Monday 11 December 2017

Mining Company of the Year!

National and International Recognition

At the Ghana Mining Industry Awards gala in late November, Golden Star Resources stole the show with awards in 5 categories!  These included:

Mining Company of the Year – Golden Star (Bogoso/Prestea) Limited
Corporate Social Investment Project of the Year – Golden Star Resources
Mining Personality of the Year – Mr. Daniel Owiredu, Golden Star Resources, Chief Operating Officer
Best Graduate Research – Mr. Ahmed Salim Adam (M Phil), Golden Star (Bogoso/Prestea) Limited, Processing Manager
First Runner Up – Best Performer in Occupational Health and Safety – Golden Star (Bogoso/Prestea) Limited

After the early November announcement that Golden Star had been awarded the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Environment and Social Responsibility Award, it was thrilling to complement this recognition with awards in our primary host country, Ghana.

Now let’s take a closer look at each of the award categories that we won…

Mining Company of the Year

Golden Star (Bogoso/Prestea) Limited was recognized as Mining Company of the Year. This flagship award is bestowed on a company that has achieved the highest results in environmental management, occupational health and safety, corporate social investment, innovation and local content.

Mr Jerry Agala, General Manager of the Bogoso/Prestea mine, receives the award
from the Vice Chancellor of the University of Mining and Technology

Mining Personality of the Year (President’s Award)

In the inaugural year of this award, Mr. Daniel Owiredu, Golden Star’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, was recognized for: the significant role he has playing in the growth of the industry; his demonstrated leadership and mentorship; support to the growth of local businesses; introduction of innovation into business process; and evident high ethical standards.

The increased production and sustained reduction in operating costs achieved by Golden Star in 2016 clearly demonstrates the strong and consistent leadership demonstrated by Mr. Owiredu, despite the challenging conditions for the gold industry in Ghana. 

Mr Daniel Owiredu receives his award from Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi,
Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources and MP for Prestea Huni-Valley

Corporate Social Investment Project of the Year

Awarded to a company that has implemented a land mark project as part of its corporate social investment, Golden Star’s breast cancer awareness project was recognized for scope, impact and sustainability. 

Golden Star's breast cancer awareness program

In the five years of project implementation, the project has brought free clinical breast cancer screening to more than 10,400 women and girls that previously have not had access to these services, and potentially saving as many as 270 lives. In a far reaching endeavor, screening benefited 30 host communities, spanning more than 80 screening days at 41 locations.

In its final year the program has now achieved all but the last of its objectives for sustainability. In the final stage of the program, Golden Star, in partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Ghana Health Services and AEL Mining Services, is establishing prevention health units (PHUs) in the catchment Government Hospitals and health compounds. Under the program funding, these PHUs will be equipped with preventative health equipment, enabling host communities to routinely access affordable prevention health services, including clinical breast cancer screening and education on an ongoing basis.

Best Graduate Research

Mr. Ahmed Salim Adam, Processing Manager at our Bogoso/Prestea operations, was recognized for the Best Graduate Research in 2017 for his Masters of Philosophy dissertation.

Ahmed Salim Adam (right) is joined by Peter Addai of the
Golden Star Oil Palm Plantation to celebrate his win

First Runner Up, Best Performer in Occupational Health and Safety

Golden Star (Bogoso/Prestea) Limited was recognized as first runner-up in the category of Best Performer in Occupational Health and Safety. This award celebrates the mining company that has excelled in promoting a holistic health and safety culture, in compliance with industry regulations and safety standards. 

Golden Star's emergency response team at a
joint training day with Ghana Fire Services

A word from the CEO…

Commenting on these achievements, Mr. Sam Coetzer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Star, said:

"We are delighted that GSBPL has been named Mining Company of the Year at the Ghana Mining Awards. Judged and awarded by Ghanaians, this award reflects the strong commitment to excellence demonstrated by all of our team. I am also very proud that our Chief Operating Officer, Daniel Owiredu, received the first ever Mining Personality of the Year Award. Over his 11 years with Golden Star, Daniel has been at the forefront not only of our efforts to develop two high quality mining operations but also to deliver a best in class approach to corporate responsibility. This is underlined by Golden Star winning the Corporate Social Investment Award and by GSBPL being named Runner Up in Occupational Health and Safety. I'd also like to congratulate Ahmed-Salim Adam for winning the Best Graduate Research award for his Masters dissertation. He is one of the many promising young Ghanaians within our team who I am confident will become the mining industry's future leaders. Finally, I'd like to thank our host communities and all of our partners in Ghana. It is only through working together that we are able to win these awards and more importantly, deliver long term, sustainable benefits for all of our stakeholders."

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