Nana Yaa Brefo Danso, a well-known broadcaster, has made history by becoming the first woman to venture 4,550 feet deep into the community mining pit in Tarkwa, located in the Western Region of Ghana. This is equivalent to climbing the height of eight of Accra’s Twin Towers or 19 times the Vilagio located at Airport in Accra.
Nana Yaa Brefo Danso, who co-hosts the Anɔpa Bɔfoɔ morning show on Angel 102.9FM and Angel TV in Accra, visited the underground mine on Saturday, June 10, 2023, along with her colleagues, including the show producer, Jerry Tsatro Mordy. They were led into the pit by Chairman of Tarkwa Community Mining worker’s union, Kofi Zong, organiser Francis Kwao, and General Manager Mark Conduah.
Nana Yaa Brefo Danso and her crew sat in the mine locomotive and went as deep as the 7th level, which is 4,550 feet. The pit is made up of 28 levels, each level being 650 feet deep underground, which means they were 18,200 feet below the surface of the earth. They spent close to 30 minutes interacting with the miners deep underground.
The crew visited the mining town to have a first-hand experience of the community mining program introduced by the government in November 2021. The workers at the site praised Nana Yaa Brefo Danso for making the bold decision to visit the underground mine.
The Community mining schemes, first rolled out by the IMCIM and later integrated into the NAELP, have been central to recent government efforts. These schemes aim to bolster the participation of residents of host communities in small-scale mining operations while cracking down on illegal practices.
The full interview will be shown on the morning show, which will be live from the pit on Monday, June 12, 2023, on Angel 102.9FM and Angel TV.