GGML Commits to a Community Development Plan in Geita for 2021/2022

03Nov 2021
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
GGML Commits to a Community Development Plan in Geita for 2021/2022

Anglogold Ashanti - Geita Gold Mining Limited (GGML) and Geita Town and District Councils signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) worth TZS 9.2 billion in relation to GGML's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Plan for 2021/2022.

GGML MD, Richard Jordinson signs MoU document.

By signing the MoU, GGML reaffirms its commitment to the Tanzanian government and people by complying with the amended Section 105 of the Mining Act, which contains provisions on the corporate social responsibility plan of a mineral rights holder.

The implementation of the CSR plan will benefit Geita's communities in the areas of environment, infrastructure, health, education and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

During the brief ceremony which held on Oktoba 29, 2021, the Geita Regional Commissioner, Hon. Rosemary Senyamule, expressed the government's appreciation for the strong and healthy partnership between GGML and the Geita community saying, "The company (GGML) continues to be lauded as great examples of how CSR is executed and others are even using the company as a case study in higher learning institutions in the country".

She went on further to say that,"Tanzanians need to represent us well in such companies as GGML, they should work with integrity."

Hon. Rosemary Senyamule, RC for  Geita signs MoU document. Next to her is GGML's VP for Sustainability,  Simon Shayo.

GGML strives to support the Government of Tanzania's aspirations of sustainable social and economic development in host communities. The company also seeks to work with local authorities and communities in identifying, implementing and managing key projects for the sustainable future of the Geita region.

"We are delighted to reaffirm our commitment to the Government of Tanzania and the Geita communities. Now in our fourth CSR plan since the amendment of the Mining Act, we are optimistic we can build upon previous projects to enhance ownership by the communities but also pledge to continue collaborating on sustainable projects that can outlast the life of the mine," said Richard Jordinson, Managing Director of GGML.

GGML has worked closely with local government authorities to support a number of community projects in the Geita region through public-private partnerships, including the Geita Town potable water project that helped increase the number of people with access to clean and safe water from just 3% to almost 40% between 2016 and 2020.

 GGML also runs programmes at the national level, notably the GGML Kili Challenge against HIV and AIDS, which has contributed TZS 1.3 billion for HIV prevention and care and treatment projects across the country since 2018.

Consistent with GGML's core value of providing sustainable socio-economic development to the Geita community beyond mining activities, GGML has implemented various projects in the local community of Geita, including water supply, education and economic development activities in agriculture, transport and services, which have attracted over TZS 50 billion since it started operations in 2000. The company has remitted and paid more than $1.7 billion (TZS 3.9 trillion) in taxes to the government since its inception.

Beyond CSR and taxes, the company has a strong local business content and enterprise development component, as evidenced by the TZS 67.6 billion spent on procurement of goods and services from indigenous Tanzanian companies by the end of September 2021.

To sustain the participation of Tanzanian businesses in the company's supply chain, GGML has partnered with the National Economic Empowerment Council (NEEC) to upskill over 350 Geita-based businesses through training.

Earlier this year, GGML was named the best performing company in the Tanzanian mining sector for the 2019/2020 financial year after winning awards in social responsibility, environment and safety, payment of government revenue (taxes) and local business content.