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Senegal President Macky Sall Visits Sabodala Gold Mine

Apr 16, 2014

From left to right: Mark English, Vice President, Sabodala Operations, Richard Young, President  
& CEO, President Macky Sall, Republic of Senegal, and Philippe Beaulne, Ambassador to the
 Republic of Senegal, Government of Canada

On April 16, 2014, the President of Senegal Macky Sall, accompanied by several government officials toured our Sabodala gold mine and community projects in the nearby region of Kedougou. This visit symbolizes the true partnership Teranga has established with the Senegalese Government giving us confidence that we will continue to operate in Senegal for decades to come. 

“I thank Sabodala Gold Operations, which operates the Sabodala gold mine and has broadened its scope through new acquisitions. I also welcome the perfect organization both on its geological, industrial, and mining. I am delighted at the company's philosophy in training Senegalese men and women from the region in almost all specialized fields, and especially men and women from the region.”

During his visit, President Sall expressed his interest in the Company’s investment in the training and career development of its Senegalese staff, commitments to responsible mining, the economic impacts of foreign direct investment, Health, Safety and Environmental management systems, and the preservation of the environment.

“I was particularly impressed to see that women from the area were trained to drive a 100T mining dump truck. This is rare. I would like to congratulate the Company as I also notice the presence of women in almost all domains of the mine, mill and camp. It is a model we should encourage within the framework of a win-win partnership. 

That is, our country’s need foreign direct investment, first for the exploitation of our subsurface resources. It is a known fact that Senegal is now a mining country; we are talking here of industrial gold production. It is important this direct foreign investment is being developed in Senegal. It creates employment, wealth, and growth. It is important the Senegalese side wins in the exploitation of its wealth and it is what will make it possible to continue to work hand in hand.”



Following a tour of the operations, President Sall visited the Market Garden in Faloumbo Village, located to the northeast of our Mine License. The Company worked with the community to develop the first market garden in May 2013. Over ninety women from the village participate in this initiative harvesting produce and generating a profit from production sold at local markets. Teranga has established a total of five market gardens in nearby regions.

Additional members of the Government of Senegal that accompanied the President included: Amadou Ba, Minister of Economy and Finance, Aly Ngouille Ndiaye, Minister of Industry and Mines, Mohamed Dione, Minister Coordinator of the Operational Bureau of the Senegal Emerging Plan, Maxime Jean Simon Ndiaye, Minister General Secretary of the Presidency, Abdoul Aziz Tall, Chief of Staff of the President of the Republic, Souleymane Jules Diop, Communications Adviser to the President of the Republic, and Ousmane Ndiaye, Advisor of the President for Energy and Mines.