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31 March 2013

AngloGold Ashanti’s people philosophy bears fruit

AngloGold Ashanti prides itself in demonstrating that it is a great place to work. Our training and development initiatives are aligned with HR planning, performance management, talent pool development and the company’s labour and social plans. Every year, colleagues from across our regions complete management training at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business.

Introducing Kagisho Rantiga - System for People Information Systems Administrator

Kagisho recently completed the Intermediate Management Development Programme (IMDP) as part of his career development plan. Entrepreneurship was one of his key modules. Students were divided into diverse groups and then tasked to select a project which would add value to the business. Kagisho’s group project was titled Cost Effective Removal of Tailings and Improvement on Health & Safety of the Local Community at Pompora.

Project Background

The Pompora tailings are one of the oldest tailings dams in the Obuasi Municipality (Ghana). Throughout the years a community of local people formed around the tailings. The tailings embankments had been raised beyond the original design height and the facility was showing various signs of distress that required urgent consideration. Environmental impact assessments and tests conducted on the surrounding areas revealed unsafe and unhealthy living conditions for the community at Pompora.

As a business which values the wellbeing of its host communities, AngloGold Ashanti was required to either move the tailings to a safer location or to relocate the local community around Pompora to a new site. The group recommended the relocation of the tailings facility as the preferred solution to safeguard the safety and health of the community.

Value add for Kagisho

Reflecting on his learning from this project, the 29-year-old Kagisho gave credit to his team colleagues (Munga Bahome, Mangaliso Futshane, David Mantshiyane, Irene Beukes) who helped ensure the project was successfully completed.

“The key aspect to the success of the project was how well we adapted and responded to working cross-culturally with diverse people in the team. The ability to compromise was important to ensure progress towards the goal post. The most valuable and logical thing the team decided on was to value diversity,” reflects Kagisho.

Doing the IMDP and working at the same time can be extremely challenging. Kagisho was very fortunate to have a manager who is involved in his development and who has the passion to see him progressing in his role and career within the company.

“My manager provided me the necessary support that enabled me to complete my IMDP. He helped me in finding a balance between my work and IMDP. This to me is the reflection of AngloGold Ashanti’s philosophy of people are the business,” concludes Kagisho.