GoviEx works closely with all stakeholders during the exploration and development of its projects, and maintains a commitment to local employment and the use of local suppliers. The company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs are developed with input from host governments and people from local communities. GoviEx has made a strong commitment to CSR, and is proud to support local communities in the countries where GoviEx operates.

Historically, uranium has accounted for 60% to 70% of Niger’s annual exports, and uranium has been a major contributor to the national economy since 1971. Unfortunately, the existing mines that produce approximately 8% of global supply each year are expected to close in the next five to ten years. The timing of GoviEx’s Madaouela Uranium Project development within this period is expected to enable the extended employment of skilled staff in a region with low employment opportunities, and provide a continuation of uranium exports and tax generation for Niger.

In 2009, GoviEx instituted a near-100% Nigerien employment policy, enforcing the company’s commitment to prioritizing local labour. This policy extended to the choice of contractors, with Esafor, a Nigerien drilling contractor, completing the majority of the 650,000 metres of drilling, and Legeni, a Nigerien environmental consultancy, completing the baseline work required for the environmental certificate.

Also in Niger, GoviEx has maintained consistent and regular communication with the relevant government ministries during the environmental assessment and project design, allowing both the government and GoviEx to remain up-to-date and involved in their respective processes.

GoviEx has provided over US$1 million in famine relief in Niger, to which the Canadian government added a further US$6 million. GoviEx also has initiated projects related to water supply and to women’s empowerment through sustainable, revenue-generating activities. In September 2017, GoviEx provided food and supplies for the Nigerien village of Gabagoura, which was badly damaged by floods.

The Mutanga Uranium Project in Zambia offers an opportunity for Zambia to diversify its mining from its predominance in copper. GoviEx engages the local community and government in consultative and decision-making processes to explore opportunities for development. In the last few years, GoviEx has implemented social programs aimed at improving the welfare of the communities that surround the Mutanga Project, many of which are highly impoverished and lack basic social amenities.

The company has constructed clinics and schools with input from the Zambia health and education departments. Each of these projects has included housing to ensure a nurse or a teacher can be provided at each unit.

GoviEx made a donation to a local orphanage, and donated five hammer mills to assist neighbouring communities with maize milling. Food security support was provided via donations of improved maize seed to approximately 170 households affected by the proposed Mutanga Project.

A water project was implemented to improve access to clean and potable water, targeting communities without access to safe drinking water or those who cover long distances to reach the nearest safe water points. A total of eleven successful boreholes were drilled, and hand pumps were installed at each location. A health clinic in Muntanga was fitted with a solar submersible pump to provide running water at the facility.