Australian mining firm–Base Titanium has commissioned the first office of the Community Development Agreement Committee, at Nyumba Mbovu in Msambweni, Kwale County.
The office has been constructed as a commitment to fulfill the mining Act 2016. It is meant to enhance the administration and delivery of services to the common citizens affected by mining projects in the region. The office will be served by 11 CDAC members who are mandated to monitor the usage of funds and oversee the implementation of projects designed to benefit the community. The projects will be funded by Base Titanium by ceding one percent of its annual revenue for community development.
Sh200 million will be issued annually and Msambweni will get the lion share, followed by Likoni and Lunga-Lunga. Speaking during the commissioning, environmental affairs general manager Collins Forbes said the office will help provide clarity and keep a record of projects being implemented.
Kwale mine life
“This is a facility that enables the community to seek information and understand the work of CDAC, the scheduled projects and how they will impact the future,” he said.
The projects include the construction and improvement of health facilities, learning institutions, roads and offer bursary and sponsorship programs in line with the blue economy. They will be conducted quarterly and are to improve and uplift the living standards of the communities.
The Australian firm is currently seeking to extend the Kwale mine life. Base community liaison manager Pius Kasim said they are making progress in identifying new mining areas. Already a license has been granted by the government for them to proceed mining in Mafisini area.
“We are finalising on the resettlement issues and hopefully we expect to finish the process before the end of this year processes are also ongoing to seek licences in Bumamani, Mwaloya among others,” he said.