Why GGM is part of Tanzania community value

19Apr 2016
Daniel Semberya
The Guardian
Why GGM is part of Tanzania community value

THE Geita Gold Mine (GGM) commenced production in 2000, initially as a joint venture between two gold mining companies - AngloGold Ltd from South Africa and Ashanti from Ghana.

Some of the decent houses of teachers of the Nyankubu Girls High School that were built by GGM in Geita.

With the merger of the two companies in 2004, Geita Gold Mine (“GGM”) became wholly owned by AngloGold Ashanti. The special mining lease (196.27 km2) which defines Geita Gold Mine falls within the Geita Forest Reserve.

Economic contribution:

AngloGold Ashanti –Geita Gold Mine is a significant contributor to the Tanzanian economy through taxes, direct and indirect employment and investment in one of the region's most important mines.GGM supports purchasing of goods and services locally especially horticulture products.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR):

In August 2013, GGM was the proud winner of eight awards from the Tanzanian Presidential award on the extractive industry corporate social responsibility and empowerment programme (CSRE), followed by an appreciation award given to them by Vice President of Tanzania Samia Suluhu in January 2016 for their commitments to community investments.

GGM’s Managing Director Director Terry Mulpeter, told this paper recently that the awards were bestowed on the firm as recognition of their health, education, economic empowerment and water programmes for their host communities in Tanzania.

Mulpeter mentioned some of their current community empowerment projects as: Geita economic development programme (GEDP), whose aims among others are to working with the regional, government, the district councils and the communities surrounding the mine in addressing sustainable economic growth of Geita by following a participatory development approach.

A concept was developed to establish the small and medium enterprises projects to serve the community with special focus on youths and women in the surrounding communities.

GGM boss further revealed that those projects will enable individuals and families to have self-skills to optimise production and be able to find markets within Geita and beyond through the quality training and marketing skills which will also be provided.

Over 800 acres have been located for sunflower and paddy cultivation. This has gone hand in hand with purchase of hydra-form machines, welding, sewing, knitting and embroidering machines.

Water and sanitation:

The Geita town water project implementation:

The Geita water project was officially launched early this year by Vice President of Tanzania Samia Suluhu Hassan. In partnership with the Tanzanian Government, we have invested more than US$6million toward the implementation of a water supply system. The construction of a clean water supply is benefiting 130 000 residents around Geita.

Also we are implementing the provision of Safe & Clean water to the Geita communities through drilling of deep water boreholes in neighbouring Villages such as Mpomvu and Nyamalembo.

Education

The construction of Nyankumbu Girls Secondary School: More than 900 girls will have access to a science-focused boarding school, the only one in the Geita region.

Geita Gold Mine has invested US$5 million on this project. The construction of Nyankubu Girls High School is completed with full facilities of science equipments, teachers’ housing, school fence, sports fields and water supply.

“We have also support in building classrooms in many villages across Geita,” he noted.

GGM is Partnering with the Tanzania Chamber of Minerals and Energy (TCME) to financially support youths from surrounding communities in Geita to obtain training at VETA in Moshi under the integrated mining technical training (IMTT) programme.

Health:

Renovation of Geita Hospital: Early January this year, Vice President of Tanzania launched the renovation of Geita Regional hospital of which GGM in partnership with the regional government were able to renovate and modernise the hospital infrastructures which was built in 1957.

GGM invested over 800m/- in the construction with donation of medical equipments, for dental, heart, among many. The hospital attends over 40,000 patients per annum.

Kili Challenge:

As if that were not enough, every year GGM in partnership with other stakeholders host the Kili Challenge. This is an annual charity where individuals climb Mount Kilimanjaro in order to raise charitable donations.

The aim of the climb is to raise awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Tanzania and provide financial support to HIV/AIDS initiatives.

“We have annually raised an access of US$500,000 which has benefited more than 30 NGOs in Tanzania for the past 14 years. TACAIDS, Benjamini Mkapa Foundation and Moyo wa Huruma Orphanage centre, Geita Hospital are some of the beneficiaries to mention a few.

We are real proud of these initiatives which combine forces with other companies and ordinary individuals in order to make an impact to the communities.”

Other findings indicate that HIV/AIDS is still a major burden to the health system in Tanzania as it is for other Sub-Sahara African countries.

The current estimate for HIV prevalence in Tanzania is 5.6 percent, which is about 1.3 percent lower than previously reported rate. It is estimated that 1.4 million people are living with HIV in Tanzania; with females more affected as compared to their male counterparts.

Prevention of new infection is the cornerstone in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Disclosure of HIV status is an important approach pursued in voluntary testing and counselling (VCT) services.

Vine trust boat:

According to GGM boss, his mining firm has signed a five-year contract worth over 680m/- to support Lake Victoria’s first medical boat, which is an initiative of the jubilee hope medical and dental programme - a partnership between the African Inland Church of Tanzania and the Vine Trust.

As part of the contract, GGM will cover all fuel and maintenance costs for the boat until 2019, thereby ensuring that the 450,000 residents of the Lake Victoria islands have access to the much needed primary health care services. From the report we have received, in one year alone, nearly 40,000 residents of the Islands have currently benefited.

Geita malaria prevention programme:

In a joint venture with US funded Organisation (RTI-International and the Geita local government authority, they have been implementing an integrated malaria control programme in Geita.

This is the indoor residual spraying. More than 90 percent of the target population of the targeted village has been covered during the four years of operation.

A total of US$ 630 000 has been donated to the programme from GGM’s malaria control budget since its inception. The programme covers about 19 villages annually.

GGM has further financed construction of a number of health facilities including a dispensary at Nyakabale village, the Kasamwa and Bukoli health centres and Geita hospital operating theatre and maternity ward and Geita HIV/Aids information centre to mention but a few.

Daniel Semberya is a sub editor features section: He is reached through +255 784-683503 or [email protected]

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