Resolute has implemented a comprehensive, company-wide response to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). This response prioritises the health, safety and well-being of Resolute employees, contractors and stakeholders while recognising our responsibility to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on all aspects of our operations.
Resolute has taken a series of immediate actions, including implementing the World Health Organization guidelines for separation, isolation and mitigation at all company sites. Resolute continues to assess developments and will update the Company’s response as required.
Resolute has also announced a donation of US$1 million to support African host governments in their response efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
This page will be updated regularly to reflect changing circumstances.
- 26 March 2020: COVID-19 Business Update
Keeping Our Team Safe
Our primary focus, as always, remains on providing and maintaining a safe and healthy work environment for our employees and contractors. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Resolute has actively monitored its impact and the guidelines introduced by host country governments and relevant non-government organisations.
To minimise risk of infection and impact to our people and business, Resolute has implemented safeguards consistent with World Health Organisation and the most recent COVID-19 guidelines. We have established a COVID-19 Response Committee which is co-ordinating our ongoing actions and plans with the objective of safeguarding our people and safeguarding our operations.
- Formation of a Covid-19 Response Committee to coordinate our ongoing actions and plans. This committee is now operating under Crisis Management Planning protocols to ensure we are fully informed, able to react quickly to changes in circumstances, and are providing the support required to personnel across our business.
- Cancellation of all non-essential travel and review of all travel arrangements to ensure safety including emergency evacuation planning
- Regular and relevant information communicated on a timely basis
- Temperature screening and monitoring of access to all mine sites
- Increased focus on cleaning, sanitation and hygiene at all company sites and buildings
- Promote regular and thorough hand-washing by all employees, contractors and visitors
- Practice social distancing by maintaining a distance of at least one and a half metres between people at all times
- Self-isolation following international travel, development of symptoms, or interaction with a confirmed case of COVID-19
- Remote working for office-based employees
- Support our African host Governments through US$1 million donation towards their efforts to fight the pandemic
- Support our local communities through supply of vitally important Personal Protective Equipment, COVID-19 testing kits, and other medical equipment
- Collaborate with host governments, diplomatic agencies, industry groups and peer companies on operational logistics and managing the impacts of the pandemic for the mining industry in West Africa
As at 9 April 2020 Resolute has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at any of its sites or offices, and with supply chains largely unaffected and a dedicated team in place will continue to maintain safe operations at our Syama Gold Mine in Mali (Syama) and our Mako Gold Mine in Senegal (Mako).
Resolute’s gold production has not been impacted by government-regulated COVID-19 restrictions. Mining and processing operations are continuing as normal at Syama and Mako. The Company has not amended current production or cost guidance in response to COVID-19.
At Syama, underground mining and haulage is performing to expectations and the sulphide processing circuit is fully operational. Open pit oxide mining operations are continuing at Tabakoroni with haulage and processing tracking to plan. Exploration activity at Syama is continuing without interruption. Three drill rigs are currently active with exploration drilling focused on expanding the Tabakoroni underground resource and extending oxide resources at Tabakoroni and the Syama northern satellite deposits.
At Mako, mining and processing operations are continuing with gold production being achieved using a reduced workforce.
At the Bibiani Gold Mine in Ghana (Bibiani), existing care and maintenance activities are continuing without interruption.
Resolute’s corporate offices in Perth and London are following the applicable local guidance with staff operating remotely using technology solutions.
A range of additional measures and safeguards are in place to mitigate the spread of infection amongst our workforce and to provide a platform for business continuity.
The COVID-19 pandemic poses unique risks and challenges to global mining companies operating in Africa. Resolute has significant regional experience and robust foundations across our business to sustain operations:
- Ore Stockpiles: Syama and Mako have significant ore stockpiles and run-of-mine inventory, providing operational flexibility to maintain gold production should Resolute’s future response to an escalation of COVID-19 require a period of reduced mining activity.
- Manpower: the vast majority of Resolute’s Syama, Mako, and Bibiani workforces are locally based in each jurisdiction. Resolute has greatly reduced reliance on expatriate technical personnel. Current staffing arrangements on site at Syama and Mako are sufficient to maintain operations during the expected period of international travel restrictions related to COVID-19.
- Logistics and Supply Chain: Resolute maintains excellent infrastructure at, and robust supply lines to, all mine sites. Maintaining fuel supply is a priority and Resolute has ensured that existing on-site storage capacities are maximised, additional fuel is secured from our suppliers, and plans are in place to source additional emergency supplies. Strong regional relationships with African logistics partners will support continuity of fuel supply. Existing stocks of critical consumables at Syama and Mako are sufficient to maintain operations for several months and supply lines for replacement consumables remain secure.
- Regional Experience: Resolute has successfully operated in Africa for more than 25 years. At Syama, the Company has poured gold continuously for more than a decade during which time our team has faced various supply chain and security challenges including the 2012 coup d’État and the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic.
- Collaboration: Resolute is engaging with host governments in Mali, Senegal and Ghana; Australian diplomatic agencies in Africa; industry groups; and peer companies to collaborate on operational logistics and manage the impacts of the pandemic for the mining industry in West Africa.
- Resilience: Resolute’s strength in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic is the experience and strength of our people. Significant investments in security and health infrastructure, operational support capacity, government relations, and community development supports our people in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Agility: Resolute is continuously monitoring developments relating to COVID-19 and adapting the Company’s response accordingly.
Support to African Host Governments
Resolute aims to create sustainable economic growth in Africa and seeks to ensure that the communities in which we operate benefit from our presence on a long term basis.
On 9 April 2020 the Company announced a donation of more than US$1 million to support African host governments in their response efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Resolute’s commitments consist of direct financial assistance as well as the sourcing and supply of vitally important Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), COVID-19 testing kits, and other medical equipment.
The significant contributions to the Special COVID-19 Funds set up by the Mali Government and the Senegal Government builds on Resolute’s ongoing contribution of medical services and supplies to the communities surrounding Syama and Mako.
Take Steps to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
- Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or using a hand sanitiser
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze
- Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- Maintain at least one and a half meter distance between people
- Clean surfaces regularly
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