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98 THIS MINING LEASE
is made 9th day of April 1988 between THE GOVERNMENT OP THE REPUBLIC OP GHANA (hereinafter called ’the Government“) acting by FRED OHENE-KENA the Minister of Mines and Energy (hereinafter called "the Minister") of the one part and ASHANTI GOLDPIELDS COMPANY LIMITED having its registered office at GOLD HOUSE, PATRICE LUMUMBA ROAD, ROMAN RIDGE, ACCRA, P.O. BOX 2665, ACCRA, GHANA (hereinafter called ’the Company’) of the second part:
W H E R E A S:
The Government is desirous of developing its mineral resources in such manner as will ensure that tbe maximum possible benefits
accrue to the nation from the exploitation of minerals and agreed to grant the Company a Mining Lease on the terms and conditions hereinafter following:
NOW THIS AGREEMENT WITNESSETH that:
1. GRANT OF SURFACE AND MINING RIGHTS
(a) The Government bereby grants to the Compaoy mining rights to ALL that piece of land described in the schadule hereto and more particularly delineated on the Plan attached and shown edged red (hereinafter called ’the Lease Area") together with mines, beds, seams veins, channels and strata of gold lying and being within and under the surface for a term of thirty (30) yaars from the data of this Agraomont. Such term shall be renewable from time to time in accordance with the Minerals and Mining Law, 1986, PNDCL. 153.
(b) The Government hereby grants to the Company the exclusive rights to work, develop and produce gold in the Lease Area for the said term of thirty (30) years (including, the proceasiog, storing and transportation of ore aod materials together with tbe rights and powers reasonably incidental thereto) subject to tha provisions of this Agreement.
(c) The Company shall not, however, conduct any operations in a sacred area and ahall not, without the prior consent in writing of the Minister conduct any operations:
(i) within 50 yards of any building, installation, reservoir or dam, public road, railway or area appropriated for railway;
(ii) in an area occupied by a market, burial ground/cemetery or Government office, or situated within a town or village or set apart for, used, appropriated or dedicated to a public purpose.
(d) The Company shall commence commercial production of gold within two (2) years from the date of this Mining Lease.
(e) The Company shall conduct its operations in a manner consistent with good commercial mining practices so as not to interfere unreasonably with vegetation in the Lease Area or with the customary rights and privileges of persons to hunt and snare game, gather firewood for domestic purposes or to collect snails.
(f) The public shall be permitted at their sole risk to use without charge, any road constructed by the Company in the Lease Area, in a manner consistent with good mining practices, safety and security, provided that such use does not unreasonably interfere with the operations of the Company hereunder and provided also that such permission shall not extend to areas enclosed for mining operations.
(g) Nothing contained in this Agreement shall be deemed to confer any rights on the Company conflicting with provisions contaLned in the minerals and Mining Law, 1986 P.N.D.C.L. 153 or to permit the Company to dispense with the necessity of applying for and obtaining any permit or authorisation which the Company may be required by law or regulation to obtain in respect of any work or activity proposed to be carried out hereunder.
2. GRANT OR RIGTHS TO THIRD PARTIES IN THE MINING AREA:
(a) Subject to satisfactory arrangements between the Government and the Company, the Government shall grant the first option to the Company to work minerals other than gold discovered in the Lease Area.
(b) Failing such satisfactory arrangements between the Government and the Company, the Government reserves the right to grant licences to third parties to prospect for or to enter into agreements for the production of minerals other than gold in the Lease Area, provided that any such activity shall not unreasonably interfere with the rights granted to the Company hereunder.
3. POWER OF GOVERNMENT TO EXCLUDE PARTS OF THE MINING AREA:
(a) The Government nay by reasonable notice in writing to the Company exclude from the Lease Area, at any time and frox time to time, any part which may be required for any stated public purpose whatsoever, provided that:
(i) The parts so excluded shall not have a surface area in the aggregate greater than ten percent of the Lease Area.
(ii) Any parts of the Lease Area so excluded shall continue to form part of the Lease Area subject to this Agreement except that no mining operations shall be conducted on the parts so excluded.
(iii) No part of the Lease Area shall be ao excluded in respect of which the Company shall have given prior notice specifying that such part is required for mining operations hereunder or on which active operations have commenced or are in progress (such as digging, construction, installation or other works related to gold mining) but, in lieu thereof, a part equal in area to any such part shall be excluded or such public purposes; and
(iv) The Government shall not take to itself or grant to tWird parties the right to mine gold from any part so excluded.
(b) The Company shall be relieved of all liabilities or obligations hereunder in respect of any part excluded under this paragraph except liabilities or obligations accrued prior to such exclusion.
4. WORK OBLIGATION
The Company ehall continuously operate in the Lease Area in accordance with good mining practices until such time as the reserves or deposits may be exhausted or the mine can no longer be economically worked or until this Agreement expires, whichever shall be sooner.
5. CONDUCT OF OPERATIONS:
(a) The Company shall conduct all of its operations hereunder with due diligence, efficiency, safety and economy, in accordance with good mining practices and in a proper and workmanlike manner, observing sound technical and engineering principles using appropriatemodern and effective equipment, machinery, materials and methods, and pay particular regard to conservation of resourcea, reclamation of land and environmental protection generally.
(b) The Company shall mine and extract ore in accordance with paragraph 5(a) herein utilizing methods which include quarrying, pitting, trenching, stoplng, shaft sinking, and dredging in the Lease Mrea.
(c) The Company shall maintain all equipment in good and safe condition, norral wear and tear excluded, and shall keep all excavated areas, shafts, pits and trenches in good and safe condition and take all practical steps:-
(i) to prevent damage to adjoining farms and villages;
(ii) to avoid daxage to trees, crops, buildings,
structures and other property in the Lease Area; to the extent, however, that any such damage is necessary or unavoidable, the Company shall pay fair and reasonable compensation.
(d) The Company ahall fence off effectually from the adjoining lands, all pits, shafts and other works wade or used under the powers hereof.
(e) The Company shall as far as is necessary or practicable provide and maintain in good repair and condition roads, gates, etiles and fences for the convenient occupation of the surface of the Lease
(f) The Company shall provide and maintain proper and sufficient drains, culverts, arches and passageways for carrying off any waters which shall arise or be produced or interrupted by any of the works hereby authorised so that the drainage of the Lease Area nay not be prevented or prejudiced.
6. NOTIFICATION OF DISCOVERY OF OTHER MINERALS:
(a) The Company shall report forthwith to the Minister, the Chief Executive of the minerals Commission, the Chief Inspector of Mines and the Director of Geological Survey, the discovery in the Lease Area of any other mineral deposits apart from gold and the Company shall be given the first option to prospect further and to work the said minerals, subject to satisfactory arrangements between the Government and the Company.
(b) Failing any such satisfactory arrangements the Company shall not produce any minerals from the Lease Area other than gold except where they are unavoidably linked with the production of gold.
(a) The Company shall not during the currency of this agreement remove, dispose of or destroy, except in analyses, any cores or samples obtained from the Lease Area without the prior consent in writing of the Chief Inspector of lines.
(b) The Company shall provide the Director of Geological Survey with such samples from the Lease Area as he say from time to time reasonably request, and shall keep such samples as he may be directed so to do by the Chief Inspector of MineB.
8. HEALTH, SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
(a) The Company shall comply with all such reasonable instructions as may from time to time be given by the Chief Inspector of Mines for securing the health and safety of persons engaged in or connected with the operations hereunder.
(b) The Company shall adopt all necessary and practical precautionary measures to prevent undue pollution of rivers and other potable water and to ensure that such pollution does not cause harm or destruction to human or animal life or fresh water fish or vegetation.
9. POWER OF CHIEF INSPECTOR OF MINES TO EXECUTE CERTAIN WORKS:
If the Company shall at any time fail to comply with any provisions of this Agreement or applicable law and such failure is likely, In the opinion of the Chief Inspector of Mines, to:
(i) endanger the health or safety of persons, or
(ii) endanger the environment; or
(iii) cause harm or destruction to potable water; or
(iv) result in damage to mining equipment or other
structure and installation;
the Chief Inspector of Mines, shall after giving the Company reasonable notice, execute any works which in his opinion are necessary and practicable in the circumstances and the costs and expenses of such works shall be borne by the Company.
10. LIABILITY FOR DAMAGE OR INJURY AND INDEMNITY:
(a) Nothing in this Agreement shall exempt the Company from liability for any damage, loss or injury caused to any person, property or interest as a result of the exercise by the company or any rights or powers granted to it under this Agreement.
(b) The Company shall at all times indemnify the Government and its officers and agents against all claims and liabilities in respect of any loss suffered by or damage done to third parties arising out of the exercise by the Company of any rights or powars granted to it under this Agreement provided that the Company shall not so indemnify the Government, its officers and agents where the claim or liability arises out of the wrongful or negligent acts of the Government, its officers and agents.
11. EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING:
(e) Citizens of Ghana shall be given preference for employment by the Company in all phases of its operations hereunder to the maximum possible extent, consistent with safety, efficiency and economy.
(b) Except with respect to unskilled personnel, the Company may employ non-Ghanaian personnel in the conduct of its operations provided that the number of such non-Ghanaian personnel employed shall not exceed the quota permitted by the Government.
(c) The Company shall provide appropriate programmes of instruction and theoretical and practical training to enaure the advancement, development, improved skills and qualification of Ghanaian employees in all categories of employment.
12. PREFERENCE FOR GHANAIAN GOODS AND SERVICES
In the conduct of its operations and in the purchase, construction and installation of facilities, the Company shall give preference to:-
(a) materials and products made in Ghana, if such materials and products are comparable or better in price, quality and delivery dates than materials and products from foreign sources;
(b) service agencies located In Ghana owned by Ohanalan
citizens or companies organized pursuant to Ghanaian law, including but not limited to, insurance agencies, bidding contractors, import brokers, dealers and agents if such agencies give or provide equal or better in price end quality of service than competing foreign firms and can render services at such times as the Company may require.
13. AFFILIATED COMPANY TRANSACTIONS
(a) Any services including services in respect of the purchase and acquisition of materials outside Ghana provided by an affiliated company, shall be obtained only at a price which is fair and reasonable. The Company shall, at the request of the Minister, provide such justification of costs as may be required, duly supported by an Auditor's certificate if neceeaary.
(b) Any other transactions between the Company and an affiliated company shall ¥e on the basis of competitive international prices and upon such terms and conditions as would be fair and reasonable had such transactions taWen place beween unrelated parties.
(c) The Company shall notify the Minister of any and all transactions between the Company and an affiliated company and shall supply such details relating to such transactions as the Minister may by notice reasonably require.
14. TECHNICAL RECORDS:
(a) The Company shall maintain at its registered or mine offices complete records of pits and trenches (location, depths of overburden and gravel and assay value) in the lease Area In such form as may from time to time be approved by the Chief Inspector of Mines, Chief Execuclve of the Minera1s Commssion and the Director of Geologica1 Survey.
(b) The Company shal1 maintain at the said offices copies of all reports including intepreations dealing with gold prospects in the lease area in the course of ics operations hereunder and copies of all tests and analyses, geological and geophysical maps, diagrams or charts relevant to its operations hereunder. These reports and records may be examined by persons in the service or acting on behalf of the Government and authorised in writing by the Minister.
(c) The Company shall maintain at the said offices correct
and intelligible plans and sections of all mines which plans and sections shall show the operations and workLngs which have been carried on as well as dykes, veins, faults and other disturbances which have been encountered in such workings and operations. All such plans and sections ehall bs made, amended and completed from actual surveys conducted for that purpose.
(d) Upon expiration or termination of this Agreement or the surrender of any part of the Lease Area, such records and data as are required to be maintained pursuant to thie paragraph which relate to the Lease Mrea, or such part of the Lease Area as may have been surrendered shall be delivered to the Chief Inspector of Mines, Chief Executive of the Minerals Commission and the Director of Geological Survey and shall become the property of the Government without charge.
15. PRODUCTION RECORDS:
The Company shall maintain at the registered or sine offices complete and accurate technical records of ita operations and productLon in the Lease Area in sucW form as may from time to time be approved by the Chief Inspector of Mines.
16. FINANCIAL RECORDS:
(a) The company shall maintain at its registered or sine offices detailed and complete accounts and systematic financial records of its operations as may be required by law. The books of account shall show all revenues received by the Company from all sources including its operations hereunder, as well as all its expenditure. The Company shall provide for a clear basis for understanding and relating the financial records and accounts to its operations.
(b) The Company's books of account shall be kept on the
basis of generally accepted accounting principles.
(c) The Company shall keep separately records and financial statements in terms of Ghana currency and also in terms of U.S. Dollars or other international currency and may record in foreign currency such claims and liabilities as arlee in such foreign currency.
(d) The Company's books of account shall be audited within six (6) months after the close of each financial Year by a qualified Accountant and member of the Ghana Institute of Chartered Accountants. Such auditing shall not in any way imply acceptance of its results by the Government or preclude the Government from
auditing such books of account . The Company siiall deliver to the Minister without charge, copies of all or any part of such financial records as he say from time to time reasonably request.
(a) The Company shall furnish a report each quarter, to the Minister, the Chief Inspector of Mines, the Chief Executive of the Minerals Commission and the Director of Geological Survey, in such fore as may £rox time to tioe be approved by the Minister, regarding the quantities of gold won in that quarter, quantities sold, the revenue received and royalties payable for that quarter and such other information as may be required. Such reports shall be submitted not later than 30 days after the end of each quarter.
(b) The Company shall furnish a report each half-year to
the Minister, the Chief Inspector of Mines, the Chief Executive of the Minerals Commission and the Director of Geological Survey in such form as may from time to time be approved by the Minister summarising the results of its operations in the Lease Area durLng the half-year and records to be kept by the Company pursuant to paragraphs 14, 15, and 16 hereof. Each such report shall include a description of any geological or geophysical work carried out by the Company in that half-year and a plan upon a scale approved by the Chief Inspector of Ninee showing mine workings and dredging areas. Such reports shall be submitted not later than forty days after the half- year to which they relate.
(c) The Company shall furnish a report each Financial Year in such form as may from tixe to time be approved by The Minister to the Chief Inspector of Mines, The Chief Executive of The Minerals Commission and the Director of Geological Survey Department summarising the results of its operations in The Lease Area during that Financial Year and the records required the be Part by The Company pursuant: to paragraphs 14, 15, and 16 hereof. Each such reports shall include a
description of the proposed operations for the
following year with an estimate of the production and
revenue to be obtained therefrom. Such reports shall
be submitted not later than sixty days after the end
of each Financial Year.
(d) The Company shall furnish the Minister, the Chief
Inspector of Mines, the Chief Executive of the
Minerals Commission and the Director of Geological
Survey not later than three months after the
expiration or termination of this Agreement, with a
report giving an account of the geology of the Lease
Area including the stratigraphic and structural
conditions, together with a geological map on a scale
prescribed in the Mining Regulations.
(e) The Company shall furnish the Minister and the Chief
Executive of the Minerals Commission, with a report
of the particulars of any proposed alteration to its
regulations. The Company shall also furnish the
Minister and the Chief Executive of the Minerals
Commission with a report on the particulars of any
fresh issues of shares of its capital stock or
borrowings in excess of an amount equivalent to the
Stated Capital of the Company. All such reports shall
be in such form as the Minister may require and shall
be submitted not less than twenty one days (or such
lesser period as the Minister may agree) in advance of
the proposed alteration, issue or borrowing, as the
case may be.
(f) The Company shall, not later than 180 days after the
end of each Financial Year, furnish the Minister and
the Chief Executive of the Minerals Commission with a
copy each of its annual financial reports including a
balance sheet, profit and loss account, and all notes
pertaining thereto, duly certified by a qualified
accountant who is a member of the Ghana Institute of
Chartered Accountants. Such certificate shall not in
any way imply acceptance of such reports by the
Government or preclude the Government from auditing
the Company's books of account.
(g) The Company shall furnish the Minister, the Chief
Inspector of Mines, the Chief Executive of the
Minerals Commission and the Director of Geological
Survey with such other reports and information
concerning its operations as they may from time to
time reasonably require.
(a) Any person or persons in the service of or acting on behalf of the Government and authorized in writing by
the Minister shall be entitled at all reasonable times to enter into and upon any part of the Lease Area and
the Company's registered office, for any of the following purposes:
(i) to examine the mine workings, equipment, buildings, installation and any other structures used in the mining operation;
(ii) to inspect the samples which the Company is required to keep in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement;
(iii) to inspect and check the accuracy of the weights and measures and weighing and measuring devices, used or kept by the Company;
(iv) to examine and make abstracts of the books and records kept by the Company pursuant to this Agreement;
(v) to verify or ensure compliance by the Company with all applicable laws and
(vi) regulations and with its obligations hereunder;
(vii) to execute any works which the Chief Inspector of Mines may be entitled to execute in accordance with the provisions of the Mining Laws and Regulations of Ghana, or of this Agreement.
(b) The Company shall make reasonable arrangements to facilitate any such work or inspection, including making available employees of the Company to render assistance with respect to any such work orinspection. All such works and inspections shall be listed by the Company in the reports furnished each half year.
19. CONFIDENTIAL TREATMENT:
The Government shall treat all information supplied by the Company hereunder as confidential for a period of five years from the date of submission of such information or upon termination of this Agreement whichever is sooner and shall not reveal such information to third parties except with the written consent of the Company which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld. The Government and persons authorized by the Government may nevertheless use such information received from the Company for the purpose of preparing and publishing general reports on Minerals in Ghana and in connection with any disput between the Government and the Company.
20. FINANICIAL OBLIGATIONS:
(a) CONSIDERATION FEES
The Company shall, in consideration of the grant of the Mining Lease pay to Government an amount of US$30,000.00 (fifteen thousand U.S. Dollars).
The Company shall pay rent (which shall be subject to review) at the rate of C250,000.00 (two hundred and fifty thousand cedis) i.e. (C5000.00 per square kilometre).
(i) The said rent shall be paid half yearly in advance on or before the first day of January and on or before the first day of July in each year.
(ii) In the event of a surrender of any part of the Lease Area pursuant to paragraph 25 hereof, no rental payments shall be refunded in whole or in part in respect of any area so surrendered for which yearly rental has been paid in advance or
shall rental payments be refunded in the event of
(a) The Company shall pay to the Government royalty as prescribed by legislation.
(b) The Company shall pay royalty to the Government each quarter through the Commissioner of Internal Revenue based on the production for that quarter, within 30 days from the end of the quarter. Any necessary adjustments shall be made annually within 60 days of the end of each Financial Year, except that any over-payment of royalty shall not be refunded by the Government but shall be credited against royalty due and payable in the next quarter.
(c) In the event of a dispute with respect to the amount of royalty payable hereunder the Company shall first make payment of the lower of the disputed amounts and shall pay forthwith any further royalty which shall be agreed upon or determined to be payable by arbitration in accordance with paragraph 35 hereof. Such further royalty shall carry interest to be agreed upon or at the ruling prime rate in Ghana at the time of the award or agreement to take effect from the date on which such amount ought originally to have been paid.
(d) The Company shall also pay royalty on all timber felled by the Company in accordance with existing legislation.
22. LATE PAYMENTS:
(a) Anything herein contained to the contrary notwithstanding, the Company shall pay as penalty for any late payment of any amounts due to the Government hereunder, an additional amount calculated at the Bank of Ghana re-discount rate for every thirty-day period or part thereof for the period of the delay in paying the amounts, that is to say, the period between the actual payment date and the date on which each such payment should have been made.
(b)In the event the Company shall fail to make payment to the Government of any amount due hereunder, the Government without prejudice to any other rights and remedies to which it may be entitled, may, after giving 30 days notice in writing, enter into and upon the Lease Area and seize and distrain and sell as landlords may do for rent in arrears, all or any of
the stocks of gold produced therefrom, and the plant and equipment, materials and supplies belonging to the Company which shall be thereon; and out of the monies obtained from the sale in respect of such distress may retain and pay all of the arrears of any amounts due hereunder and the costs and expenses incidental to any such distress and sale and deliver up the surplus (if any) to the Company.
(a) The Company shall not be required to deduct or withhold any taxes from any payment made from its External Account of
(i) any interest or other costs or fees paid in respect of any borrowing by or on behalf of the company in foreign currency for the project;
(ii) any dividends paid to the shareholders.
(b) Save for the above the Company shall pay tax in accordance with the laws of Ghana.
24. FOREIGN EXCHANGE:
All foreign exchange transactions shall be in accordance with the laws of Ghana.
(a) The Company may surrender at any time and from time to time, by giving not less than three months' notice to the Minister, all its rights hereunder in respect of any part of the Lease Area not larger in the aggregate than 20% of the said Area. The Company may surrender a larger part of the Lease Area by giving not less than twelve months' notice to the Minister. The Company shall be relieved of all obligations in respect of the part or parts of the Lease Area so surrendered except those obligations which accrued prior to the effective date of surrender.
(b) The Company shall leave the part of the Lease Area surrendered and everything thereon in a good and safe condition, provided, however that the Company shall have no such obligations for areas surrendered on which the Company has not undertaken any works or which have not been affected by the operations of the
Company. The Company shall take all reasonable measures, in accordance with good mining practices to leave the surface of such part of the Lease Area surrendered, in good and usable condition having regard to the ecology, drainage, reclamation and the protection of the environment. In the event that the Company fails to do so, the Minister shall make such part and everything thereon safe and in good, usable condition at the expense of the Company. The provisions of sub-paragraphs (a) and (c) of paragraph 29 hereof shall apply.
(c) The Company shall, on such terms and conditions as may be agreed upon between the Government and the Company, be entitled to such wayleaves, easements or other rights through or across the surrendered part or parts as may be necessary for its operations and such wayleaves shall not form part or be included in the calculation of the area of the retained part.
(d) The Government may require that there be reserved over any part surrendered such wayleaves, easements or other rights as will in its opinion be necessary or convenient to any party to whom the Government may subsequently grant a prospecting licence or mining lease.
If the Company, not less than six (6) months before the expiration of this Agreement applies to the Minister for an extension of the term hereof and if the Company shall not be in default at that time in the performance of any of its obligations hereunder, the Company shall be entitled to an extension of the period of this Agreement upon such terms and conditions as the parties may then agree.
27. COMPANY'S RIGHT TO TERMINATE AGREEMENT:
The Company may, if in its opinion the mine can no longer be economically worked, terminate this Agreement by giving not less than nine (9) months' notice to the Government. Such termination shall be without prejudice to any obligation or liability incurred by the Company hereunder prior to the effective date of such termination.
28. GOVERNMENT'S RIGHT TO TERMINATE AGREEMENT:
(a) The Government may, subject to the provisions of this paragraph, terminate this Agreement if any of the following events shall occur:-
(i) the Company shall fail to make any of the payments provided for in this Agreement on the payment date;
(ii) the Company shall contravene or fail to comply with any other provisions of this Agreement; or
(iii) the Company shall become insolvent or bankrupt or enter into any agreement or composition with its creditors or take
advantage of any law for the benefit of debtors or go into liquidation, whether compulsory or voluntary, except for the purposes of reconstruction or amalgamation; or
(iv) the Company makes a written statement to the Government on any material matter in connection with this Agreement or with its operations which the Company knows to be false or makes recklessly without due regard as to whether it was true or false.
(b) If and whenever the Government decides there are grounds to terminate this Agreement pursuant to clauses (i) and (ii) of the preceding sub-paragraph, the Government shall give the Company notice specifying the particular contravention or failure and permit the Company to remedy same within three months of such notice, or such longer period as the Minister
may specify in such notice as being reassonable in the
(c) If the Company shall fail to remedy any event specified in clauses (i) and (ii) of sub-paragraph (a) of this paragraph within the stated period, or an event specified in clauses (iii) and (iv) of the said sub-paragraph shall occur the Government may by notice to the Company terminate this Agreement, provided that
if the Company disputes whether there has been any contravention or failure to comply with the conditions hereof (including any dispute as to the calculation of payments by the Company to the Government hereunder), and the Company shall, within such period as aforesaid refer the dispute to arbitration in accordance with Paragraph 35 hereof and, thereafter, diligently prosecute its claim thereunder, the Government shall not terminate this Agreement except as the same may be consistent with the terms of the arbitration award.
(d) No delay or omission or course of dealing by the Government shall impair any of its rights hereunder or be construed to be a waiver of any event specified in sub-paragraph (a) of this Paragraph or an acquiescence therein.
(e) Upon termination of this Agreement, every right of the Company hereunder shall cease (save as otherwise specifically provided hereunder) but subject nevertheless and without prejudice to any obligation or liability imposed or incurred under this Agreement prior to the effective date of termination and to such rights as the Government may have under the law.
29. ASSETS ON TERMINATION OR EXPIRATION
(a) Upon the termination or expiration of this Agreement, immovable assets of the Company in the Lease Area and all other appurtenances, pits, trenches and boreholes shall on the effective date of termination or expiration, become the property of the Government without charge.
(b) All materials, supplies, vehicles and other movable assets of the Company in the Lease Area which are fully depreciated for tax purposes, shall become the property of the Government without charge on the effective date of termination or expiration. Any such property which is not then fully depreciated for tax purposes shall be offered for sale to the Government within sixty days from the effective date of such termination or expiration at the depreciated cost. If the Government shall not accept such offer within
sixty days, the Company may sell, remove or otherwise dispose of all such property within a period of one hundred and eighty days after the expiration of such offer. All such property not sold, removed or otherwise disposed of shall become the property of the Government without charge.
(c) Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Minister, may by notice to the Company require the removal or destruction of any assets of the Company in the Leased Area and if the Company does not remove or destroy such assets within a period of thirty day from the date of the Minister's notice to that effect, the Minister shall cause such removal or destruction at the expense of the Company.
(d) The Company shall take all reasonable measures to ensure that all of the assets to be offered for sale to the Government or transferred to the Government in accordance with this Paragraph shall be maintained in substantially the same condition in which they were at the date of the termination or the date on which the Company reasonably knew that such termination would occur and any such assets shall not be disposed of, dismantled or destroyed except as specifically provided for in this Paragaph.
(e) Upon the termination or expiration of this Agreement, the Company shall leave the Lease Area and everything thereon in good condition, having regard to the ecology, drainage, reclamation, environmental protection, health and safety; provided however that the Company shall have no obligation in respect of areas where the Company has not undertaken any work or which have not been affected by the Company's operations. In this connection, unless the Chief Inspector of Mines otherwise directs, the Company shall, in accordance with good mining practices, fill up or fence and make safe all holes and excavations to the reasonable satisfaction of the Chief Inspector of Mines. In addition the Company shall take all reasonable measures to leave the surface of the Lease
Area in usable condition and to restore all structures thereon not the property of the Company to their original condition. In the event that the Company fails to do so, the Minister shall restore and make safe the Lease Area and everything thereon at the expense of the Company.
(f) The Company shall have the right to enter upon the Lease Area for the aforesaid purposes, subject to the rights of surface owners or others, for a period of six months from the effective date of the termination or such longer period as the Minister may decide.
30. FORCE MAJEURE:
(a) All obligations on the part of the Company to comply with any of the conditions herein (except the obligation to make payment of monies due to the Government) shall be suspended during the period the Company is prevented by force majeure from fulfilling such obligations, the Company having taken all reasonable precautions, due care and reasonable alternative measures with the objective of avoiding such non-compliance and of carrying out its obligations hereunder. The Company shall take all reasonable steps to remove such causes of the inability to fulfil the terms and conditions hereof with the minimum of delay.
(b) For the purpose of this paragraph, force majeure includes government restraints not arising from the non-compliance by the Company with the conditions herein, acts of God, war, strikes, insurrection, riots, earthquakes, storm, flood or other adverse weather conditions or any other event which the Company could not reasonably be expected to prevent or control, but shall not include any event caused by a failure to observe good mining practices or by the negligence of the Company or any of its employees or contractors.
(c) The Company shall notify the Minister within fortyeight hours of any event of force majeure affecting its ability to fulfil the conditions hereof or of any
events which may endanger the natural resources of Ghana and similarly notify the Government of the restoration of normal conditions within forty-eight hours of such restoration. This provision shall be in
addition to any requirements contained in the Mining Regulations in force in Ghana.
(d) The terms of this Agreement shall be extended for a period of time equal to the period or periods during which the Company was affected by conditions set forth in sub-paragraphs (a) and (b) of this paragraph or for such period as may be agreed by the parties.
31. POLITICAL ACTIVITY:
The Company shall not engage in political activity of any kind in Ghana or make a donation, gift or grant to any political party. The Company shall make it a condition of employment that no employee, other than a citizen of Ghana shall engage in political activity and shall not make donations, gifts or grants to any political party. In theevent of any such employee acting in disregard to this condition, he shall be dismissed forthwith.
32. ADVERTISEMENTS, PROSPECTUSES ETC.:
Neither the Company nor any affiliated Company shall in any manner claim or suggest, whether expressly or by implication that the Government or any agency or official thereof, has expressed any opinion with respect to gold in the Lease Area and no statement to this effect shall be included in or endorsed on any prospectus notice, circular, advertisement, press release or similar document issued by the Company or any Affiliated Company for the purpose of raising new capital.
33. CO-OPERATION OF THE PARTIES:
Each of the parties hereto undertake that it will from time to time do all such acts and make, enter into, execute, acknowledge and deliver at the request of the other party, such supplemental or additional instruments, documents, agreements, consents, information or otherwise as may be reasonably required for the purpose of implementing or assuring the rights and obligations of the other party under this Agreement. 34. NOTICE
Any application, notice, consent, approval, direction, instruction or waiver hereunder shall be in writing and shall be delivered by hand or by registered mail. Delivery by hand shall be deemed to be effective from the time of delivery and delivery by registered mail shall be deemed to be effective from such time as it would in the ordinary course of registered mail be delivered to the addressee. x'
35. ARBITRATION AND SETTLEMENT OF DISPUTES
(a) "Any dispute between the parties in respect of the interpretation or enforcement of the provisions of this document shall be settled in accordance with the procedures available in Ghana for the settlement of such dispute provided that at the instance of either of the parties any such dispute may be submitted for settlement by arbitration under the Arbitration Rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (the "UNCITRAL Rules").
(b) Any arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules shall be by three arbitrators unless the parties agree to a single arbitrator. The place of arbitration shall be Accra and the proceedings shall be in English unless the parties otherwise agree. Ghana Law shall be the law applicable to the proceedings.
(c) Nothing in Clause 35(a) or 35(b) shall prevent either of the parties from requesting any judicial authority to order provisional measures prior to the initiation of arbitration proceedings or during the proceedings for the preservation of their respective rights".
(d) The parties acknowledge and agree that this Agreement was made on the basis of the laws and conditions prevailing at the date of the effective conclusion of the negotiation of this Agreement and accordingly, if thereafter, new laws and conditions come into existence which unfairly affect the interest of either party to this Agreement, then the party so unfairly affected shall be entitled to request a re-negotiation
and the parties shall thereupon re-negotiate.
The parties hereby undertake and covenant with each other to make every effort to agree, co-operate, negotiate and to take such action as may be necessary to remove the causes of unfairness or disputes.
36. ASSIGNMENT AND TRANSFER OF STOCK:
(a) This Agreement shall not be assignable in whole or in part by the Company without the consent of the Government.
(b) The Government may impose such conditions precedent to the giving of such consent as it may deem appropriate in the circumstances. No assignment, however, may relieve the Company of its obligations under this Agreement except to the extent that such obligations are actually assumed by the Assignee.
(c) During the term of this Agreement, no shares of the capital stock of the Company may be transferred without the prior consent in writing of the Government unless such a transfer will not result in a change in control of the Company.
The headings given to paragraphs in this Agreement are for convenience only and shall not affect the construction or interpretation of this Agreement.
38. GOVERNING LAWS:
This Agreement shall be governed and construed in accordance with the Laws for the time being in force in Ghana.
THE SCHEDULE ABOVE REFERRED TO
All that piece or parcel of land containing an approximate area of 50.00 square kilometres lying to the North of Latitudes 6º07'24" and 6º08'38"; South of Latitude 6°12'23"; East of Longitude 1°46'17"; and West of Longitudes 1°42'28" and 1°45'14"; in the Amansie East Disctrict of the Ashanti Region of the Republic of Ghana which piece or parcel of land is more particularly delineated on the plan annexed
hereto for the purposes of identification and not of limitation.
IN WITNESS OF WHICH the Parties have respectively executed the original and counterpart of this Agreement on the date first above written.
SIGNED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA Acting by the Minister of Mines and Energy who by this execution warrants to the other party that he is duly authorized and empowered to enter into this Agreement in the presence of:
Ministry of Mines & Energy
SIGNED BY THE WITHIN-NAMED ASHANTI GOLDFIELDS COMPANY LIMITED Acting By its Chief Executive Managing Director who by this execution warrants to the other party that he is duly authorised and empowered to enter into this Agreement in the presence of:
THE COMMON SEAL of Ashanti Goldfields Company Limited hereunto affixed in the presence of:
DIRECTOR/SECRETARYOATH OF PROOF
I GEORGE BANFUL of ACCRA make oath and say that on the 9th day of april 1998 I was present and saw FRED OHENE KENA, Minister of Mines and Energy duly execute the Instrument now produced to me and marked "A" and that the said FRED OHENE KENA can read and write.
SWORN at Accra, this 17th day of April 1998.
REGISTRAR OF LANDS
This is the Instrument Marked "A" Referred to in the Oath of GEORGE BANFUL Sworn before me this 17th day of 1998.
REGISTRAR OF LANDS
On 17th day of April 1998 at 11:20 O'clock in the five noon this Instrument was proved before me by the Oath of the within-named GEORGE BANFUL to have been duly executed by the within-named FRED OHENE KENA for and on behalf of "the Government" of the Republic of Ghana for Lessor herein.
REGISTRAR OF LANDSDated this 9th Day of Aril 1998
GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA
ASHANTI GOLDFIELDS COMPANY LIITED
TERM: THIRTY (30) YEARS
EXPIRY DATE: 8-4-2028
SOLICITOR OF THE SUPREME COURT GHANA
ASHANTI GOLDFIELDS COMPANY LIMITED
Binsere Concession No.1
AREA-19.30 SQ MLS OR 50 SQ KM
Shewn Edged Pink
[map]THIS IS THE PLAN REFERRED TO
IN THE ANNEXED MINING LEASE
DATED THIS 9TH DAY OF APRIL 1998
Ministry of Mines & Energy
THE HON MINISTER OF MINES AND ENERGY
THE COMMON SEAL of Ashanti Goldfields Company Limited hereunto affixed in the presence of: