Doko, DRC — MININGREVIEW.COM — 22 October 2010 – A shipment of vital medical equipment and supplies has been handed over to the Durba Referral Hospital and the Gambella Clinic in Watsa in the Haut-Uele district of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), close to the Kibali gold project, by project developer Randgold Resources.
Yessterday’s shipment followed an earlier consignment of medical equipment and supplies, which was handed over last month to the Watsa Referral Hospital by the deputy governor of the Province Orientale region of the DRC, Dieudonne Arama.
The total value of both shipments is US$1.7 million (R11.5 million), according to Randgold Resources which has spearheaded the campaign.
North American financial services provider BMO Capital Markets co-sponsored the medical provisions, which were sourced, packed and freighted to the area from Nashville, Tennessee, by the US medical charity C.U.R.E.
The supply of medical provisions to clinics is part of Randgold Resources’ community development strategy which focuses on projects providing basic health, potable water, basic education and food security to the communities close to its operations in Central and West Africa.
In addition to the donations near the Kibali Project, Randgold has funded medical supplies to the value of US$950 000 (R6.5 million) to clinics in and around its Loulo and Morila mines in Western Mali and is planning another donation of medical provisions worth around US$800 000 (R5.4 million) for villages in the M’Bengue district of the Côte d’Ivoire, close to its Tongon mine development.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Randgold CEO Mark Bristow said: “In Africa, it is not enough for a company to be profitable –it also has to be a responsible corporate citizen and a good neighbour, with a demonstrable long-term commitment to its host country.”