The site team are really in their stride now with a hive of activity at Bibodji camp and the surrounding plateaux. We have a specialist team including a botanist and ornithologist concluding their field investigations and coming back with some great research to help our ESIA.

The grade definition programme is hitting three to four holes per day and punching through the mineralisation into the clay layer beneath. We are now preparing the first batch of samples to head to South Africa for testing. Thanks to some good work by the team last year we have supported the certification of a laboratory in Yaounde allowing them to prepare the sample pulps for dispatch to the chemical assaying and metallurgical labs in South Africa.

This not only helps reduce transport costs but also keeps more of the supply line on Cameroon soil, supporting local businesses. The dozer team are well ahead of the drill and have moved on to the final plateaux of the programme. As we lease the dozer we are very conscious of operating it efficiently so we can de-mobilise it as soon as possible.

On its way in and out we still use the dozer to fix up any of the public roads which really helps the local farmers and communities. The safety team on site have been focused on line of fire incident prevention and taken learnings from the WA department of mines. It’s great to have these cross cultural learnings and to be able to share the findings from a very mature industry over here, and apply them to an emerging industry over there. J

James Durrant
Director of Projects