Gold mining suspension alarms small town in Ghana
29 August 2014 Last updated at 12:52 BST
Ghana is the world's second largest producer of gold - but with a decline in the price of this precious metal, the prospects for the Ghanaian mining sector have been uncertain.
In June 2014, AngloGold Ashanti - one of the largest mining houses in Ghana - announced plans to suspend some of its operations, but the associated job cuts are only part of a much wider problem for the local economy.
Sammy Darko reports for Africa Business Report, from the mining town of Obuasi in Ghana.