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    THE GHANAIAN COMMISSIONER FOR LANDS AND MINERAL RESOURCES MR. PHILIPS, RECENTLY VISITED THE MINE OF?

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    MR. PHILIPS DESCENDS MINE SHAFT AND IS GREETED UNDERGROUND BY MINERS; PARTY TOUR MINE, EQUIPMENT; MOLTEN GOLD BEING PRODUCED.




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    Background: THE GHANAIAN COMMISSIONER FOR LANDS AND MINERAL RESOURCES MR. PHILIPS, RECENTLY VISITED THE MINE OF THE ASHANTI GOLDFIELDS AT OBUASI AS PART OF A TOUR OF FACILITIES UNDER HIS MINISTRY. HE BECAME THE FIRST VISITOR TO DESCEND OVER A MILE (1 1/2 KMS) DOWN THE NEW SHAFT OF THE MINE, WHICH IS THE DEEPEST OUTSIDE SOUTH AFRICA.

    THE ASHANTI GOLDFIELDS CORPORATION WAS FORMED ABOUT 72 YEARS AGO AND IS RUN IN PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN GHANA AND BRITAIN. MR. PHILIPS' 4,200 FOOT (1,280 METRES) TRIP DOWN THE MINE FOR THE FIRST PART OF HIS JOURNEY TOOK ABOUT THREE MINUTES. HE WAS MET AT THE BOTTOM BY THE FIRST GHANAIAN MINE CAPTAIN, MR. VINCENT DANKWA.

    THE ASHANTI MINE WORKS THREE SHIFTS ON A 24-HOUR DUTY. THE CORPORATION GIVES WORK TO UP 7,000 PEOPLE AND IS THE BIGGEST SINGLE EMPLOYER IN WEST AFRICA. THE POPULATION OF OBUASI ITSELF IS ABOUT 30,000. MR. PHILIPS DESCENDED THE LAST STAGE OF HIS TRIP DOWN THE MINE IN A DUCKET LIFT A DISTANCE OF MORE THAN 3,000 FEET (914 METRES). THE TRIP TOOK 2 1/2 MINUTES.

    MR. PHILIPS VISITED THE GOLD TREATMENT PLANT, SAID TO BE THE MOST MODERN IN AFRICA. THE GOLD ARRIVES AT THE PLANT EMBEDDED IN PARTICLES OF ROCK AND HAS TO BE SIFTED. THE GOLD IS MELTED DOWN AND POURED INTO MOULDS TO PRODUCE BARS WEIGHING 700 OUNCES. THE CORPORATION TURNS OUT GBP6,000,000 STERLING WORTH OF GOLD ANNUALLY AND IS GHANA'S LARGEST FOREIGN EXCHANGE EARNER AFTER COCOA.

    A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CORPORATION SAID GOLD DEPOSITS AT THE MINE WERE EXPECTED TO LAST AT LEAST ANOTHER 70 YEARS. THE NEW SHAFT IS EXPECTED TO BE FULLY COMPLETED BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR, AND THIS IS EXPECTED TO RESULT IN A SHARP RISE IN PRODUCTION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8JQ0CS3264RSE4CXZ8038M4VN
    Media URN:
    VLVA8JQ0CS3264RSE4CXZ8038M4VN
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/10/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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