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Tropical Cyclone Idai hit the central coast of Mozambique on the 15th of March 2019 and has since been declared one of the worst natural disasters to have impacted the Southern Hemisphere. Within a matter of weeks, Tropical Cyclone Kenneth made landfall across the northern coast of Mozambique on the 25th of April 2019, also causing widespread flooding and devastation.
Although Syrah Resources’ operations were not directly affected by the cyclones, the wider impact has been catastrophic with over 1,000 deaths recorded, more than 14,000 people living in displacement centres and millions more in need.
In an effort to provide support to the ongoing disaster relief and restoration activities, Syrah Resources, through its Mozambique subsidiary Twigg Exploration & Mining Lda (Twigg), established a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Red Cross Mozambique.
In accordance with the agreed MoU, Twigg made a monetary donation to Red Cross Mozambique to provide direct assistance in the identified priority areas of action, namely; shelter, health, water, sanitation & hygiene, livelihood restoration, disaster risk reduction and basic human rights.
“One of our Company values is to partner with the community and stakeholders for sustainability and although our operations have not been directly impacted by the cyclones, we understand the catastrophic destruction caused. Through this partnership, we aim to actively show our commitment and sympathy towards the affected communities” said Agnaldo Laice, Twigg’s General Manager of Institutional Relations & Corporate Services.
Company assistance was also provided to those employees directly affected by the cyclone events, and additional contributions have been made directly by Twigg’s employees and partners. Mr Alfredo Tomás, Secretary General from Red Cross Mozambique added “We hope that this sets the beginning of a long-term partnership aimed towards supporting Mozambican communities nationwide.”
About the Company
Twigg Exploration & Mining Lda is the operating subsidiary of Syrah Resources Limited, which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX). Twigg operates the Balama Graphite Operation (Balama) in the province of Cabo Delgado.
First production of natural graphite at Balama was achieved in November 2017 and operations commenced at the start of 2018. Balama produced over 100,000 tonnes of product in 2018 and is the first new major natural graphite operation.
At Balama, Twigg continues to focus on local employment and development, as well as community engagement. 96% of Balama’s direct employees are Mozambican nationals with 55% from the local Host Communities and ~18% female employment. The Balama Graphite Operation is situated 260km west of the port town of Pemba and connected by road to the Port of Nacala, some 490km south east of the mine.Source: Twigg Exploration & Mining Lda / Press Release