26 May 2015
Prominent mining company OCTÉA Limited (OCTÉA), a division of BSG Resources, says it’s not backing down in its fight against the devastating Ebola virus disease (“EVD”) outbreak despite new hope the worst of the crippling crisis is over.
The disease, which first hit Sierra Leone in May last year, has gutted the country killing more than three thousand five hundred people. The virus has devastated businesses, had a dire impact on the medical industry and ripped thousands of families apart. Ebola has spread quickly meaning families have tragically lost multiple members and some children are now without parents.
But new statistics show significant progress has been made in Sierra Leone with only a handful of new cases being recorded each week. This is a major decrease on the 60-100 new cases recorded every week up until March 2015.
It also comes with news the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared Liberia Ebola-free, after the nation reached its 42 day goal to record no new cases. It’s a milestone health authorities have been desperately striving for.
OCTÉA, through its operating subsidiary in Sierra Leone, Koidu Limited, has donated more than US$150,000 (Le 500 million) in direct aid as part of its commitment to corporate social responsibility. The money has helped provide food, ambulance repairs, hand-washing facilities and funding for the Ebola Task Force (Le 44 million). In August 2014, OCTÉA also donated US$50,000 (Le 220 million) at a presentation hosted by H.E. Ernest Bai Koroma as part of the mining industry’s support to control the spread of the disease. Since that time, OCTÉA has also contributed an additional Le 300 million in total support, and will continue to positively support the causes until the EVD is eradicated.
“OCTÉA will continue supporting Sierra Leone in its efforts to eradicate this deadly disease. We will try to improve our efforts daily to eliminate EVD by continuing to educate our staff and the community on ways to prevent infection and spreading of the disease,” Koidu Limited General Manager, Christo Swanepoel said.
OCTÉA has supplied containers for chlorinated water and provided provision of hand-washing facilities throughout the district. It will continue to consistently temperature screen all employees and visitors who enter and exit any of the company’s four sites in Sierra Leone; Koidu Limited, Tonguma Limited, Boroma Limited and the Freetown office.
“Chlorine hand-washing stations are strategically placed throughout the site for regular use because we are driving the message that Clean Hands Save Lives,” Mr Swanepoel said.
BSG is a privately owned holding company with interests across the globe in natural resources, real estate, capital markets and the diamond industry. BSG Resources (BSGR), BSG’s natural resources company, is an international diversified mining company with operations in fourteen countries across metals and mining operations in Africa and Eastern Europe, including ferro-nickel, diamonds, copper, iron ore and gold. The group is also active in the production/exploration of oil and gas and engineering, and in power generation in Nigeria. BSGR has a fifteen-year track record of providing risk capitalfor developing and executing mining operations in challenging environments. BSGR employs over eight thousand people and has created value and prosperity for its African stakeholders in South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Guinea.