Nordgold’s Lefa to build new Nafa centre in Tomba Kansa village, Guinea
27 June 2022
Nordgold’s Lefa will invest 1,020,000,000 GNF (approximately US$ 120,000) in construction of a new educational Nafa Centre in Tomba Kansa village, in the Republic of Guinea, in line with its Corporate Social Responsibility strategy.
Nafa Centres are part of a large-scale government initiative aimed to empower Guinean women and youth. The Nafa Centre in Tomba Kansa will become a third major social facility built by Nordgold in Guinea in addition to the High School of Lero and Modern Vocational School of Siguirini with total investment exceeding US$ 550,000.
Tomba Kansa village is located a short distance from Nordgold’s Lefa mine, one of the country’s largest gold producers and an important contributor to the region’s economic and social development. Once constructed and equipped, the new educational facility will provide vocational training to women and youth of the sub-prefectures of Siguirini, Tombakansa, Banora and Maléah. This will, in turn, provide new professional development opportunities to the local residents and improve their employment prospects.
Nordgold acquired the Lefa mine in 2010. Since then, the Company has invested almost US$1.5 billion into the country thereby maintaining its position as one of Guinea’s leading gold producers. From 2011 to 2021, Nordgold paid Guinea more than US$250 million in corporate taxes and royalties and Lefa provides direct employment to more than 1,300 employees, as well as over 1000 indirect jobs. The Lefa mine has also invested significantly to improve the provision of local health and education services, including the deployment of new medical facilities and construction of 40 schools.
Nordgold is an internationally diversified one million ounce gold producer with about 8,000 people operating a portfolio of eight mines (in Russia, Burkina Faso, Guinea and Kazakhstan) and a number of development and exploration projects in Russia, West Africa and the Americas. Since its foundation in 2007, Nordgold has established a global reputation as a leading developer of tier one gold mining assets with a proven commitment to community engagement, sustainability, efficiency and operating in an environmentally responsible manner. Since 2013, Nordgold has successfully constructed three gold mines, including two in Burkina Faso (Bouly and Bissa) and most recently, the Gross mine in Russia.
Olga UlyevaHead of Corporate Communications