We are a West-African focused exploration company who holds three exploration licences in Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone is one of the smaller countries in Africa with a surface area of 71,740km2 (most closely comparable with the area of Ireland); the country is bordered by Liberia to the southeast and Guinea to the northeast and north. The coastline to the south west extends for approximately 400km and Freetown, the capital, is the deepest natural port in Africa.
The climate of Sierra Leone is humid and tropical with an average daytime temperature of approximately 30°C throughout the year and a night time average temperature of 24°C; the minimum temperature is approximately 20°C. There is one main wet season between May and October; the height of the wet season occurs in July, August and September. Freetown has an average annual rainfall of 4,433mm per annum, which peaks in July with an average rainfall of 1190mm during the month. The driest period is February with an average rainfall of 6mm.
Freetown was a British Crown Colony and the remainder of the country was a British Protectorate until 1961. As a result, legislation is based on English Law with all documentation in English and the languages of Sierra Leone are English, Krio, Mende and Temne. However, Krio (a mixture of English and various African languages) is the main language of communication utilised by the vast majority of the population on a day to day basis.
Administratively, Sierra Leone is divided into four regions; Eastern Province, Northern Province, Southern Province and Western Area. These are then sub-divided into 14 Districts. Within each district, there is a council system as well as a system of chiefdoms with the Paramount Chief covering the entire district and a Chief for each of the towns and larger villages. The total estimated population is approximately 6 million.
Sierra Leone is well endowed with minerals and there are known economic deposits of diamonds, gold, bauxite, heavy minerals (rutile and ilmenite) and iron ore. Other geologically reported occurrences of minerals comprise tin, copper, nickel, molybdenum, chromite and platinum (Pollet, 1951).