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SMALL SCALE & ARTISANAL MINING

Operation Vanguard arrests 58 illegal miners

58 suspected illegal miners within the Atiwa and Amansie Central Districts in the Eastern and Western Regions respectively have been arrested. The team from Operation Vanguard [East] in the early hours of Monday conducted operations at three separate locations within the general area of Akurofufu which led to the arrest. The Operation Vanguard team [East]…
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‘Galamsey queen’ was not exchanged for $2bn Sinohydro deal – Minister

The Lands Ministers says government did not exchange notorious Chinese national, Aisha Huang, who was involved in illegal mining locally known as galamsey. Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh says although he was not part of the government delegation that negotiated the $2bn Sinohydro deal, he has been briefed about it. Read More

Birim North takes lead in drones use to fight illegal mining, chainsaw operators

The Birim North District Assembly in the Eastern Region has taken the lead in the application of drones to deal with illegal miners and chainsaw operators in the district. With this new technology, any illegal chainsaw operator or illegal miner will be located in any part of the district which is mostly covered by dense…
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Compensate families of Shaanxi mine blast victims – Association

The Upper East Small Scale Miners Association has criticized the Minerals Commission for failing to prioritize the families of the people who died in the mine blast at Gbane. Sixteen people lost their lives after an explosion that is said to have happened close to the Shaanxi Mine in January 2019. The mine was ordered…
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Shaanxi mining to appeal $60,000 fine

Shaanxi Mining may appeal the $60,000 fine slapped on it following investigations into an underground explosion that claimed 16 lives in January. The mine, located in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region, was shut down for a probe into the incident and the embattled firm was exonerated over the mining deaths. But other…
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Government seeks $200m to ensure sustainable mining

Government is seeking to raise some $200 million from donors for the implementation of the Multi- Sectorial Mining Integration Project which seeks to ensure sustainable mining in the country. The World Bank and the Australian government have already committed $30 million and $500,000 respectively for the implementation of the project The Multi- Sectorial Mining Integration…
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Shaanxi Mining fined $40,000 for Talensi mine accident

Shaanxi Mining Ghana Limited, a mining service support company, has been fined US$40,000 for its role in the accident which claimed 16 lives at mining companies in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region. The company was also to form mine rescue brigades teams in accordance with Regulation 548 of the Minerals and Mining…
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Tension in Talensi as group questions mining firm managed by ‘drug barons’

The loss of lives and property in the Talensi mining community of Gbane in the Upper East Region is set to worsen in the coming days, according to civil society, as some individuals and groups are plotting “mayhem through acts of militancy and war”. Describing the situation as volatile, the Northern Patriots in Research and…
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Mine deaths: Shaanxi, Yenyeya and Pubortaaba mining companies fined $50,000

The Shaanxi Mining Company Ghana Limited, located at Talensi in the Upper East Region has been fined $40,000 after it was found culpable in an explosion that claimed 16 lives near its concession. The sanctions were slapped on the company after investigations conducted by the Inspectorate Division of the Minerals Commission found the company liable…
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