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Published by Candace Bentel, 2017-06-22 09:50:26

Gyata Akasa | Edition 1 - 2017

Gyata Akasa | Edition 1 - 2017

Gyata
West Africa newsletter to inform › engage › inspire
Committed to a successful 2017
Dear Colleagues
As a dedicated team, I can see the efforts everyone is putting into the business to make 2017 a successful year.
West Africa
Our teams have been going the extra mile in implementing the Damang Reinvestment Plan, which was ahead of schedule at the end of the rst quarter, and in managing the Tarkwa and Damang Road improvements.
Well done to the team involved in installing our Genser gas power plants too. This investment will help to ensure our energy stability, save costs and reduce our carbon footprint. We also
thank our Community Affairs team for their efforts in making a positive impact in our communities.
Thank you for your hard work and dedication so far. Let’s continue to work together to make 2017 a great year!
Alfred Baku, EVP: West Africa Region.
T&A
Gold Fields West Africa will pilot a new Time & Attendance (T&A) Clocking System in May 2017.
It will ultimately be integrated into payroll and replace manual timekeeping. The integration will take place three months after the pilot.
Get in touch
Share your thoughts on Gyata Akasa Email [email protected] gold elds.com
349 Plan update
Damang Gas plants Reinvestment are live
Steve achieves career milestone
Warm regards
Alfred Baku
EVP: West Africa Region
EDITION 1 2017
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COMPANY NEWS
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Contributing to Ghana’s growth
At an awards function earlier this year, the Ghana Revenue Authority recognised Gold Fields West Africa as the nation’s largest corporate taxpayer in 2016.
We contributed GHS355m through royalty and corporate income tax payments, and GHS146m through employees’ Pay As You Earn (PAYE) and payments on behalf of our local contractors and suppliers. During 2015 we were the country’s second largest taxpayer.
“The award con rms the mining sector’s contribution in general, and Gold Fields’ in particular, to Ghana’s economy and development,”said Alfred Baku, Executive Vice President for West Africa at the event.
He added that the company’s contribution extends beyond the required payment of taxes and royalties to
include employment, infrastructure, and investment in sustainable community development.
Gold Fields is not only one of the biggest contributors to our tax revenue, but one
of the most compliant companies with payments and filing of taxes. You have consistently been part of the top taxpayers in Ghana and your contribution to national development in general is significant.” Ghana Revenue Authority (2016)
The Code applies to me
The updated Code of Conduct was launched at the end of 2016. Key points include:
Tax breakdown
 Employees must declare ALL gifts, business courtesies, hospitality
and entertainment up to the Cedi equivalent of USD60. Record it in the Gifts, Hospitality and Entertainment Register and get approval from your senior manager and/or Exco member before accepting any of these.
 All employees must comply with anti- bribery and -corruption laws where Gold Fields operates.
 The new External Interaction and Commitments Register must be used to record ALL interactions with Government of cials.
 ALL con icts of interest (including work outside of Gold Fields) must be disclosed to your line manager, the Head of Legal and the EVP & Head of West Africa, and where appropriate the CFO or CEO.
See the Code of Conduct for more information about each of these points.
More info
Visit the Code of Conduct portal using the shortcut on your PC or at http:// gf/CoC/html3/index.html to nd out more. Send any queries to the VP: Legal Michael Edem Aka a or the
EVP: Group General Counsel ([email protected] elds.com).
Speak up about violations to the Code
Email: gold [email protected] Website: www.tip-offs.com Telephone number: 0800 54 760
NO RETALIATON
against anyone speaking up!


COMPANY NEWS
2016, Gold Fields West Africa in partnership
with the Government of Ghana, started upgrading the road under our Shared Value initiative. Three contractors have each been awarded a part of the road project.
US$17 million
Our investment the upgrade
in
months
to completion
Tracking the progress 13
Engineers & Planners, one of the contractors, at work.
The BCM Ghana start-up crew.
Damang Reinvestment Plan
Tarkwa- Damang Road
update
Work on the 29km road between the Tarkwa and Damang Mines is making good progress. In August
On our way to extending Damang’s life of mine and adding to production.
At the end of last year, the two selected major mining contractors – BCM Ghana and Engineers & Planners – arrived on site to start work on the Damang Complex Pits and the Satellite Pits respectively.
Capital waste stripping has started in the Amoanda 3 & 4 Pits and Saddle/ Damang Pit Cutbacks in the Satellite and Damang Complex areas.
In numbers
• 9.6Mt31% above target Total tonnes mined in Q1
• +36koz vs 29koz
Gold Produced in Q1 against original plan PLUS costs in line
1 850 jobs are directly associated with the plan. The contractors have been recruiting former Damang employees and skilled labour from surrounding and nearby communities.
Phase 1
has kicked off
To date
Bogoso Junction to Aboso
(8km): 36.08%
Aboso to Huni Valley
(10km): 35.5%
Huni Valley to Damang gate (11km): 45.96% Total progress:
(At end of 39.79% completed February 2017)
The new culverts (being constructed here) are just one of the upgraded road’s features. Others include new road surface dressing, drains, lay-bys, bus stops, safety signage and traf c controls.
Jobs update
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Gas plants are live
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COMPANY NEWS
Gold Fields West Africa is the latest in the Group to switch to gas-generated electricity. It forms part of the company’s plans to secure our operations’ energy supply. On 9 December 2016, the new Genser gas turbine plants at Damang and Tarkwa went live. This means we are now getting most of our electricity from Genser, an independent power producer.
MW 40MW
Gas-generated electricity now provided to Damang and Tarkwa. On average, the two mines require 55MW to run. The rest of our electricity comes from the Volta River Authority.
Before, we used electricity from the national grid and also ran our own diesel power stations at Damang and Tarkwa to meet our needs. Having our own power stations was expensive and increased our carbon footprint. The new gas plants will help us save costs and minimise our carbon footprint, among other bene ts.
The Damang gas power plant was fully commissioned last year. The focus is now on completing the nal phase of the Tarkwa plant’s installation. The rst phase is deploying an additional gas turbine to boost capacity; the other involves exploring installation of steam turbines and additional equipment for increased energy ef ciency.
Watch this space for future updates.
The gas plant at Tarkwa.
Well done to the team responsible for the implementation: Godfred Wunaki, Clement Asuo-Tandoh, Hans de Beer, Rosemond Owusu-Duah, Frank Ferreira, Roger Adamah, Emmanuel Ebo Turkson and Thomas Armooh.


COMPANY NEWS
Gas plants are live continued
Other energy & carbon news
• NEW Climate Change
Policy: Climate change causes extreme weather events,
such as droughts, oods and temperature changes, all of which can negatively impact our operations. Our new Climate Change Policy, approved at
the end of 2016, aims to minimise our contribution to climate change, while helping our operations become more resilient against its effects. The policy will be rolled out as part of our Regional plans in 2017.
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• UPDATED Group Energy and Carbon (E&C) Management Guideline: The guideline is aligned to a global energy management standard and follows the P-D-C-A cycle to help us to continuously improve how we manage energy.
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The bene ts
Reduced electricity costs
30%
at Damang
14%
at Tarkwa
Improved energy supplyWe are ensuring that we have enough electricity for our needs
Contributing to availability of electricityThe electricity we no longer require from the Volta River Authority
can be supplied to other users. This will assist in growing the regional and national economy
Cost-effective and scalable
We can actively manage the number of gas turbines to closely match our demand
Environmentally responsible Carbon saving of 82.782 tCO2 per year for Damang and Tarkwa
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Achieving this milestone has been long and torturous
journey. Congratulations to every single person who has been a part of it, particularly the project team for their tenacity and untiring e orts.”
Hans de Beer, VP: Projects and Head of Engineering
Any energy questions? Email [email protected] elds.com
Saving energy – it is everyone’s business
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Both documents are available on the intranet under ‘Code of Conduct’ ‘Group Policy Register’
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COMMUNITY
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Planting the seeds for a bright future
With the feasibility studies and research completed, the rst 250 bene ciaries
(150 from Damang and 100 from Tarkwa) are now being chosen to join the Youth in Organic Horticultural Production (YouHoP) programme. The Gold Fields Ghana Foundation and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) launched this programme at the end of 2016.
+US$
850,000
over 3 years
Gold Fields and GIZ’s joint investment
YouHoP aims to create employment opportunities for young people in the agricultural sector by providing them with: equipment, technical assistance, and training at specially created farming business schools. Importantly, the training covers the entire horticultural value chain – from growing seedlings, nursery management and the actual planting to processing, marketing and distributing produce.
The programme forms part of the Employment for Sustainable Development (E4D) in Africa programme, which
GIZ is implementing on the German Government’s behalf.
Vegetable farming requires much less land, and has shorter
growth periods and great income-generating potential. Compared to traditional cash crops, like cocoa and oil palm, it is a viable alternative for the youth.”
Robert Siaw, Sustainable Development Manager
Rehabilitation in action
At the Damang Mine’s 13th ‘Open House’ meeting, we shared our commitment to sustainable mining practices and land rehabilitation.
1 000+
young people to benefit
40%
to be female
Project bene ciaries with Gold Fields and GIZ representatives at the YouHoP launch hosted by Tarkwa Mine.
Local heads sharing their views and comments
at the Victoria Waste Dump Farm, which was rehabilitated in 2008. Citrus fruit, plantain, cassava and vegetables are grown here.
The cabbage plot at the STSF demo farm.
The ‘Open House’ meeting gives community members the opportunity to see sustainable mining practices implemented by the company. They visited the South Tailings Storage Facility (STSF) and the Victoria Waste Dump Farm, where various crops are grown.
The meeting was chaired by the Gyaasehene of Damang with key speeches by Henry Attakora, Acting General Manager and Francis Nyame, HSE Manager with support from Abdel-Razak Yakubu, Community Affairs Manager.
Francis Nyame, HSE Manager addressing community members at the STSF, which was decommissioned in 2002. He emphasised that rehabilitation is an ongoing process involving various stages.


COMMUNITY
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teachers 2 and
circuit supervisors
recognised
Tarkwa Mine has held its rst Teachers’ Awards ceremony
to recognise outstanding and innovative teachers at schools in its host communities. Awards were given to:
• the best Mathematics, Science, ICT, and Basic Design and Technology teachers;
• teachers who excelled in promoting inclusive education and in their work in an underserved or remote area, and
• the top school and best head teacher of the year.
The Awards replace the ‘top up’ of teachers’ salaries.
Damang GM meets chiefs
In keeping with the tradition, the new General Manager (GM) Michiel van der Merwe visited chiefs of Damang’s surrounding communities earlier this year.
The customary ceremony was an opportunity for Michiel to meet Nana Kwabena Amponsah II of Subri, Nana Amoakwa III of Damang and Nana Kwabena Amponsah IV of Huni Valley (Bosomtwi), and to ask for their prayers and support.
He acknowledged the chiefs and communities’ commitment and cooperation with Damang over the years, and pledged to be visible and available to them. Traditional prayers were said and libation poured to ask for blessings for the GM, his team and the mine.
Michiel was accompanied by:
Ida Appiah Teye, Relieving Executive Secretary; Francis Nyame, Health, Safety and Environment Manager; Collins Okyere, Protection Services Superintendent, and Abdel-Razak Yakubu, Community Affairs and Public Relations Manager, among other team members.
Elders of the Bosomtwe stool saying traditional prayers for the new GM and the mine.
Nana Amoakwa III – Chief of Damang, Michiel van der Merwe and Abdel-Razak Yakubu in conversation.
Elders and company representatives join in the traditional prayers.
Celebrating and inspiring teachers
A very happy Lawson Agbeko of Gold Fields School Complex received the Best Teacher, Basic Design and Technology award. Awardees received citations and prizes including deep freezers, refrigerators, gas stoves with ovens, microwaves, television sets, and desktop and laptop computers.
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Tarkwa invests in the future
Gyata
COMMUNITY
Seen on
LinkedIn
One hundred and fty needy students from Tarkwa’s
host communities are able to pursue their secondary and tertiary education this year, thanks to scholarships and bursaries from the mine. The bene ciaries include 87 male and 63 female students.
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scholarships and bursaries awarded
Speaking at the ceremony where the scholarships and bursaries were awarded, Stephen Osei-Bempah, Tarkwa’s General Manager, said that among Gold Fields’ social responsibility commitments education remained the number one priority. He added that education contributes to sustainable development and is fundamental to growing any community or nation.
“Knowledge and skills acquired
through education will drive the youth’s employability, productivity, health and wellbeing now and in decades to come,” he noted.
The event was attended by the Gyasehene of the Apinto Divisional Council, Dr Nana Adarkwa Bediako II.
Some of the bene ciaries with their parents.
Feedback from Gold Fields followers
1 245
students supported since 2005
The education of our young people will ensure that our host
communities and company thrive because we can employ skills and talents from our local communities.” Stephen Osei-Bempah, Tarkwa’s General Manager
On Tarkwa’s investment in education
“Wow! Well done Team
Gold Fields Ghana. I must
say that I am a bene ciary of your scholarship. You really helped me and I am very much grateful.” Abubakar Adam
“Well done Gold Fields Ghana for this good initiative to improve the level of education in Ghana.” Anthony Kobina Ampong
“Valuable support contributing to development.” Angel Gunther Vega
The Gyasehene with one of the students who received a bursary.
Follow Gold Fields’ page on LinkedIn for more feedback, Gold Fields news and job opportunities


PEOPLE
Take your career to the next level: Steve’s advice
“Always strive to achieve the highest professional mark by motivating yourself, investing in your career, and focusing on what it takes to compete with your peers. When deciding on your next step, make sure that it broadens your knowledge and enables you to make an impact, adding value to your work and personal reputation. It is never too late – let your ambitions guide you toward your future aspirations.”
Steve achieves career milestone
Steve Gyan recently became the rst person in Africa to receive the Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene certi cation from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABiH). This is one of the highest industrial hygiene quali cations awarded globally.
Steve joined Gold Fields West Africa in 2007 as Environmental Of cer, and is currently the Unit Manager: Occupational Hygiene. Over the years, Steve has been working purposefully to achieve an internationally recognised certi cate.
Achieving certi cation requires hard work, commitment and self-motivation, and not many people succeed. But Steve was up for the challenge. “It took ve years for the ABiH to approve my eligibility to begin the process. They
had to review all of my international Occupational Hygiene modules completed in the UK, including the Certi cation In Hygiene (CIH) Review Course, Professional Development Courses, an Ethics Course in Hygiene, and participation in technical sessions at conferences in the UK and US. It took another two years to prepare for the board’s certi cation examination,” he explains.
“It was a long journey but I made it with management support for all the courses and conferences attended overseas. It
is not over yet as I have to work hard
to maintain my certi cation. I keep motivated by staying focused on my goal,” says Steve.
He adds that reaching this career milestone has broadened his horizons.
He comments: “I have gained knowledge and understanding beyond my current work experience. It will assist me in executing my role and responsibilities
in addressing issues related to worker health protection with the highest level of competence. The certi cation will open doors and help to grow my career, giving me credibility and recognition from my peers worldwide.”
Steve’s American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABiH) certi cation is recognised by the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA).
A first for Africa
Thank you Gold Fields
for developing me in
the field of industrial hygiene
practice to achieve the
company vision for worker
health protection. I humbly
see myself as an example of
Gold Fields’ investment in its
employees.”
Steve Gyan, Unit Manager Occupational Hygiene
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EDITION 1 2017 Akasa
QIn their own words
In every issue, we ask employees for their views.
What is the most important thing we can do to take Gold Fields West Africa forward this year?
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PEOPLE
Nafiu Aremu,
Cost Accountant
Samuel Morkeh Arthur,
Senior Environmental O icer -
Aew BI ideas and cost saving initiatives to increase production and reduce costs.
Bridget Esi Johnson,
Planned Maintenance Clerk
ays we can take Gold WA
Fields West Africa forward are:
• effective training
programmes or courses for employees to save the costs of hiring consultants and contractors;
• increased availability of equipment, and
• providing own
equipment parts or dealing directly with manufacturers rather than engaging third parties to save costs and delays.
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health and safety of their subordinates at all times. With a good safety culture, we can be sure that production targets can be achieved.
Godbless Agyapong Kwaning,
HME Mechanic
he most important thing is that all employees have to TA
be aligned to understand Gold Fields’ vision and mission. They need to know their KPIs and be fully equipped, through training, to execute tasks.
Monitoring
AFor the organisation to move forward this year, our focus must be on working safely across all levels. This will require hard work and vigilance from all employees. Managers, supervisors and leading hands must be responsible for the


PEOPLE
People on the move
Welcome Chris
Chris Turek has joined the Gold Fields West Africa team as Vice President: Technical for our Region.
More about his position: Chris reports directly to the EVP and Head of West Africa Region, and will provide technical oversight and support to mine planning, mineral resources, technology and innovation, and metallurgy. He is also responsible for sustainable development interventions in the Region.
CV: Chris has over 20 years’ experience in mining and has worked in various managerial roles. Before joining Gold Fields, he was a technical services consultant for clients in South America.
Education: Chris holds a BSc degree in Mining Engineering from Michigan Technological University, US, and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from York University, Canada. He is also a member of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia and Professional Engineers of Ontario.
Helena Ekua Appiah,
Community A airs O icer
Gloria Ahlijah,
Executive Assistant
AImprove the ef ciencies across the mining value chain, for example by improving the process to convert low grade resource to high grade. Deal with the relevant stakeholders in a fair and transparent manner. Develop and implement strategies that will help to utilise opportunities and guide against threats in the mining industry.
ne of the ways in which OA
Gold Fields West Africa can move forward this year is through effective cost management, especially with innovation in production.
Relatively decreasing operational costs, while maintaining high gold production will
make the company sustainable. We can save costs through innovation in production and service.
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Our priorities for 2017
Gold Fields West Africa’s balanced scorecard (BSC) summarises our key focus areas for the year and the goals we need to achieve. It is informed by the Group scorecard and guides your individual BSC.
Sustainable free
cash ow margin
10% @ US$1,200/oz or
5% @ US$1,100/oz gold price
Capital allocation &
management
Formation of an Investment Committee to vet all material applications for expenditure (AFEs)
Shared value
Implement 2017 host community procurement action plans
Mine closure
Develop a social closure planning framework to integrate into closure plans
Water
Improve safety
practices
10% improvement in TRIFR and behavioural-based safety programmes
Damang Reinvestment Plan
Deliver year 1 of Damang Reinvestment Plan
Organic growth/life extension
Increase resources: Kobada, Rex and Huni
FINANCIAL
SOCIAL LICENCE TO OPERATE
BUSINESS OPTIMISATION
Technology & Innovation
Scoping study to eliminate off-siders and spotters
Energy cost management
20MW Genser plant fully commissioned and completion of Tarkwa gas power plant expansion
Talent management
Drive a high-performance culture and ensure robust IDPs are in place for all D2 and above
Restructure to perform
Develop and implement t-for- purpose structure for the operations
2017
PEOPLE
Undertake a review and gap analysis of water management practices to align to the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) water position statement
Tailings
All TSFs reviewed against ICMM tailings management framework by external expert
Governance &
compliance
Complete rollout of all governance and compliance (Code of Conduct)
Develop great agile people managers
Implement the Gold Fields Ghana Leadership Transformation Journey programme
HR analytics & systems
Implement Employee Central (EC) on SuccessFactors
Wage model
Develop sustainable LOM wage model with the Ghana Mineworkers Union
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