Sierra Leone — The people of Kathiri Village in the Sella Limba Chiefdom, Bombali District have commended AMR Gold Exploration Company, which facilitated the formation an Artisanal Mining Cooperative that is now bettering their lives.
On Friday 23 November 2015, AMR Gold facilitated the launch of the Sanda Loko Cooperative Mining Society with a membership of over four hundred community people.
AMR Gold’s Project Geologist, Raymond Quee, said during a press conference at the company’s Kathiri Mining Site that they have a regulated mining system with international best practices in so much that the country and the community will continue to benefit.
The Cooperative, with a membership of hundred young people, was formed in line with government’s quest to properly regulate and manage artisanal mining, as required by the Mines and Minerals Act 2009.
AMR Gold is funding the cooperatives to enable them pay the salaries of their workers and also teach the artisanal miners effective and efficient mining practices targeting recoveries of 90% of the mineral mined in the chiefdom.
The revenues from the sale of the coltan is distributed according to the agreements entered into between AMR Gold and the Cooperatives and it is hoped that a portion of the funds will be used to support local community programmes.
Raymond Quee said before now the trade in Coltan was carried out illegally but that after bringing the miners together under one umbrella everyone is benefiting.
The chairman of the cooperative, Laima Bangura, said mined coltan is taken to AMR Gold’s office on a daily basis to be weighed and recorded.