About the mine
Geita, one of AngloGold Ashanti’s flagship mines, is located in north-western Tanzania, in the Lake Victoria goldfields of Mwanza Region. The mine has been in operation as a large-scale mine since the 1930s.
7.7 million ounces of gold have been produced since we commissioned the mine in 2000. As at December 2016 the Mineral Resource is 7.32 million ounces.
The Geita gold deposit was mined solely as a multiple open-pit operation until 2015. Geita has since successfully transitioned to underground mining in the Star & Comet area and 2017 will be the first full year of underground commercial production.
Preparatory work to access the Nyankanga underground Mineral Resource has been completed and blasting operations will begin in 2017.
Geita Gold Mine generates its own power and an energy management system is in place to support future development.Download: 2016 Operational Profile: Geita
The history of Geita Gold Mine
Our contributions to Tanzania
Bullion and royalty payment process
Verified by government at every step
- Verification of gold bar weights
- Boxes sealed and weights recorded
by MEM, TMAA, TRA and Geita Gold Mine
Invoice, packing list and provisional royalty documents made
by government officials and Geita Gold Mine
to Tanzanian government
Export document & receipt raised
Cross checked with invoice by TRA and release order document made
Gold transported from Julius Nyerere International to South Africa
The gold is refined in South Africa by Rand Refinery
Quantities, price and value information recorded
Data shared with Tanzanian government
Royalties paid based on actual sales
to Tanzanian government
A top tax payer
AngloGold Ashanti is consistently one of Tanzania's largest and most compliant tax payers.
$1.1 billion total payments to government
- $225 million Royalties paid
- $136 million Payroll taxes
- $367 million Corporate tax paid
- $8 million Mining licence payment
- $121 million Import duties paid
- $6 million Geita District Council Levy
A responsible employer
- direct and indirect jobs created
- 3,748 employees
- 1,748 permanent
- 2,100 contract
- 1st runner up in the 2016 ATE Best Employer of the Year Award
- Most Compliant Employer in the mining sector by the National Social Security Fund
- We strive to keep our employees safe and healthy
- Our workforce is 96% Tanzanian
- Executive management team is 60% Tanzanian
Meet Geita Gold Mine’s
Geita Gold Mine Executive Committee
R Jordinson (UK)
H Cawood (SA)
Senior Manager Sustainability
N.J. Shilla (TZ)
E. Ankamah (GH)
D. Nzaligo (TZ)
Senior Legal Counsel
C. Masubi (TZ)
Dr. K. Mvungi (TZ)
C. Steyn (SA)
M. Ndoroma (TZ)
Driving local business
Local supplier network increased to 305 Tanzanian business owners
Geita Economic Development Programme
$183 million spent with local suppliers in 2016
- Civil, building and construction
- Parts and services
- Food and catering
- IT and HR services
- $25 million
- invested in 10 years
- $53 million
- planned for the next 14 years
Potable water project
Geita Gold Mine’s Potable Water Project is focused on distributing water to Geita Town residents by way of domestic connections and public access kiosks. Geita Town is a cosmopolitan home to people from all tribal groupings found in Tanzania. It is attractive to small-scale miners, businessmen, and farmers, and currently hosts more than 95% of Geita Gold Mine’s workforce. The town, however, struggles to supply social services to its residents. By the time the potable water project began in 2012, only 3% of residents had access to clean and safe tap water. Now, after the limited distribution network was completed and the project launched in January 2016, the access percentage as per design is 36%. This percentage is limited by the town’s population growth from 80,000 to 192,000 over the project’s lifespan. GGM has spent over US $5.2 million to fund the project to its present stage.
The project idea was born out of Community Relations Committee (CRC) discussions. The CRC comprises government technocrats working in Geita District and members of the GGM’s sustainability team. The forum is co-chaired by the District Commissioner and the Managing Director of Geita Gold Mine. Due to its criticality at the time, the water shortage was regarded as the biggest problem facing the Geita community. A decision was therefore made for the government and GGM to co-fund the project, and a memorandum of understanding was signed to that effect. GGM’s role was initially to construct and reinforce the Nyankanga dam and construct.
However, in 2016 a greater part of Tanzania was challenged with poor rainfall and one of the areas which were critically affected was the Lake Victoria Zone, which comprises of Geita. Nyankanga Dam, which serves as a reservoir and source of water for the Geita Town project. As a result it was estimated that by August of 2017 the dam levels would be at critically low levels unable to produce any water for the project, this necessitated the activation of a water rationing programme in Geita Town in June 2017 as a water saving measure. In an to secure water for the communities Geita Gold Mine decided to install a second 24 kilometre pipeline from Lake Victoria to the water treatment plant at a cost of US$3.5 million. The pipeline will have a capacity of 250 cubic meter per hour and will ensure a stable supply of water to Geita Town, irrespective of the whether challenges .Work has started on the project with commissioning expected at the end of the third quarter of 2017.
Nyankumbu Girls School
Discussions leading to the construction of Nyankumbu Girls’ school began in the Community Investment Committee (CRC) forum a decade ago. At the time, as is the case at present, girls in the region had fewer opportunities to access education than boys, due to the influence of ancient social structures. While boys were given time to play or engage in preparatory studies at home after school hours, their female counterparts were expected to assist the family with domestic tasks. This social arrangement at the family level led to the widespread failure of girls in their school examinations. The situation was exacerbated by parents who regarded sending girls to school as a waste of time since they were expected to fail.
These considerations led to the CRC deciding to start a girls’ school focused on teaching science. The school would have a boarding facility to ensure the girls were able to spend most of their time studying. GGM committed to fund the construction, while the government agreed to provide land and to operate the school according to the public schools curriculum. Staffing and other requirements are provided by the government. The school currently enrols students from all the five districts within the Geita Region for ordinary secondary education based on performance. The school also provides advanced-level education to girls from across the country. Until its commissioning the school infrastructure cost approximately US$5.5 million, and GGM continues to support the school in its efforts to improve performance. Such support includes refurbishment of the library, provision of computers, capacity building of the teachers, fuel to run the school power generator, and water in times of rationing.
In 2017, the school had a total of 820 boarding students and 47 day scholars. An average of 160 students have graduated each year since the school was commissioned in 2014. The school is yet to produce good results as envisaged by the founders of the idea. Several factors still hinder academic performance, such as lack of appropriately trained teachers, policy issues, inadequate staffing, and quality of enrolled students. Stakeholders, including Geita Gold Mine, continue to engage and find ways to improve the academic performance of the school to suit the funding that has gone into this massive project. In July, 2017 the Geita Regional Commissioner’s office commissioned a study by the Open University of Tanzania funded by the Geita Gold Mine to establish the best way to improve the school’s performance and address other issues of the school’s sustainability.
Geita Regional Hospital upgrades
Geita Gold Mine made major renovations to modernise the Geita Regional Hospital built in 1957. The mine equipped the hospital with a state of the art medical equipment which will be used for heart checks and treatment, Dentistry and others which will ensure the community members will receive specialised health services that which were only accessible at the Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute (MOI) Referral Hospital in Dar Es Salaam. GGM has invested over TZS1Billion in this project. Geita Community has over 1.7 million residents who will benefitting from the Geita Hospital services.
Kilimanjaro Challenge to fight HIV/AIDS
Managed in partnership with Tanzania Commission Against Aids, (TACAIDS) and other stakeholders, the Kilimanjaro Challenge is an annual event since 2002, the largest private-sector HIV charity event in East Africa. The Mount Kilimanjaro climb is a six day expedition by Climbers including Geita Mine employees who bravely climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds to support the government in the fight against HIV/AIDS. With the help of hundreds of sponsors, over 30 Non -government organisations have benefitted from the initiative. In 2016 approximatively TZS 750 million was distributed to various beneficiaries, including the Moyo wa Huruma Orphanage centre, Geita District Council, TACAIDS, Benjamin Mkapa Foundation and Kibong’oto Infectious Diseases Hospital which serves as the National Centre for Tuberculosis Research and Treatment. TB and HIV/AIDS are closely related diseases
“For the last two decades, Geita Gold Mine (GGM) has held a very special and unique place for AngloGold Ashanti. Not only is it one of our flagship mines, but I truly believe it represents a model for responsible investment in the extractive industry sector. With the dedication of our people, who look to deliver and support the Geita community every day, and continued investment, we have been able to turn GGM into Africa’s preeminent gold mine.” Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan, Chief executive officerRead a letter from our CEO
- Long-term commitment to the growth of Geita Gold Mine and to Tanzania
- $43 million investment in new power plant
- Further exploration and designs for Nyankanya and Geita Hill orebodies
- Underground development underway to extend the life of mine
A Letter from our CEO
For the last two decades, Geita Gold Mine (GGM) has held a very special and unique place for AngloGold Ashanti. Not only is it one of our flagship mines, but I truly believe it represents a model for responsible investment in the extractive industry sector. With the dedication of our people, who look to deliver and support the Geita community every day, and continued investment, we have been able to turn GGM into Africa’s preeminent gold mine.
Our aim at Geita is for the gold mining sector in Tanzania to grow in a way that translates into prosperity. We genuinely believe our role as a corporate citizen, and one of the most important African investors in Tanzania, is to help facilitate and support the country’s goals in achieving middle-income status by 2025. With hard work and dedication, as well as a partnership approach with the government, GGML can and will help contribute to Tanzania’s economic development and improve the welfare of its people. Our value proposition aims not only to benefit the company and its shareholders, but also the societies in which we exist. GGM’s success is intertwined with the success of the communities and relationship with government.
We believe Geita Gold Mining Limited (GGML) and AngloGold Ashanti have provided a positive model with successive administrations on how the mining sector can cooperate with the Government of Tanzania. The Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) awarded GGM as the most consistent and compliant taxpayer in the country. GGM was also awarded the Best Employer of the Year Award as a 1st runner up in 2016 by the Association of Tanzania Employers, and were awarded as the most compliant employer in the mining sector by the National Social Security Fund. All of this would not be possible without a senior management team where Tanzanians comprise of 60% of the executive committee (ExCo). With their leadership, GGM has been recognized as a safety and health compliant company, recognised by the Occupational, Health and Safety (OHS) for two years in a row, most recently in 2017.
A thriving GGM, receiving its required investment, producing at its most efficient levels possible and delivering tax to the exchequer, is one of the most powerful tools to enable the country to reach its goals. As we embark on an ambitious strategy, investing several hundred million dollars at GGM to extend life of this iconic Tanzanian gold mine, we understand that in today’s world you cannot simply be a mining company. In order to succeed and provide lasting change to the communities you operate in and the country that hosts you, the activities must go beyond mining. This is something that my colleagues at AngloGold Ashanti wholeheartedly advocate. This is why GGML has invested significantly in the following key areas in Geita: education, health and infrastructure. These three areas will form the backbone of our future commitment to the people of Geita and Tanzania, which parallelly underline the government’s important industrialization plans.
For years GGML has been transforming lives in Tanzania, where GGML’s education-based programs have been empowering communities in the Geita area with the knowledge and skillsets to achieve their own vision and take charge of their own future. GGML’s most important endeavor to date, one which will have a significant and long-standing impact for the future, is GGML’s $7mn construction of the Nyankumubu Secondary School for girls. This terrific school, I believe, should be a model for future secondary schools across the country in terms of infrastructure, layout and facilities. Already it’s become an attractive destination for young girls in the Lake Zone. I am reminded of a bright young lady, Janeth G. Joseph, who went to Jordan University in Morogoro after successfully completing her high school studies at Nyankumubu. Janeth continues to visit Nyankumubu Secondary school; she also teaches there, starting an important cycle that I have no doubt will continue into the future. Of course, it will not be an easy journey and there is still a lot to be done at Nyankumubu - great facilities alone do not translate to good quality education. For that reason GGML’s focus over the next few years, working closely with local authorities, will be to improve the quality of education so that all the girls that attend our school are guaranteed future success in tertiary education.
Among the initiatives designed in partnership with the local government and host communities is a five-year plan to develop tailoring, welding, fabrication and brickmaking business through the Magogo SME Center. This center, established in 2016, will look to train and support young entrepreneurs in Geita and equip them to build skills and prepare them to start their own businesses. In that spirit of entrepreneurship, GGML has also created a space within the center that will see a group of women starting a catering service. At first the service caters for the center, but will eventually scale up to other parts of the community. This is just another example of what underpins our ultimate goal: helping build capacity and sustainable economic development for the future of Geita that goes beyond mining.
It is also great to see local farmers utilizing the skills introduced through the Geita Economic Development Plan. Farming represents an important fabric of Tanzania’s society and we recognize its significant role in socioeconomic development. Thanks to the new techniques used to improve the quality and quantity of their corps – and even introducing new commercially viable ones like sunflower – they have taken their grandfathers’ profession into a completely new level and have started to develop a more sustainable agribusiness model.
Helping these communities meet their critical needs is unquestionably worthy, but empowering them to acquire the know-how and enabling them to educate their fellow citizens is a lot better and by far more compelling. That’s why nurturing skill development in the Geita area is what we aim for. Facilitating aspects of local supply chains is essential to create a successful business cycle and stimulate the economy.
Education is just one component in which we will continue to invest in the future. Infrastructure, is another. The Geita Town Water Project represents a commitment to providing access to clean and safe water to the Geita community. Water access in Geita improved from 3% in 2012 to 36% in 2016, and as a result, the water service has improved the health standards of the people and nearly all water related diseases have been eradicated. GGML will continue to create the necessary conditions so that water access steadily improves over the next 5-10 years. GGML has $53 million worth of community projects planned for the next 14 years.
Looking ahead, we are optimistic that the future is bright. As we carry out further exploration work at GGM, we look to transition from open pit to underground drilling to extend the life of the mine and realize its full potential. GGML invested $713million in Tanzania over the past five years, and we are – with the help of our local stakeholders – determined to invest more to ensure sustainable development of our operations. In fact, the new 3,948 MW, $43 million power plant which we invested in, and is expected to come online in 2018, is a concrete testament of our long-term commitment to the country.
Our vision for the future is simple. AngloGold Ashanti will continue to develop GGM as a world-class asset in Tanzania, making a significant contribution towards the country’s Gross Domestic Product and prioritizing communal development and job creation. Our mission is to continue to develop a value-driven mining company that invests in its people and communities for the purpose of contributing to the development of Tanzania’s social and economic wellbeing.
Chief executive officer
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