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Minbos completes resettlement action plan for Cácata phosphate mine

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World Fertilizer,

The resettlement action plan (RAP) for the Cácata phosphate mine has now been completed. The RAP included 41 total farms, part of the Tanto-Zinze Commune and covering 142.4 cultivated hectares (total of 212 hectares) across the mining area.

The RAP implementation included various steps of community and government engagement, including:

Effective stakeholder engagement: The RAP Project has engaged extensively with national, provincial, and municipal government ministries and departments, including the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Traditional Leadership, Provincial Government, and Municipal Administrators.

Compliance with regulations: The RAP met all national regulations as well as the stringent performance standards set forth by the International Finance Corporation. These standards encompassed key areas such as community engagement, environmental protection, and social responsibility.

Community involvement: To fully understand the needs of the community and the scale of the impact, affected communities were continuously involved in the consultation process. Community input and feedback was crucial to adequately addressing the concerns and needs of the community.

Long-term benefits: The Cácata phosphate mine and downstream, the Cabinda fertilizer plant, will have community impacts with socio-economic benefits for local communities via the creation of direct and indirect jobs and the generation of revenue via licences, fees and taxes. Importantly, the mine provides the feedstock for the Cabinda Fertilizer Plant, with agricultural development a national government priority.

Commenting on the RAP programme, Minbos CEO Lindsay Reed, said: “The Company strongly believes that this agricultural assistance program will result in a significant increase in the annual yield rate for farmers, which will consequently improve their livelihood from a higher income stream. In line with the vision of the Central and Provincial Executive, Minbos is employing its best efforts to ensure that rural agricultural activities continue to be supported by Minbos through the RAP Program and its assistance package.”

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