MACA OPMS recently participated in the inaugural Community Open Day held at Chong Plas Primary School nearby the Okvau Gold Project in Cambodia.

Hosted by Renaissance Minerals, a wholly owned subsidiary of our client Emerald Resources, the day was an opportunity for community members from Chong Plas and Memong Communes to learn about mining operations and equipment.

Project Manager, Jon Malkiewycz, said the day was a great success thanks to the combined efforts of all Okvau staff.

“Being in the gold rich, Me Mong District of the Mondulkiri Province, it was fantastic to show the mine to people who are only familiar with mining practices on a much smaller scale,” he said.

The community enjoyed getting up close with large scale mining equipment, including a CAT 740B, PC1250 bucket and dump truck tyres, followed by presentations from local employees who discussed their roles and an in-depth mine tour.

“The engineering department put together a video of the entire mining cycle, which was a big hit with the locals.

“Employees who live locally, including female operators Chhittra Lorn and Sreymom Rem who started as graduates of the Dump Truck Operator training program, had a great time showing their friends and family what they do,” said Jon.

Over 450 local villagers and children attended the Community Open Day, with 62 employment expressions of interest received.

“It was a thoroughly rewarding event. Well done to all involved and we look forward to next year,” said Jon.