Amara Mining response
Amara Mining plc’s Bukinabe subsidiaries, SMSA and KMSA, ceased mining operations at the Kalsaka/Sega mine in Burkina Faso in August 2014. Since December 2014, SMSA has been in liquidation and KMSA has been subject to a court appointed creditor protection process, such that the operation has been under the control of a court-appointed liquidator. During the years that Kalsaka/Sega was in production (2008-2014), KMSA and SMSA supported comprehensive corporate social responsibility initiatives for the communities living close to the mine. These initiatives were chosen by the Community Consultative Committee, which KMSA and SMSA established and is formed of community leaders...to ensure the programmes that KMSA and SMSA support provide the maximum benefit for local people...Initiatives KMSA and SMSA supported included: Funding a literacy programme to teach women to read and write in the local language...Funding a programme for women to be trained in farming techniques...Building schools and housing for teachers..Construction of a reservoir and expanding a water dam to supply local people during the dry season...Financial support for young people from local communities...Building water pumps to give local people access to clean water...Financial support to the local police force and mayoral team...Sponsoring various HIV/AIDs awareness campaigns...Establishing an agricultural project...the mine also provided employment for, on average, 335 local people...Since the mine ceased production 18 months ago, KMSA and SMSA have upheld their obligations to pay compensation to local people affected by the development of the Sega deposit, such as farmers, in line with the relocation action plan. KMSA and SMSA are focused on ensuring that the Kalsaka/Sega mine is closed in an efficient manner, with all environmental obligations fulfilled...It is the policy of Amara and all of its subsidiaries to be a socially responsible business that balances economic prosperity with environmental stewardship and ethical business practice. We take our commitment to being a good corporate citizen very seriously and we are focused on ensuring that a positive and sustainable legacy is left beyond the lives of our mining operations.