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Sierra Rutile Staff Newsletter 4

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Sierra Rutile Staff Newsletter

CLEAN WATER FOR VAAMA AND MATAGELEMA MAY 2013 SIERRA RUTILE INTERNAL NEWS MAY 2013 Global Outreach Ministry, in collaboration with Sierra Rutile, has drilled wells in the villages of Vaama and Matagelema, two communities that were desperately in need of clean water. Prince Cotay, SRL’s Community Affairs Managers says: “In rural Sierra Leone, clean drinking water is a precious commodity, and water wells are a vital resource. One of Sierra Leone’s Millennium Development Goals is to half the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water by the year 2015. Access to sanitation and water not only improves quality of life, but also brings tangible health, environmental and economic benefits, and contributes to poverty reduction.” SIERRA RUTILE FOUNDATION GETS NEW STEERING COMMITTEE The Community Affairs Department (CAD) recently welcomed the Sierra Rutile Foundation’s new Steering Committee, and thanked the Foundation’s outgoing committee for its service. The Sierra Rutile Foundation, a non-profit organisation which handles community development in the areas surrounding Sierra Rutile’s operations, was set up over six years ago. The Foundation’s new Steering Committee is headed by Madam Rita N'gardi Savage, Chairperson of Bonthe District Council. Also on the Committee is Paramount Chief Hon. Alhaji Alie Badara Sheriff III of Jong Chiefdom and Paramount Chief John Jibao Russell-Nyaama III of Lower Banta Chiefdom, as well as Ibrahim S. Kamara, Youth Leader, Bagruwa Chiefdom, and Cynthia Sei, Women’s Leader, Imperi Chiefdom. The new Committee already has an agreed programme of community development underway. Initiatives include approving solar street lighting for Moriba Town and Mogbwemo, as well as water tanks in Mogbwemo. As part of its own corporate commitment to community development and to augment the work of the Foundation, Sierra Rutile’s CAD department is assessing the lighting and sanitation needs of schools and health centres in Imperri Chiefdom and Upper and Lower Banta. The company has agreed to construct VIP toilets in three communities and identified two clinics which would benefit from the installation of solar lights. SKILLS FOR SIERRA RUTILE MESSAGE FROM ANDY TAYLOR, HEAD OF OPERATIONS Recruiting and retaining appropriately skilled staff in Sierra Leone’s mining industry is an acknowledged problem. Add to that an education sector which won’t be producing enough young people with relevant skills for quite some time, and it is clear that present struggles to find the right people, at the right time with the right qualifications are likely to continue. Worldwide skills shortages further compound the problem, and with mining companies all over the world competing for talented staff, skilled professionals can choose where and for whom they work. In such circumstances, mining companies in more developed countries may well win out in the race for talent. Skills shortfalls in the mining and extractives industry are not a new phenomenon, nor are they confined to Sierra Leone. They are a problem that the whole industry shares and, despite efforts to date, the skills deficit continues to grow and threaten the delivery of the projects and plans for expansion that the industry relies on to deliver long-term productivity. Traditional approaches to skills shortages in the industry include hiring subject experts from abroad, but as their skills are ever more in demand, with a commensurate increase in cost, they cannot remain a sustainable solution. Companies at the forefront of human resources are challenging these traditional approaches and looking at more innovative solutions, particularly strategies which focus on building capacity through training and development. For us at Sierra Rutile, our strategy has been to initiate a Localisation Plan. Although still in its infancy, the Localisation Plan will identify our high potential employees, and provide them with the training, skills development and one-to-one mentoring they need to be fast tracked into the company’s technical, supervisory and managerial positions. Sierra Rutile has always had a commitment to training and developing its staff, however localisation planning on this scale is a new approach to our workforce planning. We also recognise that we have to engage more actively with the training and education sector if we want universities and colleges to produce enough graduates with engineering and other relevant degrees to qualify them to work with us. There are countries, where the concept of localisation is already embedded – Saudi Arabia, China and Ghana, to name just a few. Research based on their experience shows that several factors contribute to the success of such plans. First, the localisation programme must be well planned and clearly communicated to the organisation. Secondly, in an industry such as ours where competition for high potential Sierra Leone citizens is fierce, localisation planning must be backed up by an effective recruitment, selection and retention programme. Additionally, effective localisation needs expatriate managers and local managers to collaborate to achieve the goals of the programme. I would add another; localisation is a strategy which brings with it substantial change, but which requires the commitment and belief of the entire organisation if it is to succeed. A reluctance to accept change can be an organisation’s biggest challenge. All around us, employees, companies and countries are radically adapting their cultures, structures, systems and processes in order to survive global competition. Sierra Rutile’s ability to find creative solutions to our most pressing problems has always been one of the company’s strengths, so too has been our ability to come together to make those solutions work. SAFETY SCORE BOARD AS AT 31st May 2013 FREE DAYS 193 TARGET 300 PREVIOUS LOSS TIME INJURY (LTI) RECORD 205 FATAL INCIDENT FREE DAYS 1773

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