Gold mine, AngloGold Ashanti, has reopened its Obuasi mines in Ghana with steps to restrict certain jobs at the mines for the locals.
The mines officially reopened on January 22, 2019, after its closure in 2014 due to some challenges with the concession and lack of capital to inject into the mines.
The closure offered the company the opportunity to focus on care and maintenance of the mining concession over the past four years.
The reopening is estimated to give jobs to about 550 individuals in the country.
Senior Sustainability Manager at AngloGold Ashanti, Nana Ampofo said the miner has moved the manual oriented operations to a more mechanised operation.
He said, “We are getting into what we called mechanised mining and it is going to be a contract mining, the contractor that is going to do the mining and the owner will be doing the supervision as we’ve communicated in all engagement with stakeholders, what we used to have was a mine that had a lot of employees we’ve changed from that stage into a new stage where we will have mechanised mining with very few and highly skilled employees.”