Gold mine officially opened

Paul Boughton

Randgold Resources’ Gounkoto gold mine in Mali has been officially opened by the country’s minister of the economy, finance and budget, Tiena Coulibaly, accompanied by the ministers of mines, environment and public works.

Gounkoto is Randgold’s fourth gold mine in Mali and while it is a separate corporate entity with its own mining licence, it is operationally linked to the company’s nearby Loulo complex, itself in the process of expansion.

Speaking at the opening, which was attended by Randgold’s board of directors, members of the Mali government, ambassadors, local and traditional authorities and business partners, chief executive Mark Bristow said the Loulo-Gounkoto combination was shaping up as one the largest gold mining operations in Africa.

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