Acacia’s Buzwagi Gold Mine has been feted.
Tanzania’s largest gold miner and one of the largest producers of gold in Africa has won Africa-wide award for its successful engagement and support for its employees ahead of the mine’s planned closure in two years’ time.
The mine, which is part of the Acacia Group, received the top honour in the Reward, Recognition and Wellbeing category at the Africa Employee Engagement awards in South Africa.
A statement from the mining firm, says that Buzwagi mine would close in 2020 and thus a program seeking to manage the impact of the closure dubbed “No Harm 2020” was launched.
“The programme seeks to ensure that the final stages of Buzwagi’s Life of Mine are handled in a manner that prepares employees and community members for new opportunities once all mining and processing activities have been completed.” The statement reads in part.
General Manager Buzwagi and Bulyanhulu Mines Benedict Busunzu, and his team attended last week’s awards ceremony in Johannesburg and congratulated the efforts of his Buzwagi staff.
“I am so pleased to see the incredible work done by the Buzwagi team towards our people has been internationally recognised,” Busunzu said. “This confirms our dedication to make sure No Harm will be felt by our people, our business and community towards the closure of Buzwagi in 2020.” He added.
As part of “No Harm 2020” team members at Buzwagi have been equipped with information, tools, and the know-how to find new jobs or set up their own business once the mine is no longer operational. A bespoke training course, under the banner of “Life Beyond Buzwagi”, also brought key members of the community such as local government officials and traditional leaders on board in an effort to grow support for the mine’s activities and help them understand the changes people would face.
Judges at the Africa Employee Engagement Awards ceremony in Johannesburg were impressed with how Buzwagi’s “No Harm 2020” programme went beyond what other mining companies usually do in terms of caring for the wellbeing of their employees during the closure of a mine.
They noted how impressive how “Life Beyond Buzwagi” programme was a world class example of employee engagement during what was a difficult period for those with strong links to the mine.