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Sierra Rutile Staff Newsletter 2

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Staff newsletter produced for our client Sierra Rutile Ltd

Sierra Rutile Staff Newsletter

COMMUNITY AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT MARCH 2013 SIERRA RUTILE INTERNAL NEWS MARCH 2013 Sierra Rutile pays surface rent to mining communities Sierra Rutile has completed payment of surface rent to landowners, Paramount Chiefs, the District Council, Local Chiefdom Administration and towards Constituency Development, in all five mining chiefdoms. A total of Le 2,513,907,000 was paid. Presenting the cheques was Mr Abdul Ignosi Koroma, Deputy Minister of Mines and Minerals. He explained that last month’s delay in payment was to allow the Government time to introduce measures to meet the requirements of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), and thanked the land owners for their patience. To ensure the transparency of the process, the payments were conducted in the presence of the media, and witnessed by several senior government ministers and the five Paramount Chiefs. Appearing on behalf of Sierra Rutile were Operations Manager, Mr Desmond Williams, EHS Manager, Mr Ansumana Jabati and staff of the Community Affairs Department. SIERRA RUTILE’S ROAD REPAIRS HALF JOURNEY TIME FROM MOYAMBA JUNCTION TO MINE SITE Surface rent payments are a legal obligation under the Mines and Minerals Act. Sierra Rutile announces programme of Livelihood Restoration The Community Affairs Department has announced the launch of a programme of Livelihood Restoration to increase economic opportunities for young people and women. The project, which will be piloted in the Imperi Chiefdom and gradually extended to other Chiefdoms, was announced at this quarter’s Public Consultation and Disclosure Plan (PCDP) meetings. Held quarterly, the PCDP meetings are intended to share information with stakeholders and provide an opportunity for the communities to express their views and concerns. They are held in all five SRL mining chiefdoms. The drive from Moyamba Junction to Sierra Rutile’s mine site used to take three hours now it takes an hour and thirty minutes thanks to Sierra Rutile’s recent programme of road repairs, which has transformed 82 kilometres of road. The roads leading to the mine site are vital to the mine’s ability to operate efficiently, but the passing of time, heavy trucks, and the wear and tear of the rainy season, had caused them to deteriorate substantially and they were often impassable in the rains. For a period of several weeks last year, all roads to the mine were blocked by vehicles which had become stuck in the mud, leaving lorries carrying equipment for the Lanti Dry Mining project stranded in Moyamba Junction. The newly repaired roads have almost halved the travel time to Freetown and substantially improved road safety. For Sierra Rutile, the road rehabilitation programme will boost productivity by allowing more efficient movement of materials, parts and equipment from Freetown to the mine. The social and economic life of the local community will also benefit from more frequent and efficient transport as well as safer journeys. The 17-man team that worked on the roads was led by Brian Wright, Darren Austin and Joseph Ngawojia from Mines Services. Their fleet of Cat road building machinery included excavators, articulated dump trucks, a couple of Dozers including the big D9, as well as a compactor, a water tanker and water pump for filling the tanker. They started work on December 12 and finished almost four months later on April 3. Roads were levelled and filled and then covered with a surface wearing course of laterite (compacted clay and gravel). Along the way, at the request of local communities, the team also levelled four football pitches, cleared land for 3 village schools and opened up tracks through the bush that had been blocked up years! GOOD OUTCOMES AND OUTCOMES THAT DO GOOD MESSAGE FROM ANDY TAYLOR, HEAD OF OPERATIONS This month the company publishes Sierra Rutile: the History – which traces the challenges that Sierra Rutile has overcome over the years, to become one of the world’s leading producers of “heavy minerals”. It is a story of teamwork, dedication, loyalty and determination which started in 1967 and which still defines the company today. Last year, Sierra Rutile’s distinctive ethos of teamwork and dedication gave us our highest post-war production figures, brought the Lanti Dry Mining project to completion and saw us win the Alternative Investment Market award for International Company of the Year, as well as the award for industry from the Sierra Leone Chamber of Commerce. But at Sierra Rutile, we don’t define our success solely by production figures and engineering triumphs, essential though these things are. The good relationship that we have with the surrounding community is also vitally important to us. We have a relationship of mutual trust and respect that is partly generated by our rigorous commitment to meeting our financial and environmental obligations, and this month we were delighted to be able to proceed with the payment of surface rent to the landowners in the five mining chiefdoms. But our relationship with the people of this area extends beyond simply meeting our obligations. We also make a wider socio-economic contribution to the area through the employment of people from the local community and by supporting community development projects through the Sierra Rutile Foundation. The benefits of our good relationship with the community are reciprocal. The contribution that their support, their trust, and their willingness to listen and engage with us makes to our operational success cannot be underestimated. It takes more than money to truly become part of a community and it is often in the actions that don’t appear in official reports that we show how much we consider ourselves to be the friends and neighbours of the community in which we work. Recently, when the village of Mocharles was devastated by fire, the Community Affairs Team rallied their colleagues at Sierra Rutile to come to its aid. They collected Le21,820,000, used clothing, food and blankets worth Le20,000,000. Similarly the road repair team took the time, while repairing 82km of badly damaged roads, to heed requests to clear land for football pitches and village schools. Working for a better Sierra Leone Last month, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) published its annual report. In it the CEO of a member company is quoted as saying: “If a company distances itself from the community and the environment, it is not fulfilling its purpose. What we want to do is grow, achieving good outcomes and, more than that, outcomes that do good.” That is an ambition that we share at Sierra Rutile. Working for a better Sierra Leone SAFETY SCORE BOARD AS AT 5th April 2013 FREE DAYS 136 TARGET 300 PREVIOUS LOSS TIME INJURY (LTI) RECORD 205 FATAL INCIDENT FREE DAYS 1716

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