“Celebrating Our Mutual Contribution Towards A Sustainable Future For Our Communities”
Iduapriem, Ghana –AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Mine has held a Social Investment Day aimed at engaging and updating the company’s business and social partners on the broad range of interventions it has put in place to support and improve the lives of people in its host communities. These include support in the areas of education, water, sanitation, health and local economic development. The event was climaxed with the commissioning of a new Health Centre for the people of Teberebie and surrounding communities in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipal Assembly, Western Region.
Estimated at GH¢500,000 (five hundred thousand Ghana cedis) and solely financed by AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Mine, the facility is made of consulting rooms, maternity units, a laboratory, recovery wards, a dispensary unit, a laundry and a nurses quarters, and is within half a kilometer of the Teberebie community.
Speaking at the event, the Western Region Minister, Mr George Teye Aidoo commended AngloGold Ashanti for the construction of the centre, saying “the facility will ease pressure on the existing government health facilities in the municipality and create accessibility to modern health care to hundreds of people in the communities, who will otherwise have had to travel very long distances, even in an event of emergency.
The mining industry worldwide is experiencing difficult and challenging times a result of the falling gold price and AngloGold Ashanti is not exempted from this trend. To ensure its survival, the company is implementing strategies to produce more gold and reduce its costs. It is however focused on mining responsibly and giving practical demonstration to its values of ensuring that communities are better off for having being there.
“We need to put in more efforts to improve our performance but we can only do that when you give us all the support that we need from you” the Managing Director Sicelo Ntuli said.
Personalities who graced the function included the Western Regional Minister, Regional Director of Health, Municipal Chief Executive and the Omanhene of Tarkwa Fiase. There was photo exhibition on the mine’s social investments, including the very successful AngloGold Ashanti Malaria Programme, which has drastically reduced the incidence of malaria cases in twenty-five districts throughout Ghana.