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artisanal mining

  • Prof. Frimpong-Boateng further emphasised that it was illegal to dredge, mine in rivers or use chemicals in water bodies for minerals.

    The Minister of Environment, Science,Technology and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, has inaugurated a “Galamstop” Taskforce to protect the Birim River and its tributaries in the Eastern Region from pollution.

  • Everyone talks about how corrupt the police are. But we do not hear of anything being done about it. So the public continues ...

    As soon as it was reported that some of the anti-galamsey functions of “Operation Vanguard” were to be transferred to the Ghana Police, someone wrote to comment on the Internet: “From the frying pan into the fire!”

  • The Amansie West District Assembly has arrest of 42 illegal miners on River Offin at Manso Asaman and Essienkyim in the Ashanti Region on the eve of and on Christmas Day.

  • The Eastern Regional Police Command has arrested 10 people, including seven Chinese nationals, for allegedly carrying out illegal mining at Denkyira, a village near Nkawkaw in the Eastern Region.

  • They are to be processed and sent to the Immigration headquarters in Accra for further action.

    Seven Chinese nationals involved in illegal mining in Ghana have been arrested by the monitoring team of the Inter- Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM).

  • According to him, “It is noted that since the commencement of the operation, the troops have destroyed a good deal of equipment including nine excavators, 127 changfans-machine platforms associated with mining equipment and one fuel pump.”

    Unlike previous attempts to flush out illegal miners from Ghana’s water bodies and forest reserves, the government has announced that all equipment that will be seized under a new effort to end ‘galamsey’ will be destroyed on-site.

  • Written by Nana Dwomoh Sarpong - In artisanal gold mining, gold is extracted mainly from alluvial deposits along rivers, waterways and terrestrial soils. Gold is then processed by crushing and grinding of the gold-bearing ore. The gold is extracted from the concentrate by adding Hg to form gold-amalgam which is normally roasted in open air to obtain “raw gold”. The elemental Hg evaporates into the air and is subsequently deposited onto land and surface waters, after undergoing oxidation to ionic Hg (Hg2+) through reactions mediated by ozone, solar energy and water vapour.

  • Zambia has detained 31 Chinese nationals for illegal mining in the African country's copper belt but has failed to provide strong proof of their crimes, a senior Chinese diplomat said as he lodged a complaint.

  • In December of 2016, 101 East travelled into Ghana's tropical rainforest where 30,000 Chinese miners hunt for gold.

  • “The pits, which appeared to continue deep into the farm, were indicative of galamsey operations on the farm and that prompted the decision to stop to inspect that farm.

    The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), Mr Joseph Boahen Aidoo, has expressed concern over the wanton destruction of cocoa farms by illegal miners at Osino in the Fanteakwa South District in the Eastern Region.

  • The countries along Congo’s eastern border have long been conduits for gold worth billions of dollars mined using rudimentary means by so-called “artisanal” miners.

    Gold production in Democratic Republic of Congo continues to be systematically underreported while tonnes of the precious metal is smuggled into global supply chains through its eastern neighbours, a United Nations report has found.

  • Written By Justice Mingle -  A lot of heat has been generated following an attempt by Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Marfo to explain the rational for the deportation of alleged Chinese illegal miner Aisha Huang. Aisha was put before court for engaging in the illegal mining but the Attorney General filled a nolle prosequi and led to her deportation from the country. A participant in a recent town hall meeting in the United States wanted to know the government’s justification for letting go a woman caught for her involvement in illegal mining. Responding to the question, the Senior Minister said Ghana has great diplomatic relationship with China and intends to partner that country in key infrastructural projects citing the two billion Sinohydro deal. According to Mr. Osafo Marfo, putting that woman in jail is not going to solve Ghana’s economic problems. This statement offended some Ghanaians prompting calls for the resignation of the Senior Minister.

  • I wade into the "galamsey" menace with a different argument and perspective.

  • Under the use of command and control laws, forest guards for instance, are mandated by law to shoot and kill anyone who enters the forest unlawfully. But the questions we ask are, has the use of forest guards stopped the extent of deforestation in our country? Again, has the use of land guards stopped the massive land degradation and various land encroachment we witness in this country?

  • The leadership of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) has called on Ghanaians and the leadership of the country to collectively use this year’s Easter celebration to deliberate on how to collectively work together to address the issue of illegal mining (galamsey) which is fast destroying water bodies and other resources in the country.

  • We members of concerned galamseyers and small scale miners of Wassa Amenfi are aware of the growing negativity against galamsey by the media in Ghana. This probably has been engendered by land degradation and water pollution issues related to galamsey. As a result, there is mounting pressure on authorities to ban galamsey.

  • President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says threats by some illegal miners to vote him out in the 2020 elections will not dissuade him in his anti-galamsey fight.

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