AngloGold Ashanti Released AGA land to be redistributed to small scale miners

Under a voluntary process agreed upon by AGA and government of Ghana, AGA agreed to release 60 percent of its mining concession to government.

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Chief Executive Officer of minerals commission, Dr. Toni Aubynn, has revealed that processes are underway to allocate 60 percent land ceded by AngloGold Ashanti last month to small scale miners.

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Under a voluntary process agreed upon by AGA and government of Ghana, AGA agreed to release 60 percent of its mining concession to government.

The released land, according to AGA will provide an "opportunity for the Government/ Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources to use the land as it sees fit, including to encourage a range of socio-economic development activities in the Obuasi region."

The land in question covers about 273 square kilometers and excludes the Obuasi Mine, which lies on land retained by AGA.

“This means that the land which was not previously used can now be brought into productive use. Out of this land we will cede some to small-scale miners -- and in fact we have begun demarcating the land to the miners. So if the complaint in the past was that there was no land to mine, then now we have the land and are collaborating with district assemblies and all other stakeholders to work,” Dr. Aubynn said.

He also asked small scale miners to take advantage of the released land, adding that the reason for encroaching AGA's land is no long tenable.

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“We are asking that our brothers and sisters come and take advantage of what we have now, so they can live in harmony with the company. So it is an appeal to our friends and brothers who are said to be down there to take advantage of the ground that has been given out, so they can also have something to do.

“We are actually going to support them register and form co-operatives in a way that AngloGold Ashanti can also work in peace and complement the work of these small-scale miners,” he stated.                                                            

“I believe that if they come, AngloGold Ashanti can also go beyond its current offer to probably help them in terms of training and proper procedures in mining as they live together in peace,” he said.

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