Gold Fields Tarkwa Mine is Mining Company of the Year
Gold Fields Ghana Limited (Tarkwa Mine) won the most coveted and coveted Mining Company of the Year award at the 7e Ghana Mining and Industry Awards (GMIA), held in Accra last Friday.
The flagship award is given to a mining company that has achieved the highest overall score in environmental management, occupational health and safety, local content, corporate social investment, innovation and tax contribution.
Gold Fields’ Damang mine also won the Corporate Social Investment Project (CSI) award. The winning project is the modernization of the Huni-Valley Health Center, which has improved access to health care in the host communities of the mine.
This is the second year in a row that the Damang mine has won this category. Tarkwa Mine was a finalist for the award for best local content performer.
“Our operational excellence and responsible mining practices place us at the forefront as leaders in the mining industry in Ghana,” said Alfred Baku, Executive Vice President and Director of Gold Fields West Africa.
“We aim to create sustainable value for all of our stakeholders, and we are aggressively pursuing this agenda through innovation and technology to improve safety, reduce costs, improve operational efficiency and support our business.” , did he declare.
Regarding the CSI project, Mr. Baku noted that: “The Huni-Valley health center has gone from a nine-bed clinic to a 32-bed clinic, offering services reserved for men, women and children and equipped with modern medical equipment.
“The facility now provides additional health services such as reproductive health and adolescent wellness clinics, as well as an infectious disease monitoring and surveillance unit.
“Improving access to quality health care in our host communities is one of the five main focus areas of the Gold Fields Ghana Foundation”.
That same evening, the company’s finance team also won the Accounting and Finance Team of the Year (Mining) award at the Ghana Accountancy and Finance Awards.
“This is an extraordinary achievement achieved collectively by our hardworking and talented teams. We are all proud of this achievement and I am particularly pleased that our employees continue to do their best to help us achieve our goals, ”added Mr. Baku.
Organized by the Ghana Chamber of Mines, GMIA is the only mining industry-focused award that celebrates excellence and responsible mining in Ghana. The Ghana Accountancy and Finance Awards also recognize accounting standards and excellent financial management.
Gold Fields Past GMIA Recognitions
Gold Fields has a rich history of notable awards and recognitions at GMIA. Last year, the Damang mine won the CSI Project of the Year award with the rehabilitation of the 33 km Tarkwa-Damang road, funded by the Gold Fields Ghana Foundation at a cost of $ 27.6 million. .
The asphalt road, which was completed in 2019, was recognized for its positive socio-economic impact in the mine host communities by stimulating economic activities, facilitating transportation and improving road safety.
The Damang mine drilling optimization program also won the award for best player in innovation last year. The Tarkwa mine had already won this same category in 2019.
Mr. Baku and Tarkwa Mine General Manager Stephen Osei-Bempah both won the Mining Personality of the Year award in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
The award, also known as the President’s Award, is one of the flagship awards for individual leadership and recognizes mining leaders who promote Ghana’s mining industry, demonstrate exemplary leadership and demonstrate high ethical standards.
Damang Mine Metallurgical Director Catherine Kuupol Kuutor last year won the Female Mining Professional of the Year award.