DNI calls for MiningWatch Canada to retract statements
DNI Metals Inc. is urging MiningWatch Canada to retract misleading statements about its operations in its Vohitsara property in Madagascar. It says it works with communities, not against them, and that it has all required statutory approvals and permits.
DNI METALS Inc. is urging MiningWatch Canada to retract misleading statements made with respect to DNI’s operations in its Vohitsara graphite property in Madagascar.
The company respects MiningWatch Canada’s work around the world and the need to fight global threats to public health, environment and community interests. In the case of the Vohitsara graphite project, however, Minin gWatch Can ada has made significant errors in fact and judgment that will impact negatively on the company, the workers and the communities within which it operates in Madagascar.
The facts are as follows:
1. DNI works with communities, not against them. The company is proud of its successful partnerships. It does not, nor has it ever, practiced harassment or intimidation.
2. DNI’s wholly owned subsidiary in Madagascar, DNI Metals Madagascar SARL, is the registered and beneficial holder of mining permit 38642 with respect to the Vohitsara property. DNI is at present conducting the requisite environmental impact study, which is well advanced and will be completed shortly.
3. DNI holds all of the requisite statutory approvals and permits to support its operations in Madagascar and the company is operating fully in compliance with local and national laws and regulations.
4. All exploration activities on the Vohitsara property have been conducted in active consultation and
co-operation with affected landowners and operators. These consultations also set out the mechanics for compensation for any adverse effects on the landowners’ operations. This process is continuing in conjunction with the company’s active exploration operations at site.
5. There are no disputes between DNI and resident/affected landowners in respect of its operations in Madagascar.
6. Prior to commencing exploration activities, DNI, in conjunction with local landowners, and co-ordinated by an independent consultant, conducted an inventory of crops which could be affected by their exploration activities on the land. This process also remains continuing; with multiple meetings held by the company with local residents on site each month. D NI has previously formalized a system of protocols in consultation with local residents, whereby landowners/operators in planned operational areas are identified with the assistance of a designated committee of local elders, who then actively participate with the company in discussions with affected landowners/operators to negotiate appropriate compensation.
7. From the inception of its activities, DNI has maintained a commitment to a strong community and social engagement. DNI consistently employs local indigenous personnel from its direct operational areas for project support. The number of employees engaged under this policy currently numbers in excess of 100. DNI also provides relevant on-site training, as well as emergency medical and general community support. Recently, DNI personnel and local contractors have been finalizing a major expansion and upgrade of the soccer field in the local village of Ambatolampy and will shortly be completing the first of two water wells in the same village.
Given the facts as specified above, DNI calls on MiningWatch Canada to correct the record and promptly retract its accusations against DNI’s operations on the Vohitsara graphite property in Madagascar.
About DNI Metals Inc.
Certain advisers and directors of DNI have significant operational experience at historical hardrock graphite mines in Canada (such as Ontario and Quebec) and Australia. Between them, they have built three processing plants and designed two others; all, which were shut down in the 1990s due to increased Chinese competition. Keith Minty, a director, previously worked at Cal Graphite near Kearny, Ont.
Steven Goertz (MAusIMM, MAIG), who is a qualified person, approved the technical disclosure in this news release.
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