Barrick Gold Corporation – Barrick recognized as key socio-economic partner of Tanzania
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Barrick has committed $6 for every ounce of gold sold by its two mines in Tanzania to improve health care, education, infrastructure and access to clean water in local communities.
North Mara Gold Mine, Tanzania – Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:GOLD)(TSX:ABX) has been recognized as the largest contributor to government revenue in 2021, confirming its position as a key partner in Tanzania’s socio-economic development .
Chairman and CEO Mark Bristow told the media here today that since the company took over North Mara and Bulyanhulu in September 2019, its total investment in the country has amounted to 1,995 billion dollars.1. In the first half of this year, it paid $158 million in taxes, royalties and levies, $42 million in distributions to the Tanzanian government in the form of dividends and shareholder loans as well as $210 million to suppliers local. He also paid $140 million of his $300 million settlement with the government.
“When we took over these mines, they were a dying burden on the government and their investors. In a very short time, we redesigned and redesigned them, effectively creating two new mines. They are well placed to provide their annual production forecasts and have the potential to reach a combined level2 status in Barrick’s portfolio meaning they are capable of producing at least 500,000 ounces of gold per year for over 10 years at the lower end of the cost spectrum as a combined complex,” said Bristol.
“We continue to replace resources depleted by mining and we are also targeting new opportunities, increasing our footprint around Bulyanhulu through the acquisition of six highly prospective licenses. We are also updating geological models in the area of North Mara and identify potential targets elsewhere in Tanzania.
In line with Barrick’s local employment policy, Tanzanian nationals now make up 96% of the workforce at both mines and 64% of their senior managers are Tanzanian. The mines are also driving increased employment for women in a traditionally male-dominated industry through targeted recruitment and development programs.
Barrick has committed $6 for every ounce of gold sold by the two mines to improve health care, education, infrastructure and access to clean water in their communities. A further $70 million has been allocated for investment in national value-added projects, including mining-related training and science facilities at Tanzanian universities.
Last quarter, Bulyanhulu was named the overall winner of Tanzania’s OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Authority) award for 2022, while North Mara received the award for Best Community Health Awareness Program.
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A Tier 1 gold asset is one with reserve potential to provide a minimum life of 10 years, annual production of at least 500,000 ounces of gold and total cash costs per ounce over the life of mine that are in the lower half of the industry cost. curve.
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