Banro Corporation
Dual-listed Banro has reported the safe release of four colleagues after a long and difficult ordeal of being held hostage in eastern DRC.

Banro extends its thanks to all those in the community and government and many others who supported efforts to gain the safe return of its colleagues.

The priority now is to reunite our colleagues with their families and provide them with support. Banro has requested all well-wishers to respect its colleagues’ privacy and allow them the time and space to reunite with their families.

Banro states that mining day shift operations resumed at Namoya mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last week.

This followed precautionary measures taken by Banro after the violent attacks. Foreign nationals and non-essential local staff who left site on a temporary basis have started returning to site.

It will take several days for all staff to arrive back on site, and a few days thereafter for full production operations to be achieved.

Banro thanks its local staff for their dedication and commitment in maintaining the Namoya operations. The company also thanks all of the service providers including the national security agencies who maintained their services at Namoya during the same period.

Banro is a Canadian gold mining company focused on production from the Twangiza mine, which began commercial production 1 September 2012, and on production at its second gold mine at Namoya, where commercial production was declared effective 1 January 2016.

The company’s longer term objectives include the development of two additional major, wholly-owned gold projects, Lugushwa and Kamituga.

The four projects, each of which has a mining license, are located along the 210 km long Twangiza-Namoya gold belt in the South Kivu and Maniema provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

All business activities are followed in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.

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