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Newmont Ghana GoldNewmont's interests in Africa began in 2002, with the acquisition of Australia's largest gold company, Normandy Mining, a deal which brought two fairly advanced exploration projects into Newmont's portfolio: the Ahafo project, which is located in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana, and the Akyem project, located in the Birim North District of the eastern region of the country. Together, these projects represent some 20 per cent of the company's core assets worldwide.Having formed Newmont Ghana Gold Limited (NGGL) to manage the African operations, the company continued with a policy of exploration at both sites until late 2005. "The decision was then made to halt the development of Akyem and concentrate on Ahafo," explains general manager Scott Santti. "I believe it was one of the best decisions we've made, because managing two projects concurrently in what was essentially a new region for Newmont was pretty aggressive."This left Santti and his team with the resources and time to concentrate on building the mine; to develop suitable mining and milling techniques for the conditions at Ahafo; to learn how to communicate and work with the national regulatory bodies; and to develop good relationships with the local people. One of the greatest early challenges of the project was to build trust and cooperation with the local community. The ore deposit lay directly beneath an area that was March 10 www.bus-ex.com 17The Scaw Metals Group is an international group manufacturing a diverse range of quality steel products. The main products manufactured are rolled steel, forged and high chrome grinding media, steel and alloy iron castings, and steel wire rope. Scaw's global grinding media manufacturing facilities have the capacity to manufacture some 900,000 tonnes. The South African and international networks of shared technical, manufacturing and marketing knowledge have captured the leading share in each of Scaw's primary markets.In the Southern African region, Scaw's specialised manufacturing facility in South Africa produces a full range of heat-treated high chromium cast iron grinding media under license to Magotteaux International for the comminution of ores in the platinum, base metals and power generation industries. This operation also produces heat-treated forged steel grinding media from round bar that is manufactured on-site in Scaw's rolling mills. Scaw's forged steel grinding media is supplied throughout the African continent primarily into the gold and copper mining industries.Internationally the Moly-Cop operations produce a complete range of heat treated forged steel grinding media from one inch up to seven inches in diameter, for the South and North American mining industries. Moly-Cop has manufacturing facilities based in South America, Canada, Australia and Europe.The Scaw Metals Group