Gold Fields Limited (Gold Fields) (JSE, NYSE: GFI) has expressed its heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of the explosion at Apiate, near Bogoso in the Western Region, the community and all those who have been affected by this tragedy.
“We are saddened by the disaster at Apiate and have noted the devastating effect the explosion has had in the community. We offer our support to authorities and the people of the community. We are ready to assist in any way we can”, says Joshua Mortoti, acting Executive Vice President and Head of West Africa.
Gold Fields Ghana has mobilised a number of resources, including tents, food and equipment, to support the relief activities on the ground. Our medical teams have also offered to assist.
Gold Fields will also work with its peers in the Ghana Chamber of Mines to provide collective support to the community of Apiate.
Initial media reports suggested the truck carrying the explosives had started its journey at our Tarkwamine. This is incorrect. The van was from an explosives depot at Tarkwa. The news agency has subsequently corrected the original story.
The Police had said its preliminary investigation established that a mining explosive vehicle moving from Tarkwa to Chirano mines collided with a motorcycle resulting in the explosion.
“Reference to our earlier emergency public notice, the Police have taken charge of the situation providing security to enable the emergency workers including the Ghana National Fire Service, NADMO and the Ambulance Service to manage the situation.
“The public has been advised to move out of the area to nearby towns for their safety while recovery efforts are underway.An appeal is also being made to nearby towns to open up their classrooms, churches etc to accommodate surviving victims.
“Meanwhile, preliminary investigation has established that a mining explosive vehicle moving from Tarkwa to Chirano mines collided with a motorcycle resulting in the explosion. Most of the victims have been rescued and are on admission at various hospitals and clinics within the Bogoso Municipality.