Tanzania

Our operation

Geita Gold Mining Limited (GGML or Geita mine), one of AngloGold Ashanti’s flagship mines, is located in North-Western Tanzania in the Lake Victoria goldfields in Geita region, about 120km from Mwanza City and 4km west of the township of Geita. It has been in operation as a large-scale mine since 2000 but mining has taken place in the area since the 1930s. The Geita gold deposit is currently mined as a multiple open-pit and underground operation.

As at 31 December 2020, the Mineral Resource is at 7.92 million ounces. Approximately 1,555m of capital development was completed for the Star & Comet, Nyankanga and Geita hill underground sections, to access new areas for stope mining and for further exploration in 2021.

Open-pit mining at Nyankanga and Geita Hill continued with Geita Hill reaching the end of its economic life and Nyankanga completed in September 2020. In April 2021, GGML started open pit mining activities at Nyamulilima (2.4km from Star & Comet) with expectations of producing one million ounces in the next six years.

Geita mine is currently powered by a 40MW power plant comprising of four diesel generators. The power plant was commissioned in August 2018, providing reliable power supply to the mining operations. In 2020, the Tanzania Electricity Supply Company (TANESCO) initiated plans to supply electricity from the national grid network to the mine. The mine will be connected from 220/33kV located at Mpomvu village, six kilometres from the mine. The 33/11kV 60MVA mine substation are currently under implementation stage.

Geita, in Tanzania [map]

Representation

Gender split: workforce (%)
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ZERO female managers but several at superintendent level

Key initiatives

Geita has established a Diversity and Inclusion Committee and has laid down several plans ranging from quick wins to mid and long-term initiatives. The operation has also offered its female employees a position in the Female Future Programme, an initiative run by the Association of Tanzania Employers together with the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute.

Since 2018, Geita has increased its number of female interns so that it is equal to the number of male interns. This is helping to encourage the participation of women in the mining industry, both in the company and across the country. Geita also deliberately sends female participants to the AngloGold Ashanti Chairman’s Young Leaders Programme in an effort to develop leadership capabilities among its female employees.

Opportunities for further inclusion

Tanzania is a very patriarchal society, with women often perceived as having roles that are separate and inferior to men. This inevitably cascades into working environments, and combatting these issues involves addressing cultural perceptions, actively promoting and supporting women, and providing them with environments and facilities that are conducive to their needs.

AngloGold Ashanti is aware that there is more work to be done in these areas at Geita. The team has suggested that gender awareness training be conducted during induction, that more women be promoted to supervisory levels, and that child care facilities be made available to assist working mothers.

Contacts

For details on diversity and inclusion initiatives planned and underway in Tanzania, kindly contact:

Charles Masubi
CMasubi@AngloGoldAshanti.com

Female employee at Geita mine