The social impact of closure is perhaps the least understood and potentially the most difficult element to gauge and manage effectively. AngloGold Ashanti recognises the importance of fostering and contributing to resilient and self-sustaining communities over the entire lifecycle of mining operations.
Economic considerations are integral to integrated closure planning, exploring and capitalising on economic succession planning throughout the entire mining lifecycle – from design, through operations and beyond closure.
From an environmental point of view, we continue to ensure that all our operations have closure plans that comply with all applicable laws, regulations and requirements. In line with contributing towards the SDG 15, we continue to conduct environmental assessments and ensure investment in post-closure rehabilitation both for purposes of land restoration and biodiversity enhancement.
Our Closure Planning Standard was established to set a consistent benchmark across all our operations and ensure multi-disciplinary identification and management of current and future closure risks and liabilities in a manner that adds value.
Policies and standards
- Environmental Policy English, pdf
- Integrated Environment & Community Policy English, pdf
- Management Standard: Biodiversity English, pdf
- Management Standard: Closure Planning English, pdf
- Management Standard: Land Use English, pdf
For further information, refer to <SR>2020: Integrated closure
Obuasi Mine’s Closure Consultative Committee
The key purpose of the Closure Consultative Committee (CCC) is to track the implementation of the mine’s reclamation plan, ensuring that the completion criteria contained in RSA are met.
Successful trial farm at Old Tailings Storage Facility at Iduapriem
The development and execution of a closure plan is intrinsic in the planning and during the operation of any AngloGold Ashanti project. Planning for closure is part of a wider development plan and until approval has been given by the relevant authorities, progress on any new operation cannot begin.
Siguiri cashew project: creating sustainable livelihoods
After extensive consultation with the community of Siguiri to address high levels of unemployment and looking at what was available as a source of income for the community, a decision was made to construct a semi-mechanised cashew processing plant.
Quebradona Biodiversity Initiative
A ground-breaking plan to create and integrate a park and biodiversity centre into its Quebradona copper-gold project, in Colombia’s Antioquia province.