Semafo is partnering with the government of Burkina Faso to undertake a prefeasibility study to construct a 20 MW solar power station to generate electricity. Semafo is a Canadian-based mining company with gold production and exploration activities in West Africa. It currently operates three gold mines in Burkina Faso, Niger and Guinea. The first phase of this endeavour in Mali will be carried out as part of Semafo’s ongoing corporate responsibility program in close collaboration with the government of Burkina Faso. This important partnership is aimed at stimulating and sustaining the country’s socio-economic development, by increasing the national electrical production capacity, thereby availing the population to a more adequate, low cost electricity supply.“On behalf of the president and government of the country, Burkina Faso’s Minister for the Mines and Energy, Mr.Abdoulaye Abdoulkader CISSE, and Mr. Lucien Marie Noël Bembamba, Minister of Economic and Financial Affairs expressed great confidence in our company,” said Elie Justin Ouedraogo, Semafo’s National director, Burkina Faso. “The company has always striven to be a good corporate citizen and remains committed to making a significant contribution and improving the quality of life in the communities in which we operate.” Under this agreement, the government of Burkina Faso in collaboration with Semafo will undertake the necessary studies to move forward toward the realisation of this important project.
IRISH START-UP Veronica’s Snacks has landed a distribution deal with powerhouse British brands Tesco and Harvey Nichols.The Cork company makes lower fat dinosaur-shaped corn snacks under the ‘Crunchy Creatures’ label.The woman behind the company, Veronica Kenneally, is targeting the lunchbox habits of healthy-thinking parents. The snacks have 40% less fat in them than cheese corn snack brands competing in the same space.It is already sold in ireland in Spar, Mace, SuperValu and independent health food shops.Kenneally said that she is concerned about childhood obesity, and hopes healthier snacks like hers can help be part of the solution.Figures from SafeFood suggest that one in four children on the island of Ireland are either overweight or obese.“More parents around the country are becoming increasingly concerned about the very high levels of saturated fat that can be found in children’s lunchboxes. As a result, retailers and hospitality providers are looking for healthier alternatives to put on shelves and menus.”Read: Eating heart-shaped foods will keep your ticker in good shape>Read: Research finds targeted health programme lowers obesity in children>