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Fatal accident at Acacia Mining’s North Mara mine

Acacia Mining regrets to announce a fatal accident involving an operator for one of its contractors at North Mara. 

Sadock Crispin Tindahinile passed away as a result of an accident which involved a reversing vehicle at the Gokona deposit.

The incident occurred at approximately 8.45 a.m. on 11 June 2018.

There were no other injuries reported.

Investigations into the incident are underway and all relevant authorities have been informed.

Peter Geleta, Acacia’s interim CEO and the Acacia Mining team express their sincere condolences to the family and colleagues of the deceased.

In February Acacia Mining posted a net loss of US$707 million.

Whilst Acacia Mining was impacted by events beyond its control, it took decisive action to stabilize its business and believes operations are now well placed to deliver in 2018.

“The challenges in our operating environment led to our production guidance being revised during 2017, whilst the ongoing ban on the export of gold/copper concentrate meant that we were unable to export and sell 185,800 ounces of produced gold which led to a substantial cash outflow,” explained Acacia’s interim CEO, Peter Geleta.

“As expected, Acacia Mining will see a step-down in production in 2018 to 435,000-475,000 ounces as Buzwagi transitions to processing stockpiles and Bulyanhulu, whilst in reduced operations, solely re-processes tailings.

About North Mara

The North Mara gold mine is located in north-west Tanzania in the Tarime district of the Mara region.

It is around 100 km east of Lake Victoria and 20 km south of the Kenyan border.

North Mara commenced commercial production in 2002 and has produced over 2 million ounces to date.

A high-grade combined open pit and underground mine, with underground ore sourced from the Gokona deposit and open pit ore from the Nyabirama deposit.

Life of mine is estimated to be eight years based on proven and probable gold reserves of 2.3 million ounces.