Marampa Mines Limited to launch Community Development Fund for primary host communities
Marampa Mines Limited to officially launch its Community Development Fund to support development initiatives for the mine’s primary host communities of Marampa and Maforki chiefdoms
Freetown and Lunsar, Port Loko District, Sierra Leone: 28 April 2023: Marampa Mines Limited (“MML”) will tomorrow launch its Community Development Fund (CDF) pursuant to its Community Development Agreement ( CDA) as required by the Mines and Minerals act, to support local development initiatives in our primary host communities of Marampa and Maforki Chiefdom.
The CDF represents Marampa Mines Limited commitment in its MLA (Mining Lease Agreement) to give 1% of its Free-on-Board revenue generated to its primary host communities for eligible development projects, including but not limited to, education, health, environment, and economic development.
The CDF is a testament to the commitment of Marampa Mines Limited to support the growth and development of the communities around our mining operations. We hope our CDF, the largest single donation from any mining company in Sierra Leone’s history, inspires positive change and creates more vibrant and sustainable communities.
“We are excited and thrilled to officially launch this Fund after our first full year of production of high-grade iron ore concentrate, Marampa BlueTM, to support the growth and development of our community,” said Craig Dean, CEO of MML. “We believe that empowering our communities through investing in local initiatives, can help create a brighter future for everyone living in our concession area” he added.
The CDF will be administered by the Community Development Committee (CDC), which includes representatives from various groups in the Maforki and Marampa Chiefdom, and the CDC and its Steering Committee has autonomy on project decisions. They decide on what projects to undertake or not. MML sits on the Steering Committee of the CDC and will support and recommend that projects undertaken by the CDC have a clear impact on the community, a sustainable plan for long-term success, and promote collaboration and partnership among stakeholders.
The main aim for the CDF is to aid local initiatives and projects that aim to improve the quality of life for residents of the communities around our mining concession who play host to us.
Marampa Mines Limited
Marampa Mines Limited, a subsidiary of Gerald Group (“Gerald”), one of the world’s leading metals merchants, is engaged in the development, production and export of iron ore concentrate from resources of approximately 1.7B tonnes at Marampa in the Port Loko District of the northern province of Sierra Leone. The Company, 90% owned by the Gerald Group, with the remaining 10% owned by the Government of Sierra Leone, is committed to being a resilient and globally competitive, world-class iron ore concentrate producer. Through investment, expertise and long-term commitment to the Marampa Project, MML aims to materially develop its production of 65% Fe quality iron ore concentrate, one of the highest grades globally, branded Marampa BlueTM and adopt a low-carbon energy mix. MML’s sustainability program is aimed at creating mutual stakeholder value and economic, environmental, and social benefits for the mining operation, communities who are local to the mine site, and Sierra Leone. MML has a strong focus on embracing the challenges relating to climate change, gender diversity, the environment, sustainable farming, and education.