Base Titanium Invests KSh 80 million to enhance Kenya’s COVID-19 Response
Kwale, Mombasa, May 5, – Kwale based mining company Base Titanium has so far contributed KSh 80 million (USD 800,000) in various initiatives to support efforts to fight COVID -19 in Kenya.
The contribution comes at a time when the Government of Kenya has been working with various stakeholders in the private sector to boost support for addressing COVID-19.
Speaking on behalf of Base Titanium, General Manager for External Affairs, Mr. Simon Wall said, “We are proud of the partnerships we have formed with the Kwale County and national government in supporting efforts to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. These are pressing times and Base Titanium believes it is important for the private sector to play a supportive role with the government in minimizing COVID-19 spread. It is in such situations that our commitment to shared value within the community comes to light. Our support does not stop here, we shall continue to support our communities, County Government, and the National Government in their efforts to stop the spread of the CoronaVirus pandemic.”
At the national level, Base Titanium is working with partners in the private sector to deliver 192 high flow oxygen ventilators, of which 100 are a result of Base Titanium’s contribution. These ventilators will save the lives of COVID-19 patients and will act as a legacy investment in Kenya’s health system long after the threat of COVID-19 has subsided.
Additionally, 100 N95 and 500 surgical masks along with 25 litres of hand sanitiser and 100 infrared thermometers have been donated to the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining to ensure frontline officials can continue performing their duties safely.
Speaking during the handover Principal Secretary Ambassador Kaberia said, “We are grateful for the partnership and support by Base Titanium, they have proven over time that they are strong development partners for Kenya The PPE we have received will enable the Ministry to continue working safely to minimize the impacts of the economic slowdown.”
In Kwale County, the company has created a food relief programme designed to reach over 50,000 community members in partnership with Kwale County Governor Salim Mvurya to help vulnerable families affected by the pandemic. At the community level, Base has given over 15,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) that include masks, and thermo-guns. Additionally, the community has benefited from over 40 sanitation stations, protective masks, and sanitizers.
“We would like to commend the Ministry of Health and all of Kenya’s frontline healthcare providers who have done a wonderful job in managing the impacts of COIV-19 to date. Base Titanium believes we all have a role to play in adhering to guidelines provided by the government, supporting impacted communities and ensuring we exit this situation stronger and prosperous than ever.” Mr. Simon Wall added.
About Base Titanium
Base Titanium Limited (“Base Titanium”) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Australian and UK-listed Base Resources Limited (ASX; AIM: BSE). Its flagship development is the Kwale Mine in Kenya located 50km south of Mombasa.
Construction of the Kwale Mine was completed at the end of 2013 and the first bulk shipment of ilmenite departed from Mombasa in February 2014.
The Kwale Mine is creating significant opportunities for economic development – through a focused local employment program and procurement of goods and services from local vendors. Base is also investing heavily in a variety of community livelihood enhancement programmes and social infrastructure in Kwale County, demonstrating its commitment to responsible and sustainable development.
With the Kwale Mine representing the first large-scale mining development in Kenya, more than doubling Kenya’s earnings from the mineral sector, and directly adding 66% mineral output to Kenya’s mining sector, Base Titanium is cognisant of, and committed to, its role in setting national benchmarks that are consistent with global best practice in transparency, governance, safety, environmental management and community relations.
Base Titanium works closely and constructively with the Government of Kenya to promote further investment in developing the sector and has so far earned Vision 2030 flagship status due to its contribution to the Kenyan economy.