The process of establishing meaningful community engagement is essential to our commitment to realising a balanced flow of mutual benefits. The relationships we build with stakeholders are nurtured through open and frank discussion.
Following the implementation of the Stakeholder Engagement Plan, we established a number of committees to act as an interface between the Project and affected communities in various locations. This is an important tool for addressing grievances or concerns and establishes a mechanism for achieving more participatory and inclusive solutions. These committees also play a major role in identifying community development priorities.
Affected Stakeholder Committees
These committees are intended to provide direct two-way engagement with communities in the vicinity of the Project footprint. An independent selection process defines membership who elect the chairman whose added task is to sit in the sub-county level liaison committee. These are:
- Access Road Committee – represents communities along mine access road.
- Miembeni Committee – residents north of the mine site.
- Kibwaga Committee – residents near the Mukurumudzi Dam.
- Vumbu and Nguluku Committee – residents south of the mine site.
- Host Site Committee – those living in Bwiti, the host resettlement site.
- Kibuyuni Committee – residents near the port facility.
- Likoni Beach Management Unit Committee – fishermen near the port facility.
- Kaya Elders Committee – provides links to traditional spiritual leaders in the area.
- Conservation Committee – established to assist local communities deal with wildlife conflict.
Sub-County Liaison Committees
These groups are made up of a combination of affected stakeholders, area community leaders representing women, youth and the disabled, Members of the County Assembly, religious leaders, government and county level lead agencies and administrators. This forum provides an avenue for a diverse range of stakeholders to engage with Base Titanium on matters that affect the community. Three committees cover the Project footprint:
- The Mining Project Liaison Committee acts as the primary channel of communication to affected stakeholders in Msambweni and Lunga Lunga Sub-Counties.
- The Likoni Liaison Committee providing links to communities near the Likoni ship loading facility.
- The Kwale Liaison Committee represents communities affected by the transport corridor between Ukunda and Likoni.
Project disclosure is undertaken by a dedicated team of Community Awareness Officers working to a regular schedule targeting communities within the Project’s zone of influence. The programme regularly presents Project information to stakeholders with varying areas of focus, such as updating Project progress, road safety, HIV/AIDS, etc. There are two criteria for disseminating Project information based on sensitisation and education:
- Community Awareness Presentations – provide affected communities with Project updates and planned activities. Such presentations are conducted in schools and village centres.
- Community Health & Safety Presentations – an educational component to help communities understand risks associated with Project activities and to advise on mitigation measures.