Golden Star Resources has won five awards at the Ghana Mining Industry Awards, including Mining Company of the Year for its subsidiary, Golden Star Bogoso/Prestea. Golden Star Bogoso/Prestea operates the Prestea open pits and the Prestea underground gold mine (Prestea Underground) in south-western Ghana.
Judged by a panel of industry professionals, the Mining Company of the Year Award recognizes an organisation that has achieved the highest aggregate performance results in the categories of environmental management, occupational health and safety, corporate social investment, innovation and local content.
The company also won:
- Mining Personality of the Year for Golden Star's COO, Daniel Owiredu, which was the inaugural award in this category
- Best Performer in Corporate Social Investment for Golden Star's breast cancer awareness programme that involved screening over 10 400 women in Ghana during the past three years
- Best Graduate Research for Ahmed-Salim Adam, process manager at Golden Star Resources Prestea operations and
- Runner Up in Occupational Health and Safety for Golden Star Resources Bogoso/Prestea
A student of Golden Star's School in Bogoso village, Winifred Korankye Amoah, was also awarded first prize in the essay-writing competition, which was open to school children across Ghana.
"We are delighted that Golden Star Bogoso/Prestea has been named Mining Company of the Year at the Ghana Mining Awards," comments president and CEO of Golden Star, Sam Coetzer.
"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 COO, Daniel Owiredu, received the first ever Mining Personality of the Year Award.
"Over his 11 years with the company, Owiredu 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 the company winning the Corporate Social Investment Award and by Golden Star Bogoso/Prestea 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," concludes Coetzer.
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