By Abdul Malik Bangura, PRO Kingho Mines, SL……
In what has been a move that is geared towards revamping the economy of Sierra Leone, Kingho Mining Company Limited can confirm that its mines in Tonkolili and the railway and port of its co-subsidiary in Pepel Town have started full operations on Saturday 6th March 2021.
This landmark move by the company comes into effect after having acquired a large scale mining license in 2020 to operate the New Tonkolili Iron Ore Mines and took over the site from the Government of Sierra Leone on the 23rd of September 2020.
It also comes just about two months since the signing of the 192 kilometer railway and port lease agreement by Kingho Railway and Port Company and the GoSL that will ensure the company utilizes the infrastructure for their iron ore transportation out of the country.
Already, as a way of reawakening the awareness of the people in the rail corridor communities, the company is putting safety modalities in place to ensure that residents along the railway are protected while its train operations are ongoing.
According to the Kingho management, it is believed that motorbike/vehicle passes along the rail must use the legal level crossings, before passing through the level crossing, they have to stop, listen and look for oncoming trains. Pedestrians, they say, must maintain a 3 meter distance away from the railway on both sides. Communities along the railway, it was sensitised, should look after their school children, educate them not to put anything on the rail or climb up the wagons, etc, whilst communities should look after their domestic animals like goats and cattle etc.
Reaffirming its commitment to safety in the communities, Kingho companies have also over the past weeks engaged communities along the railway and recruited over 200 level crossing flagmen directly from the villages close to the railway.
The first set of locomotives departs from Pepel Town today at 6:00 am for the mining site in Tonkolili, where full scale iron ore mining has already started.
For more enquiries contact:
Abdul Malik Bangura,
Public Relations Officer,
Kingho Investment Company
Tel: +23277227804 / +23276792805