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SMALL SCALE & ARTISANAL MINING

Operation Vanguard arrest 2 Chinese, Ghanaian accomplices for illegal mining

Operation Vanguard, a joint military-police taskforce fighting illegal mining on Wednesday arrested two Chinese and their two local accomplices suspected of mining illegally in the Birim North District of the Eastern Region. The two Chinese nationals, Wan Zhi Dong, 49 and Shi ZhiHai, 51, have been handed over to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining…
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Illegal miners hiding behind licensed small scale miners to operate – Operation Vanguard

Operation Vanguard, a joint military-police taskforce fighting illegal mining on Wednesday arrested two Chinese and their two local accomplices suspected of mining illegally in the Birim North District of the Eastern Region. The two Chinese nationals, Wan Zhi Dong, 49 and Shi Zhi Hai, 51, have been handed over to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal…
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Operation Vanguard arrests 85 suspected illegal miners in the Eastern Region

Operation Vanguard Personnel in the Eastern Region in an operation conducted between 3:00 am and 6:00 am on Saturday has resulted in the arrest of 85 suspected illegal miners. This was contained in a statement issued to the Ghana News Agency by Captain Andy Sowatey, Public Relations Officer of Operation Vanguard. The statement said, the…
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‘White gold’, distress and anger

Big salt mining companies mostly multinationals have overrun the Keta Lagoon Basin, in South Eastern Ghana, in search of ‘white gold’, driving the artisanal and small scale traditional salt miners out of their livelihoods, communal heritage and resource, the lagoon, where they fish and mine salt, writes *Cornelius Adedze. Yawovi, looks forlorn and deject-ed as…
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NGOs march to demand protection of Atewa Forest from mining

group of civil society organisations marched in Accra to protest against the mining of bauxite in the #Atewa Forest. Together with members of the general public, the CSOs poured onto the streets of Accra to peacefully protest government’s plan to mine bauxite in the Atewa Forest. The group says mining of bauxite in commercial quantities…
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‘Govt repositioning mining sector for economic growth’

The Deputy Minister of Energy in charge of Petroleum, Dr Mohammed Amin Adam, has said government will reposition the mining and energy sectors to deepen its contribution to economic growth. He stated that with the country’s track record in mining, it had become necessary to deepen the contribution of the sector by making it attractive…
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High school accuses Diamond Salt of pollution

Afiadenyigba Senior High School (Afiasec) in the Ketu North Municipality of the Volta Region has accused Diamond Salt Mining Company of disposing of saline water into a pond close to the school. According to school authorities, Diamond Salt – after extracting salt from its trapped underground water along the Keta Lagoon which it uses for…
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The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has begun an engagement with the Ghana Chamber of Mines and some mining companies to locally process 30 per cent of the gold mined in the country.

This is to tap into the synergies along the value chain of the mining industry to ensure that the state derives fair returns from the extractive sector. The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, said it was the government’s policy to add value to the country’s natural resources and urged multinational mining…
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Adopt good strategies for responsible mining … Otumfuo tells GIADEC Board

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has urged the Board and the management of the newly-established Ghana Integrated Aluminium Development Corporation (GIADEC) to adopt world best practices that will ensure responsible and sustainable mining. Otumfuo made the call when a delegation from GIADEC paid a courtesy call on him at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.…
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