IMX Resources places great value on our relationship with the local communities in which we operate and ensuring that benefits flow to these communities from our operations. We continue to be committed to developing and maintaining strong relations with local communities and supporting local businesses.
Lionja water well pumping systems Project
Ngwena Limited, a subsidiary of IMX Resources, funds the repair of six non-functioning hand pump water wells int he Lionja A village located 9km south-west of the Ntaka Hill Camp. The hand pumps broke down and required replacement. The project was identified following engagement with Lionja community and aims to elimate water storage in the Lionja A village community, which has an estimated population of over 3,400 people.
The project has broader community development outcomes, as the provision of safe and clean drinking water to the community reduces long walking distances for water, and allows more time for the community to conduct other daily activites.
The project commenced in March 2013 and is expected to be completed in March 2014. This i project will be sustained beyond the funding support to Lionja Avillage community, through provision of monthly bills for the service that will be used to maintain the pumps.
This project is anticipated to further build on the strong existing relationship between IMX/Ngwena and the village, as well as facilitating partnership funding between IMX and the Nachingwea district council in delivering this project.
Lionja Ward Admin block Project
IMX/Ngwena Limited funds completion of construction of the existing Ward Council administrative building located in the Lionja town centre.
The building serves as a meeting point where the Ward Council, which serves over 8,500 members, and local community discuss ward development matters. It is also a meeting point for local community events such as the freedom Torch Rally and serves as the safety and security point for the local communities. Construction of this office has been completed and the Ward Council will be able to provide a more effective administration service to the local community and other stakeholders. Purchase of office furniture was completed in November 2013.This building will also be used by the ward agricultural officer, ward education officer, ward councillor, and security department.
Nachingwea Girls' Secondary School Project
The Nachingwea district has faced ongoing issues with female participation in the education system beyond the primary school level, with very few continuing to higher education. Between 2005 and 2011, just 11 females within the district joined high schools. The Nachingwea District Council prioritized the construction of a Special Girls Secondary School to provide special support for female students in the district, to enhance their education opportunities in a supportive learning environment.
IMX/Ngwena committed to fund the construction of two classrooms in the Nachingwea district town which commenced mid-2013 and the project is expected to be completed later this year. IMX funded the construction materials and facilitation of this project. The project will help to build the education level of females in the district for sustainable development and increase the opportunities for local females to be employed with the Ntaka Hill project in the future years ahead.
Nditi Girls’ Dormitory Building Project
IMX Resources/Ngwena Limited fund construction of a dormitory building for female students for Nditi Secondary School located in Nditi village, in the Nditi Ward to provide a safe living environment while females are studying at the school, working towards raising the education standard to the ladies and in the region. The project is located approximately 4km East of Ntaka Hill. The dormitory will take 48 female students.
This project is done through joint partnerships with Nditi Ward Council and the Nachingwea District Education Committee. Ward members participate in the project by providing bricks, sand and rocks for construction. IMX funds for construction materials and facilitation of this project. Beneficiaries will be Nditi secondary school students, teachers and the community as a whole. The project is in progress and construction is expected to be completed early next year.
Broader community development outcomes include an improved learning environment for female students. The dormitory will be maintained by the Nditi community, ensuring sustainability beyond the initial IMX support.
IMX/Ngwena has been supporting several community and recreation events among local communities and at the district Level. These events include sponsoring the
Freedom Torch Rally in the Nachingwea Project area which is conducted annually. Sports uniforms were donated to Nditi secondary school students, including footwear for both females and boys, netballs, footballs, volley ball nets and football nets.
IMX/Ngwena also supported the Nachingwea district council by donating some fund for the Nane Nane Farmers Exhibition Shows which took place in August 2013.
IMX/Ngwena has been sponsoring Mnero hospital through donations of medications for treatment and training. Ten nurses were trained in the administration of snake anti-venom. The Mnero hospital serves the Nachingwea district which has a high snake population. The Nditi dispensary has also been supported through the provision of solar panels for lighting to assist the medical practitioner at night times and provision of building materials during its construction.
Nachingwea Police Support
IMX/Ngwena limited extended its support to the Nachingwea district police through provision of vehicle tyres and other parts for their daily duty performance.
Transparency of the Project
Transparency is vitally important for the Nachingwea project growth and this is achieved through local consultation and engagement in all the aspects of the project. Several meetings have been held together with local communities and local government officials. However, local communities, local leaders and local government officials normally visit the camp for learning purposes where they are educated on exploration. In August 2013, IMX increased awareness of the Ntaka Hill Project through participating in the Nane Nane Farmers Exhibition shows.
Presidential Awards for CSRE
These awards were launched in 2012 to acknowledge companies which show outstanding performance in corporate social responsibility. IMX/Ngwena received awards in four categories: Procurement Programs for the Communities, Empowerment Programs for the Communities Health Programs for the Communities and Education Programs for the Communities