Traditional Authorities Visit Rosebel Gold Mines N.V. – Strengthening Community Ties and Future Collaborations

On May 18, 2024, Rosebel Gold Mines N.V. (RGM) had the honor of welcoming the Traditional Authorities from Brokopondo and Pikin Saramacca. Representing the heart of our local communities, the visit underscores our dedication to fostering strong, transparent, and trusting relationships and mutually beneficial partnerships with the local communities where we operate.

The delegation from Brokopondo and Pikin Saramacca was warmly received by the General Manager of RGM, Victor Wu, his management team, and the staff of Rosebel Gold Mines. Mr. Wu stated in his warm welcome speech that the traditional authorities are deeply respected and held in the highest regard by RGM. He assured the visitors that they would receive a comprehensive tour of our mining operations, showcasing the latest advancements in sustainable mining practices and the stringent safety measures RGM adheres to.

General Manager Victor Wu addressing the visitors

Commitment to Community Engagement

Mr. Wu also stated that this visit is part of the ongoing RGM initiative to engage meaningfully with its stakeholders. Last year, we reinstated this important program, hosting Communication Committee members from Marshalkreek, Klaaskreek, Nieuw Lombe, Nieuw Koffiekamp, Balingsoela, Brownsweg, Kwakoegron, and Pikin Saramacca.

A Comprehensive Tour

The visitors participated in a personalized guided tour of key areas within our operations, including the Camp facilities, Mill, Tailings Facility, and Mine (Pay Caro Pit). As per the promise of the general manager in his opening speech, the visit provided insights into RGM’s sustainable and responsible mining practices, highlighting:

  • Operational Excellence: Our major investment in new equipment and emphasizing our environmental commitment.
  • Sustainability Initiatives: Overviews of our environmental strategies, such as tailings management, land rehabilitation, and water conservation.
  • Community Programs: Information on our contributions to local education, healthcare, and infrastructure.
  • Safety Protocols: Demonstrations of our rigorous safety measures protecting our workforce and communities.

After climbing on the 150-tonne haul truck, Head Captain Henk Finisie of Brownsweg stated that the truck was very big and seemed safe. The captain further stated that the weakness he sees in this part of the operation is fatigue. “All truck operators must be well rested before operating any piece of equipment to avoid falling asleep.”

Building a Sustainable Future Together

This initiative is implemented once every year and underscores the mutual importance of our relationship as we work together to create a sustainable future for our communities. It provides an invaluable platform for open dialogue, allowing the traditional authorities to voice their perspectives, concerns, and expectations. These discussions are instrumental in identifying areas for potential collaboration, ensuring that the interests and well-being of the local communities are integrated into our operational strategies.

Looking Ahead

Rosebel Gold Mines N.V. is dedicated to ongoing engagement and sustainable development with our neighbouring communities. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the traditional authorities of Brokopondo and Pikin Saramacca for their visit and look forward to continued collaboration.

For more information about our community initiatives and sustainable practices, please visit our website or contact our Community Relations Team.

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