Scoping and Terms of Reference for K.Hill Environmental Social Impact Assessment Submitted to the Botswana Department of Environment Affairs
OAKVILLE, Ontario, Aug. 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Giyani Metals Corp. (TSXV:EMM, GR:A2DUU8) (“Giyani” or the “Company“) is pleased to announce the initial submission of the K.Hill Scoping and Terms of Reference (“SToR”) to the Botswana Department of Environment Affairs (“DEA”). The SToR submission represents a major milestone within the wider scope of a comprehensive Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (“ESIA”), currently underway for the K.Hill manganese project in Botswana.
The SToR was submitted to the DEA on August 25, 2020. The approval of the SToR by the DEA is expected to be granted during the fourth quarter after the customary review process, during which the DEA may request additional information.ESIA approval by the DEA is a 2-stage process, with the initial submission of the SToR marking the completion of the first stage. The SToR contains a series of preliminary field and desktop assessments and consultations with the local community leadership in Kanye, government departments, NGOs and other relevant stakeholders.The last outstanding workstream of the first stage was the public consultation meeting with the Paramount Chief of Bangwaketse, tribal administration officials and community representatives (“Public Consultation”). The Public Consultation took place at the main Kgotla in Kanye, Southern Botswana on August 19, 2020. The Public Consultation informed the representatives of the local Kanye community of the potential environmental and social impacts from the K.Hill operations, and how these will be managed and mitigated during the various stages of the project. The feedback from the Public Consultation was very positive.The results from the first stage will form the structure of the main report, which will be developed and compiled during the second stage. The completed ESIA report is expected to be submitted to the DEA by the end of the year. This work compilation is being prepared by consultants Loci Environmental (Pty) Ltd.Robin Birchall, CEO of Giyani Metals Corp. commented:“We would like to acknowledge the cooperation of the local tribal leadership and the professionalism of the council of Kanye; their commitment to representing their constituents made it possible for us to conduct this critical part of the ESIA despite the logistical challenges imposed on everyone by the global COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to be pleased with the work that Loci Environmental have undertaken so far. Despite the COVID-19-related restrictions, they have been able to complete a substantial amount of work, enabling us to move the project forward with minimal delay.”About GiyaniGiyani Metals Corp. is a mineral resource company focused on the development of its K.Hill, Lobatse & Otse manganese projects in the Kanye Basin, Botswana, Africa. The Company’s flagship K.Hill project is a near-surface deposit currently going through a feasibility study to produce high-purity electrolytic manganese metal and manganese sulphate, both key cathode ingredients for batteries in the expanding electric vehicle (EV) market. Additional information and corporate documents may be found on www.sedar.com and on Giyani Metals Corp. Website: https://giyanimetals.com/.On behalf of the Board of Directors of Giyani Metals Corp.Robin Birchall, CEOContact:
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