Ghana

Accra (AFP) Ghana has long been known for its bountiful gold reserves and was called “the Gold Coast” during its colonial era. But illegal mining in Africa’s second largest producer is taking a heavy human as well as environmental and economic toll with more than $2 billion lost to the practice last year alone. Campaigners have been lobbying against illegal mining — known locally as “galamsey” — since February when local media revealed the dramatic impact that the practice, which often uses mercury, was having on Ghana’s soil and waterRead More
Kokrobite (Ghana) (AFP) Brett Davies paced up and down the sloping sands of Kokrobite beach in Ghana, organising surfers from 20 different countries at his annual international competition. Along the beach, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) west of Accra, dotted with dug-out fishing boats, Rastafarians were selling T-shirts and small children were playing in the sand. Davies, 42, is leading the push to bring surfers to the West African nation as a way to help boost the country’s under-developed tourism sector. The British national already runs a surf school atRead More
Accra (AFP) Twenty-two miners have now been declared dead after an illegal goldmine collapsed in western Ghana, police said, increasing the toll from 17. Nsuta district police commander Superintendent Atsu Dzinaku said the toll was revised after more family members came forward to say one of their relatives was missing. “Initially they said five, 14, then 17, now 22,” he told AFP by telephone. The abandoned mine, which was more than 80 metres (260 feet) deep, collapsed on Sunday. A decision to end a rescue operation for survivors was takenRead More
Accra (AFP) Rescuers on Thursday called off a search for miners who were trapped underground after an illegal goldmine collapsed in western Ghana, declaring 17 dead, a local lawmaker told AFP. Nsuta representative Williams Adomako said teams that were trying to rescue the miners after the pit caved in on Sunday managed to locate the body of one miner and bring it to the surface. But they were unable to reach 16 others in the stricken mine, which is more than 80 metres (260 feet) deep. Government and local officialsRead More
Accra (AFP) Rescuers were on Tuesday scrambling to locate survivors after an illegal goldmine collapsed in western Ghana, trapping at least 17 miners underground. The abandoned mine in Prestea-Nsuta, which was more than 80 metres (260 feet) deep, caved in on Sunday afternoon as the miners were coming back to the surface. “As of now, we are on the site with the rescue teams,” Nsuta district police commander Superintendent Atsu Dzinaku told AFP. “They saw a body which they are trying to get out,” he added. “They assure us theyRead More
Accra (AFP) Rescuers in Ghana are racing against time to find 14 missing miners trapped after an illegal pit collapsed in the country’s south officials said Monday. Police said they are still searching for survivors in Prestea-Nsuta, a town in Ghana’s Western Region, after an abandoned mine caved in on Sunday. “We can’t confirm if they are dead or not,” Nsuta District Police Commander Superintendent Atsu Dzinaku told AFP. “They were coming out to find some food to eat, on coming (up) they heard a noise inside, then the pitRead More
Accra (AFP) Agyei Douglas is a farmer who grows vegetables near Kumasi in Ghana’s central Ashanti region. He used to struggle to access markets and capital. The information he needed was broadcast on the radio but often it wasn’t specific enough to improve his yield of lettuce, spring onions, cabbage and chilli pepper. Two years ago, the 43-year-old began using Farmerline, which delivers weather updates, the latest market prices and other details to his second generation mobile phone. “It has helped us improve on our productions through the information weRead More
Accra (AFP) Former presidents, lawmakers and senior government officials in Ghana will no longer have special privileges for private travel to the United States, Washington’s envoy has said. Until now, such individuals were able to take advantage of “protocol services” where they did not have to physically appear at the US embassy to obtain a visa. But on Thursday, US Ambassador Robert Jackson told members of parliament that the process had changed, sources in the legislature said. “If you are travelling for tourism or business that is not related toRead More
Accra (AFP) Ghana’s government is facing growing calls to keep its promises after it won elections on a pledge to stamp out corruption. President Nana Akufo-Addo and his administration have in recent weeks seen protesters take to the streets to raise awareness about the issue. In May, hundreds marched on the Economic and Organised Crime Office in the capital Accra with a petition calling for the arrest and prosecution of offenders, and for stolen money to be recovered. The action is similar to OccupyGhana, a citizen pressure group, which beganRead More
Accra (AFP) An off-duty soldier in Ghana who was lynched while out running was laid to rest with full state honours on Friday, in a case that has sparked fears about the “growing menace” of mob justice. Maxwell Mahama was beaten and burnt to death near the central city of Kumasi on May 29, after locals mistook him for a robber because he was wearing sports clothing and carrying a pistol. The brutal attack on the 31-year-old — described as a “heinous crime” by President Nana Akufo-Addo — was capturedRead More