African Gold Group, Inc (CVE:AGG) (OTCMKTS:AGGFF) Tuesday announced that its team is helping local stakeholders keep key roads and infrastructure open in Mali, West Africa, in what has been one of the longest and wettest rainy seasons in recent memory.
The company has paid for the steelwork, other construction materials, and labour to support a new structure over the old major bridge on the Samaya to Kobada road in Mali.
African Gold said the Samaya-Kobada road, which is a critical transport link from the Niger River that provides access for goods, services and medical facilities for several local communities, has become impassable in places due to the excessive rains this season.
Lanseni Diawara, Chief of Samaya town said the bridge on this route was deteriorating and could collapse, isolating the villages of Kobada and Faraba and had asked African Gold Group.
Busy repairing roads and infrastructure
African Gold Group CEO Danny Callow said in a statement, “We have experienced one of the most challenging rainy seasons this year in Mali, and our teams have been busy throughout repairing roads and infrastructure to assist the local villages.”
He added, “The construction of the bridge is vital in ensuring safe access to the villages of Kobada and Faraba from Samaya and Bamako and therefore, when we were asked to assist, we were very happy to do so. We believe in being good, socially responsible neighbours and are very passionate about our CSR programme which we are starting to roll out as the mine moves closer to construction.
"Local labour provided by the village chiefs and assistance from our partners such as Etasi Drilling and Senet has ensured that this project is completed quickly, safely and in line with attaining the goals set out in our Environmental and Social Management Plan. This project is a win-win for the local communities in ensuring vital deliveries of products and service, as well as keeping open vital transport routes for our operations as we forge ahead with our exploration drilling programme.”
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The bridge repairs are expected to take around three weeks.
African Gold Group is on track to become Africa’s next mid-tier gold producer, as the company is targeting production of 100,000 gold ounces per year, for the first five years, from its Kobada Gold Project in Mali by the second-quarter of 2022. The company has a landholding that encompasses more than 460 square kilometres across Mali and Burkina Faso in West Africa`s prolific Birimian Greenstone Belt.
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