AngloGold Ashanti’s Obuasi mine in Ghana has historically maintained and operated facilities that are situated close to its neighbouring communities. A crucial part of the work done to restart Obuasi mine, after a challenging operating history led to a five-year hiatus that ended in late 2019, was the RSA and its associated reclamation plan which was approved by Ghana’s EPA.
While the redevelopment of the mine will allow us to focus on using infrastructure within the fenced-off operational area, we also will advance the progressive rehabilitation of redundant mine facilities and the restoration of land outside the fenced operational area, where development pressure has long created a strong demand for access to land.
In April 2019, Obuasi mine inaugurated a Closure Consultative Committee (CCC), whose members include, among others, regulatory authorities, local municipality and district authorities, chiefs and Obuasi mine representatives. This cross section of key stakeholders works together to ensure positive outcomes for the local community, government and mine. The key purpose of the CCC is to track the implementation of the mine’s reclamation plan, ensuring that the completion criteria contained in RSA are met. It’s also the CCC’s task to offer different perspectives about the relinquishment of land, previously used by the mine, for community use.
A charter guides the composition, functioning and responsibilities of the CCC and its subcommittees. Subcommittees are constituted based on the traditional or local government boundaries under which facilities earmarked for reclamation fall. The main committee meets twice a year and subcommittee meetings take place four times a year.