West African Resources’ mining activities and gold production currently remain unaffected.
There have been no cases of COVID-19 infection reported by any of the Company’s employees or contractors operating at the Sanbrado Gold Project in Burkina Faso, nor by residents of host communities located adjacent to the project area.
West African’s highest priority is the health and safety of its employees, contractors and stakeholders and acknowledges that keeping Sanbrado operational is important for employment, delivering benefits to our host community and the economy of Burkina Faso.
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West African Executive Chairman Richard Hyde comments:
“Open-pit and underground mining and gold production has been uninterrupted at Sanbrado since our maiden gold pour on the 18th of March, and I would sincerely like to thank our in-country staff and contractors, and their families at home, for their cooperation, support and dedication during this challenging period.
“I would also like to thank the government authorities in Burkina Faso and other gold producers in the region for their collaborative approach to resolving issues that have arisen due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
“Challenging times can bring out the best in people, and that is certainly happening within our team at Sanbrado.’’
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Current operational points:
- No impact on mining and gold production at Sanbrado Gold Project
- No confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Sanbrado or in the immediate project area
- Strict measures imposed at Sanbrado reducing movement of people and increased sanitation to prevent the spread of COVID-19
- Freight exempt from government lockdown measures, regular shipments of key consumables and fuel being received at site supporting continuous gold production
- Gold shipments occurring via charter flights to operating refineries in Europe, supported by a collaborative approach between government authorities and gold producers in the region
- WAF’s site management team includes key people that worked through the Ebola crisis in Guinea in 2014-15