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Ghana: AngloGold Ashanti petitions World Bank body against mine invasion; NGO director says mining should benefit all

Illegal miners in Ghana have of late been occupying mining concessions belonging to orgnised corporate bodies and multinational companies. At lease 9 illegal miners have been reported dead within three weeks due to conditions under which they carry out mining activities. AngloGold Ashanti Ghana, whose concessions have been affected, has asked the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Dispute (ICSID) [which] is part of the World Bank] to make an urgent order to compel the government of Ghana to use its authority to halt the invasions. Mrs. Hannah Owusu Koranteng-an Associate Executive Director of an NGO, WACAM, says the invasions are as a result of organised corporate bodies and multinational companies who come into the country as investors and mismanage mineral resources to the detriment of local people while regulators look on. 

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9 September 2016

AngloGold Ashanti denies staff complicity in invasion

Author: STARR FM (Ghana)

"AngloGold Ashanti denies staff complicity in invasion", 6 Sept 2016

AngloGold Ashanti Ghana has dismissed allegations by WACAM that some staff of the company are complicit in the invasion of its Obuasi concession...In response to a publication on Starrfmonline.com, AngloGold Ashanti in a statement said, the accusation “has no basis since the company itself is without access to those areas, and therefore illegal miners would not need assistance or any form of collaboration to enter”...The incursion by illegal miners since February 2016...Since then, at least 78 illegal miners have lost lives in various forms on the site as at last month, according to AngloGold Ashanti Ghana...Below is the full statement copied to Starr Business...

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9 September 2016

NGO director says AngloGold Ashanti staff complicit in mine "invasion" by illegal miners

Author: STARR FM (Ghana)

"AngloGold Ashanti staff complicit in invasion – WACAM boss", 4 Sept 2016

WACAM has lashed out at staff of AngloGold Ashanti accusing them of collaborating with illegal miners to invade the company’s concessions. Director of WACAM Hannah Owusu-Koranteng said staff of the company cannot be absolved of blame over the development. Officials of AngloGold have announced that at least 64 illegal miners have died this year in various forms of accidents after they invaded their shaft....Owusu-Koranteng told Starr Business she suspects some workers of AngloGold are collaborating with the illegal miners to invade their shafts. “If we look at the whole menace of galamsey in Obuasi, you can’t solely blame the people involved in it. Many factors should be looked at. For instance, how come galamsey people can go underground when the mine already had its own security? I believe that for anybody to dare to do so, means that there’s some level of collaboration with the company itself,” she posited...

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24 June 2016

Invasion of mines shows systemic failure by the govt. to judiciously manage mineral resources for the benefit of all, says NGO director

Author: GhanaWeb (Ghana)

"Invasion of mines is systemic failure", 25 April 2016

The invasion of some large-scale mining companies’ concessions in the country by illegal miners is a reflection and spillover effect of the state’s failure to judiciously manage mineral resources to the benefit of all, Mrs. Hannah Owusu Koranteng-an Associate Executive Director of WACAM, [said]...“When we have organised corporate bodies and multinational companies who come into the country to mismanage mineral resources to the detriment of local people and regulators look on, then anybody who wants to do something wrong to enjoy the fruits of the industry will be encouraged to do so,” she stated...

 

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23 June 2016

AngloGold Ashanti petitions World Bank body against mine invasion, says govt. engagements not yielding results

Author: Daryl Kwawu, Joy Online (Ghana)

"AngloGold Ashanti petitions World Bank body against Obuasi Mine invasion", 22 June 2016

AngloGold Ashanti Ghana has asked the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Dispute (ICSID) [which] is part of the World Bank] to make an urgent order to compel the government of Ghana to use its authority to return peace and stability to the Obuasi Gold Mine...The process, known formally as a Request for Provisional Measures, is available to applicants seeking urgent relief in an ongoing dispute...A ruling would be expected soon after the Tribunal is constituted, which is anticipated later this year. AngloGold Ashanti Ghana is continuing to seek engagement with government at a local and national level, but these talks have thus far failed to yield meaningful sustained intervention by the authorities....Recently, AngloGold Ashanti Ghana announced the tragic death of nine illegal miners at the site in the past few weeks. Since then, there has been at least one other confirmed fatality, with continued reports of illegal-miner casualties...

 

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15 June 2016

9 illegal miners die in 3 weeks on AngloGold concessions, company partly blames govt.

Author: GhanaWeb (Ghana)

"9 dead in 3 weeks on AngloGold concessions", 10 June 2016

Nine people have died in a period of 3 weeks on the Obuasi Gold concession of AngloGold Ashanti Mines due to lack of effective and “meaningful intervention by state authorities” to curb the menace of illegal mining. The company has largely blamed the withdrawal of government soldiers from their mines earlier this year for the growth in the illegal activities...In a statement, the company said] "Lack of meaningful intervention by authorities since the initial invasion of the site in early February, has emboldened the growing number of illegal miners...It is also our understanding that the increasing number of illegal miners in a lawless environment has heightened tensions, creating significant potential for conflict. The incursion of illegal miners followed the withdrawal of government military protection from the mine...AngloGold Ashanti Ghana notes comments last week by Ashanti Regional Minister, Honourable John Alexander Kobina Ackon, that addressing the growing problem of illegal gold mining is a priority for him..." The Minister had also provided similar assurances directly to AngloGold Ashanti Ghana, pledging that restoration of law and order was imminent...

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