Gold firm sends 18 staffers to ESAMI

22Nov 2021
The Guardian
Gold firm sends 18 staffers to ESAMI

​​​​​​​GEITA Gold Mines Ltd (GGML) has supported 18 of its senior employees to pursue a Masters in Business Administration at the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI) at a cost of 248m/- since 2018.     

Commenting on the graduation ceremony held at the ESAMI premises in Arusha in which nine of the company’s senior staff were graduating over the weekend, GGML’s Vice President (Sustainability), Simon Shayo disclosed that GGML had seen a number of national staff appointed to the senior management team, a move aimed towards realizing the Company’s localization goals to ensure national employees in the Management team are effective and efficient.

“The Company has been working hard to identify a pipeline of national talents and has supported a number of development initiatives, notably the postgraduate diploma programme by Regenesys Business School of South Africa where over 50 senior and middle level national staff have been sponsored to undergo the program from 2016.

“Likewise, in efforts to create more room for women in top positions, GGML has designed programmes that empower women. For the past four years, a number of our female staff have participated in the Female Future Programme implemented by the Association of Tanzania Employers (ATE) - four of whom graduated this year. The Company is also part of the Chairman’s Young Leader Programme for both male and female employees,” he added.

GGML’s Principal Reliability Engineer, Seif Maftah, one of nine Masters of Business Administration graduates from the Company this year, said GGML’s support had come at the opportune time.

“I’m ecstatic and feel privileged to get this opportunity. Our Company remains in a field of its own when it comes to creating both distinct capabilities and competitive advantages for its internal resources.

 “The course has really sharpened and broadened my knowledge, especially financial and managerial skills. I couldn’t be more grateful – to my Company, ESAMI, colleagues, and family for the support,” Eng. Maftah articulated.

GGML’s human resources manager, Hamza Ngunangwa said: “I am extremely delighted. Despite the COVID-19 challenge, I would like to commend ESAMI for introducing virtual classes. This really helped us. Likewise, our GGML management granted us study leave which facilitated our completion of this course. I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge my fellow GGML graduates who were a great source of encouragement.”

Meanwhile, for Gama Zephania Sogoni, GGML’s financial officer and only female graduate this year, the moment symbolizes the culmination of a tough but rewarding journey.

“I had to contend with work, school and a pregnancy in the midst of it. I am tremendously proud of this achievement. It wasn’t easy,” Gama shares.

GGML remains the most compliant and top taxpayer in the country’s extractive industry having borne and paid 3.9trillion/- ($1.7 billion) in taxes to the Government since inception.

Beyond CSR and taxes, the Company has a strong component of local business content and enterprise development as evidenced by the 67.6bn/- that has been spent on procurement of goods and service from indigenous Tanzanian Companies by end of September 2021.