboratively with stakeholders and business partners to address both the gender- and skills-gaps that have been identified in employment within the host communities.
He reported that the Mine, in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture at the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipal Assembly, also piloted a Vegetable Cooperative and Piggery Project last year in support of government’s Planting for Food and Jobs initiative. These initiatives have provided economic opportunities for about 30 households in host communities, and work is underway to expand the projects.
Referring to one of the company’s goals, Mr. Musadaidzwa said: “It would be gratifying if we could get to a point in the near future where the communities will provide testimony that, indeed, they are better off for AngloGold Ashanti having been here”.
Mr. Sulemanu Koney, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, commended AngloGold Ashanti for being a trusted partner and significant contributor to advancement of the mining industry in Ghana. He was hopeful that the Iduapriem Mine will continue to chalk-up more successes and help the industry to grow.
“I urge you to continue introducing innovative programmes and social interventions to make your host communities much better off than when AngloGold Ashanti met them,” Mr. Koney said.
The celebration was attended by several high-profile personalities, including the Member of Parliament and Municipal Chief Executive for Tarkwa Nsuaem; representative of the Western Regional Minister; Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines; the clergy and traditional authorities among other distinguished personalities.
The service was on the theme “…make known among the nations what He has done” (Isaiah 12:4 NIV), with Apostle John Appiah Aidoo, Area Head of the Church of Pentecost, Tarkwa, delivering the sermon. The occasion was also used to launch the 15th Anniversary celebration of AngloGold Ashanti Limited’s merger with Ashanti Goldfields Limited.