Eurasian Resources Group Africa’s Frontier mine has signed a community development plan agreement committing to support local and sustainable development initiatives for the next five years for the benefit of the six communities close to its operations.
The signing ceremony, which was held in Sakania, Haut-Katanga Province, DRC, took place in the presence of the Provincial Minister of Mines, His Excellency Georges Mawine; the Administrator of the Territory, Yuma Assani Djany; the head of the Balamba sector, Kambotwe Kabunda; the president and members of the local community development committee; and other local dignitaries.
“With the Frontier Community Development Plan Agreement, ERG Africa reaffirms its commitment to help build self-reliant and prosperous communities around its operations.
“We have taken a holistic and integrated approach to shape the projects contained in the community development plan agreement with the aim of fostering local economic growth, improving livelihoods, creating jobs, helping to guarantee regional food security and improve access to education and health services, ”said Sergei Verbitckii, interim CEO of ERG Africa.
Through participatory dialogues and in-depth consultations with community members and external consultants, Frontier’s community engagement team has been able to come up with and refine projects that address community challenges and should reap lasting benefits. The projects included in the finalized plan were collectively agreed to ensure transparency, align expectations and establish collective ownership among all stakeholders.
The projects in the plan build on previous development activities and the 2018 mining code requirements, and will benefit approximately 16,500 households. They include the completion of a large-scale water crosslinking system in the city of Sakania that will provide clean domestic water to the city’s residents.
Further investments in local infrastructure will allow Frontier to help build two new schools and support health services.
The need identified by the community for sustainable food production and economic development has also resulted in various interconnected projects which include the diversification of agricultural projects from maize to include vegetables, legumes and poultry farming; and the development of adjacent businesses and capacity building programs.
These interlocking initiatives aim to ensure that local people can organize and engage effectively and equitably in agricultural markets and value chains, further promoting community resilience, food security, economic participation and improvement. governance.