Everybody loves soccer, and the community inhabiting the rich ruby mining area of Mozambique is no exception. Joining the fun last year, FURA GEMS donated soccer balls to the energetic and sports-loving youngsters of the community. Over 300 people attended the soccer games. As a return gift, the team witnessed boundless joy sparkle as vividly as the rubies coming out of the land!
In July 2021, Fura invested in Education by building a primary School in Napula, near Montepuez. This was done in consultation with local district authorities and the local population. By establishing a framework to enable the education of children from the local communities (as well as employment opportunities for teachers and other staff), FURA Gems signalled the dawn of a new era in Napula's socio-economic landscape.
Employment is fundamental for the development of the local community, spread across various villages in the Cabo Delgado province. Our mining operation in Mozambique employs 60% of its workforce from local communities. These workers are given training which will enable them to develop their skills and enhancing their long-term employment in the sector.
Development is possible through establishing a firm bond with the indigenous community and paying heed to their needs. In Mozambique, lack of infrastructure is one such concern, for which FURA's CSR team has extended emergency transport service to villagers in Montepuez. FURA has also actively involved community leaders in the mining project and has allowed village leaders to establish a joint development goal for all stakeholders concerned.
Responsible, environmental mining has been one of FURA GEMS's most important core values. Through shallow pit mining, the topsoil excavated from one pit is carefully restored to other nearby pits. This approach of simultaneous mining and soil refilling allow for quicker regeneration of the land. Farming projects developed on regenerated topsoil generate further employment and income opportunities.