AI-Media and Middleman Announce Ad Insertion Partnership

Middleman and AI-Media Enter New Ad Insertion Partnership

Middleman and AI-Media Enter New Ad Insertion Partnership

BROOKLYN, N.Y., Aug. 31, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AI-Media, and Middleman Software, Inc., a leading provider of SCTE 104 and 35 messaging solutions, have joined forces to offer broadcasters a powerful, unified SCTE 104/35 messaging solution for live production workflows.

AdIT: Middleman Software’s AdIT Live revolutionizes the generation of SCTE 104 and 35 messages in real-time, enabling monetization of direct-to-stream live events where a playout automation system is not required.

Alta: AI-Media’s Alta Caption Encoder Software integrates live closed captioning, subtitling, and SCTE 104/35 message injection into live IP video production environments, making it a natural choice for broadcasters.

Simplified Architecture

Through the seamless integration of AdIT Live and Alta, broadcasters can automatically generate and inject any SCTE 104 and 35 messages directly into ST 2110 and MPEG transport streams, alongside closed captioning and subtitling data. No additional components in the signal chain are required.

Multiple Profiles in a Single Stream

AdIT Live and Alta Software support the entire SCTE 104/35 standard, offering advanced capabilities that empower broadcasters. One notable feature is the ability to route multiple “streams” of distinct SCTE 104/35 messages to individual recipients via the same video stream by leveraging DPI PID index values to identify unique services, ensuring efficient and parallel distribution without wasted bandwidth.

This joint solution simplifies and enhances live production workflows to provide broadcasters unprecedented control and flexibility to maximize advertising revenue at scale.

Middleman’s CEO James Heliker stated: “We are thrilled to partner with AI-Media to deliver a comprehensive and modern solution for SCTE 104/35 messaging for live production. Our collaboration sets a new benchmark for the industry, empowering broadcasters with advanced control, flexibility, and monetization capabilities in their live productions.”

Bill McLaughlin, Chief Product Officer, AI-Media, commented about the partnership: “Our Alta systems have gained significant popularity among traditional large broadcast networks and world-leading OTT sports channels due to their unique flexibility in injecting real-time SCTE triggers into compressed or SMPTE-2110 workflows. However, many of our customers struggle to fill these trigger messages with detailed live data from other sources of business intelligence.

To address this challenge, we have partnered with Middleman to incorporate their AdIT system to offer an integration layer that optimizes the automation and content monetization advantages of a complete end-to-end SCTE-35 solution. By combining AdIT with Alta, the triggering system can transcend traditional on/off signalling, unlocking a multitude of possibilities. We look forward to working with Middleman on this and future collaborations.”

About AI-Media

Founded in Australia in 2003, technology company AI-Media is a global leader in live and recorded captioning, transcription and translation solutions. The company helps the world’s leading broadcasters, enterprises and government agencies ensure high accuracy, secure and cost-effective captioning via its AI-powered LEXI automatic captioning solution. LEXI captions are delivered to millions of screens worldwide via AI-Media’s range of captioning encoders and its iCap Cloud Network – the world’s largest, most secure caption delivery network. Globally, AI-Media delivers over 8 million minutes of live and recorded media monthly. AI-Media trades on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX:AIM. For more information, please visit AI-Media.tv.

About Middleman

Since its inception in 2017, Middleman Software, Inc. has been at the forefront of revolutionizing media workflows through automation. The company has emerged as a leading provider of advanced ad monetization technologies, delivering cutting-edge capabilities to major networks and station groups. Their flagship product, AdIT, automates the generation of SCTE 104 and 35 messages so broadcasters can seamlessly implement frame-accurate dynamic ad insertion on their OTT feeds. With AdIT, broadcasters experience significantly increased revenues without disrupting existing broadcast operations. To learn more about Middleman Software, Inc. and AdIT, please visit Middleman.tv.

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Lifezone Metals Reports Completion of Tembo Zone Infill Drilling at the Kabanga Nickel Project with 41 m Intersect at 2.07% Ni, including 16.4 m at 2.77% Ni

Infill Drilling Continues at North Zone Intersecting 52.0 m at 2.37% Ni, including 39.8 m at 3.03% Ni; Safari Link Drill Plan Connecting Tembo and Safari Zones to Commence in September 2023

New York (United States), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Aug. 31, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lifezone Metals Limited (“Lifezone Metals” or the “Company”) (NYSE: LZM), a modern metals company creating value across the battery metals supply chain from mine to metals production and recycling, is pleased to announce an update on its resource definition drilling programme at its Kabanga Nickel project (“Kabanga”) in North-West Tanzania. The Kabanga Nickel project is owned jointly by Lifezone Metals, through its subsidiary Kabanga Nickel Ltd (“KNL”) and BHP Billiton (UK) DDS Limited (“BHPB”), forming Tembo Nickel Corporation Limited (“TNCL”), the operating entity, together with the Government of Tanzania.

Infill and extensional drilling at the Tembo Zone, which will support an upcoming Mineral Resource estimate (“MRE”) and the Definitive Feasibility Study (“DFS”), was successfully completed in July 2023 using four diamond drill rigs on average. Tembo Zone drilling completed from 2021 through July 2023 (see Figure 1) by TNCL comprised of 49 holes, resulting in a total of 23,748 m of diamond drill core available for geological logging and sampling. A further nine holes for a total of 2,596 m were drilled at the Tembo Zone for metallurgical sampling, plus six geotechnical holes (2,312 m) to support the ongoing DFS. Drill core was logged to capture geological and geotechnical features in the on-site drillhole database, and samples were submitted for analysis to SGS’s laboratory in Mwanza, Tanzania.

Highlights from Tembo Zone drilling includes:

  • Hole KL22-10 intersected 41 m at 2.07% Ni, 0.39% Cu, and 0.16% Co, (2.67% NiEq23[1]), including 16.4 m at 2.77% Ni, 0.45% Cu, and 0.23% Co, (3.59% NiEq23),
    (see 
    Figure 4 and Figure 5).
  • Hole KL22-12 intersected 39.6 m at 2.04% Ni, 0.37% Cu, and 0.13% Co, (2.55% NiEq23), including 19.9 m at 2.83% Ni, 0.44% Cu, and 0.19% Co, (3.53% NiEq23),
    (see 
    Figure 6 and Figure 7); and
  • Hole KL21-01 intersected 29.7 m at 1.94% Ni, 0.29% Cu, and 0.16% Co, (2.51% NiEq23), including 17.0 m at 2.42% Ni, 0.38% Cu, and 0.21% Co, (3.15% NiEq23).

Lifezone Metals’ CEO, Chris Showalter said: “Even after years of exploration and >620 km of drilling to date, the Kabanga orebody continues to showcase its quality differential with world-class nickel grades. The most recent infill drilling at the Tembo Zone ensures we can progress towards an updated Mineral Resource estimate, which is crucial for the Definitive Feasibility Study and ultimately support the mine plan.”

Please refer to the Figure in the Press Release as attached or on our website at Lifezone Metals – News – Press Releases 

Figure 1 Oblique Long Section of Kabanga Project Mineralisation Zones showing Drilling Eras and Mineralised Intercepts >0.58% NiEq23
(looking north-west)

Infill drilling continues at the North Zone, with five diamond drill rigs in operation since late‑June 2023. Three holes have since been completed and seven are underway (two currently pre-collared only) for a total of 6,626 m of drill core (to 18 August 2023).

Recent highlights from the North Zone infill drilling includes:

  • Hole KN22-03 intersected 52.0 m at 2.37% Ni, 0.25% Cu, and 0.14% Co, (2.85% NiEq23), including 39.8 m at 3.03% Ni, 0.32% Cu, and 0.18% Co, (3.65% NiEq23); and
  • Hole KN22-01A intersected 27.7 m at 2.56% Ni, 0.32% Cu, and 0.22% Co, (3.29% NiEq23).

Gerick Mouton, COO added: “We are working well on the ground with the rigs and local laboratories, and I am pleased to see this package of work for the Tembo Zone infill drilling campaign come together. With these intersects and grades on both Tembo and North Zones it undoubtably underscores Kabanga’s immense quality. Other ongoing drilling activities, undertaken by four additional rigs, relate to surface and mine geotechnical and hydrological drilling supporting the DFS designs and water balance.”

Since December 2021, TNCL has completed 82 holes for more than 35 km of diamond core drilling at Tembo, North, and Safari (to 18 August 2023).

All field work since December 2021 has been conducted on Special Mining Licence ‘SML 651 / 2021’.

Table 1 shows composites of assay results received to 18 August 2023 from drilling completed by TNCL since late-2021, with a lower cut-off of 0.58% NiEq23.

Table 1 Composited Assay Results >0.58% NiEq23 for Holes Drilled between
2021–18 August 2023

BHID From To Length Ni Cu Co S Density NiEq23 NiEq23 x length
#
(m) (m) (m) (%) (%) (%) (%) (g/cm3)
*
(%)
TEMBO ZONE
KL22-10 361.0 402.0 41.0 2.07 0.39 0.16 3.93 2.67   110
..includes 363.0 364.0 1.0 0.65 0.07 0.01 2.85 0.70  
365.0 373.0 8.0 1.29 0.45 0.06 3.29 1.65  
373.8 380.8 7.0 2.67 0.44 0.20 4.37 3.40  
381.8 398.2 16.4 2.77 0.45 0.23 4.62 3.59  
KL22-12 383.0 422.6 39.6 2.04 0.37 0.13 3.92 2.55   101
..includes 385.0 393.4 8.4 1.44 0.44 0.06 3.24 1.78  
397.7 417.6 19.9 2.83 0.44 0.19 4.66 3.53  
418.3 419.6 1.2 1.45 0.26 0.10 3.89 1.83  
KL21-01 367.2 396.9 29.7 1.94 0.29 0.16 3.00 2.51   74
..includes 370.2 376.3 6.1 2.40 0.28 0.21 3.00 3.10  
376.9 393.9 17.0 2.42 0.38 0.21 3.00 3.15  
KL22-14 292.3 321.0 28.7 1.94 0.29 0.16 4.10 2.49   72
..includes 295.3 304.2 8.9 1.95 0.30 0.14 4.29 2.47  
304.9 317.9 13.1 2.53 0.37 0.21 4.59 3.27  
KL22-01 367.0 395.5 28.5 1.61 0.24 0.14 3.00 2.10   60
..includes 369.0 369.3 0.3 1.76 0.11 0.19 3.00 2.34  
371.3 371.6 0.4 0.59 0.08 0.07 3.00 0.82  
371.9 372.7 0.7 0.69 0.56 0.08 3.00 1.14  
373.0 391.6 18.7 2.27 0.33 0.20 3.00 2.97  
391.9 392.5 0.6 2.04 0.18 0.18 3.00 2.62  
KL21-02 572.3 596.0 23.7 1.80 0.25 0.17 3.00 2.37   56
..includes 572.0 572.3 0.3 1.57 0.07 0.12 3.00 1.93  
572.3 574.3 2.0 0.65 0.15 0.00 3.00 0.72  
575.3 575.7 0.4 0.80 0.15 0.06 3.00 1.02  
576.3 593.6 17.3 2.31 0.31 0.23 3.00 3.08  
316.3 333.4 17.1 2.24 0.30 0.21 3.00 2.94  
335.4 335.5 0.1 2.49 0.23 0.21 3.00 3.17  
KL22-13 398.3 421.3 23.0 1.73 0.27 0.11 3.89 2.14   49
..includes 383.0 384.0 1.0 0.59 0.19 0.01 2.86 0.70  
384.8 386.3 1.5 0.69 0.58 0.02 3.06 0.97  
387.0 398.3 11.3 2.44 0.39 0.17 4.46 3.07  
398.3 413.2 14.9 2.21 0.34 0.14 4.33 2.74  
416.8 418.3 1.6 1.50 0.17 0.12 3.56 1.88  
KL22-11A 433.2 464.0 30.8 1.08 0.16 0.09 3.54 1.40   43
..includes 436.2 437.9 1.7 2.39 0.19 0.20 4.46 3.01  
446.1 457.0 10.9 1.87 0.24 0.16 4.13 2.40  
459.0 461.0 2.0 0.64 0.07 0.05 3.27 0.82  
KL22-20 321.6 340.6 19.0 1.65 0.23 0.11 3.65 2.04   39
..includes 325.6 337.6 12.0 2.19 0.29 0.15 4.13 2.72  
KL22-09 221.3 241.0 19.7 1.43 0.27 0.12 3.74 1.87   37
..includes 224.3 236.0 11.7 2.02 0.36 0.17 4.19 2.63  
KL22-11 430.0 457.0 27.0 1.07 0.16 0.07 3.44 1.32   36
..includes 434.6 436.6 2.0 0.71 0.19 0.06 3.39 0.96  
437.5 440.3 2.8 2.73 0.20 0.19 4.53 3.33  
441.0 448.0 7.0 1.50 0.22 0.10 3.76 1.86  
449.0 452.3 3.3 1.08 0.19 0.02 3.43 1.23  
KL23-23 644.3 667.7 23.4 1.18 0.13 0.08 11.73 3.24 1.47   34
..includes 647.3 663.4 16.1 1.54 0.16 0.11 15.22 3.42 1.90  
679.0 682.0 3.0 0.71 0.06 0.04 3.77 2.73 0.84  
KL22-04 485.4 510.0 24.6 0.96 0.16 0.10 3.66 1.31   32
..includes 488.4 502.0 13.6 1.38 0.22 0.15 4.06 1.89  
KL22-23 274.4 296.0 21.6 0.96 0.12 0.08 3.09 1.22   26
..includes 276.8 286.0 9.3 1.50 0.19 0.12 3.48 1.91  
288.0 290.1 2.1 0.90 0.10 0.07 3.06 1.15  
291.9 292.2 0.3 1.97 0.11 0.15 3.77 2.42  
KL23-21 675.2 693.1 17.9 1.12 0.13 0.08 12.03 3.35 1.40   25
..includes 678.2 688.5 10.3 1.69 0.17 0.13 18.22 3.48 2.12  
KL22-08 221.0 242.4 21.4 0.86 0.16 0.08 3.54 1.15   25
..includes 224.0 225.8 1.8 1.53 0.24 0.16 4.34 2.08  
226.3 237.4 11.1 1.11 0.21 0.11 3.79 1.49  
KL22-03 578.5 591.1 12.6 1.45 0.22 0.15 3.00 1.94   24
..includes 580.5 591.1 10.6 1.71 0.25 0.17 3.00 2.29  
591.6 593.0 1.4 1.03 0.29 0.11 3.00 1.44  
KL22-17 270.7 288.5 17.8 0.98 0.17 0.08 3.43 1.28   23
..includes 272.7 285.5 12.8 1.23 0.21 0.10 3.63 1.61  
KL22-05 428.5 445.1 16.6 0.84 0.18 0.08 3.44 1.14   19
..includes 431.5 434.6 3.1 1.93 0.28 0.19 4.57 2.57  
436.6 438.6 2.0 0.70 0.14 0.07 3.38 0.94  
439.6 442.1 2.5 0.76 0.11 0.08 3.31 1.02  
KL23-01 291.5 305.5 14.0 1.03 0.14 0.08 3.20 1.32   18
..includes 295.2 301.8 6.6 1.73 0.18 0.14 3.64 2.19  
KL22-06 380.3 395.0 14.7 0.89 0.14 0.08 3.50 1.17   17
..includes 383.3 392.3 9.0 1.25 0.20 0.11 3.82 1.64  
KL22-19 431.0 445.0 14.0 0.66 0.09 0.04 2.97 0.80   11
..includes 433.5 436.6 3.1 1.01 0.12 0.05 3.09 1.19  
439.2 439.8 0.7 1.09 0.12 0.07 3.32 1.33  
442.3 443.1 0.9 2.64 0.16 0.17 4.22 3.17  
468.1 468.4 0.4 1.18 0.04 0.09 3.73 1.45  
KL23-02 279.0 288.7 9.7 0.93 0.10 0.05 2.97 1.11   11
..includes 283.1 285.7 2.6 2.22 0.24 0.12 3.74 2.66  
KL22-16 280.2 294.6 14.4 0.53 0.12 0.05 3.25 0.71   10
..includes 283.2 288.4 5.2 0.97 0.22 0.09 3.57 1.32  
KL22-15 192.0 203.5 11.5 0.50 0.10 0.04 3.15 0.66   8
..includes 195.3 196.6 1.3 1.93 0.45 0.16 4.09 2.55  
197.4 198.5 1.1 0.96 0.15 0.08 3.50 1.24  
KL22-24 324.0 330.8 6.8 0.63 0.10 0.02 2.93 0.72   5
..includes 326.8 327.8 1.0 2.54 0.25 0.05 4.20 2.78  
707.4 707.4 0.1 2.15 0.29 0.21 31.00 4.22 2.85  
708.3 709.1 0.8 2.33 0.30 0.22 31.00 4.31 3.07  
KL22-07 402.3 402.5 0.2 3.70 0.03 0.16 3.27 4.15   1
KL22-22 317.0 317.8 0.8 1.31 0.19 0.10 3.53 1.68   1
KL23-22 763.5 764.5 1.0 0.68 0.04 0.04 5.84 2.90 0.81   1
NORTH ZONE
KN22-03 238.0 290.0 52.0 2.37 0.25 0.14 3.00 2.85   148
..includes 239.0 240.0 1.0 1.10 0.11 0.02 3.00 1.20  
244.1 283.9 39.8 3.03 0.32 0.18 3.00 3.65  
KN22-01A 369.3 397.0 27.7 2.56 0.32 0.22 3.00 3.29   91
KN22-01 366.1 399.5 33.4 1.96 0.27 0.15 3.00 2.49   83
..includes 322.9 323.9 1.0 2.52 0.20 0.17 3.00 3.06  
360.0 360.5 0.5 19.16 0.59 0.79 3.00 21.58  
368.8 393.0 24.2 2.43 0.32 0.18 3.00 3.07  
393.5 396.5 3.0 1.93 0.29 0.19 3.00 2.58  
KN22-02 434.0 466.2 32.2 1.23 0.19 0.09 3.00 1.56   50
..includes 437.2 451.9 14.7 2.52 0.40 0.19 3.00 3.21  

* Default density of 3.0 g/cm3 used (along with sample length) for assay grade weighting where density results not yet returned from the laboratory
# Table sorted highest to lowest NiEq23 x Length of main composite interval per hole
Composited interval average grades weighted by sample length and density.
Main composite interval permitted to include individual samples <0.58% NiEq23 but only reported if entire interval meets cut-off of 0.58% NiEq23.
Sub-composite intervals break at samples <0.58% NiEq23.

Figure 2 TNCL Geologist Team Inspecting Drill Core from the Tembo Zone. From left to right: Jackline Bahati (Geologist), Innocent Ntabala (Senior Geotechnician), and Marry Mushi (Geologist)

Please refer to the Figure in the Press Release as attached or on our website at Lifezone Metals – News – Press Releases 

The current North Zone drilling programme is expected to be complete by mid-September 2023, after which focus will shift to a new drilling programme that has been developed for the currently untested zone between Tembo North and Safari, known as the Safari Link programme.

Drilling in Tembo North and Safari shows that the shallow mineralisation trend is open along strike. The Safari Link drilling programme aims to test for the presence of Tembo-style mineralisation, as signalled by airborne EM/magnetics and ground EM coverage, which shows no significant gaps along strike to the north-east of Tembo.

The Safari Link drilling programme, which covers a strike length of approximately 1.5 km and comprises 62 diamond core drillholes for approximately 34 km of drilling, has been approved by TNCL. This programme (see Figure 3) is expected to require approximately six months to complete with six diamond drill rigs and will proceed in three phases: the first of which will test the presence of mineralisation in the Safari Link Zone, and the subsequent phases will infill as required to increase confidence in the characteristics and volume of any mineralisation that is identified to enable its incorporation into subsequent geological modelling.

Please refer to the Figures in the Press Release as attached or on our website at Lifezone Metals – News – Press Releases 

Figure 3 Plan View showing Safari Link Planned Drilling Programme against backdrop of Kabanga Project Mineralisation Zones Drilling Eras and Mineralised Intercepts >0.58% NiEq23 (plan rotated 055°)

Figure 4 Core Photo showing Massive Sulfide Mineralisation in KL22-10
Mineralised Interval 376.14–389.48 m = 13.34 m at 2.56% Ni, 0.44% Cu, and 0.20% Co, (3.28% NiEq23) (includes 0.96 m of internal waste (<0.58% NiEq23) 380.82‍–‍381.78 m (shown by red arrows))

Figure 5 Core Photo showing Massive Sulfide Mineralisation in KL22-10
Mineralised Interval 389.48–398.18 m = 8.7 m at 2.77% Ni, 0.46% Cu, and 0.24% Co, (3.63% NiEq23) (end of mineralised interval shown by red arrow)

Figure 6 Core Photo showing Massive Sulfide Mineralisation in KL22-12
Mineralised Interval 397.7–410.94 m = 13.24 m at 2.84% Ni, 0.43% Cu and 0.19% Co, (3.54% NiEq23)

Figure 7 Core Photo showing Massive Sulfide Mineralisation in KL22-12
Mineralised Interval 410.94–417.57 m = 6.63 m at 2.81% Ni, 0.45% Cu, and 0.19% Co, (3.51% NiEq23) (end of mineralised interval shown by red arrow)

Figure 8 Jumbe Maulid (Geology Superintendent) from TNCL showing Massive Sulphide in Drill Core from Hole KN22-03 at North Zone, which intersected 52.0 m at 2.37% Ni, 0.25% Cu, and 0.14% Co, (2.85% NiEq23)

Additional Information Attached: Kabanga Geological History and MRE Overview

Qualified Person

The exploration results disclosed in this news release were prepared under the supervision of and approved by Ms. Sharron Sylvester, Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (2512), and RPGeo (10125) in the fields of Mining and Mineral Resource Estimation. Ms. Sylvester is employed by OreWin Pty Ltd and engaged by Lifezone Metals Ltd. to act as independent Qualified Person for purposes of Subpart 1300 of Regulation S-K (“S-K 1300”) for the Kabanga project. She has appropriate qualifications and sufficient experience that is relevant to the style of mineralization and type of deposit under consideration and has reviewed the technical and scientific data disclosed herein and conducted appropriate verification of the underlying data.

The Mineral Resource estimates discussed in this news release were first published in a Technical Report Summary (TRS) titled ‘Kabanga 2023 Mineral Resource’ dated 30 March 2023 and effective as at 15 February 2023. The reader is encouraged to review the 2023 Kabanga TRS, which is available as Exhibit 15.2 filed with LZM’s Form 20‑F on with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s EDGAR system (sec.gov) on 11July 2023and is available at the following link: https://sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1958217/000121390023030343/ff42023ex96-1_lifezone.htm

About Lifezone Metals 

Lifezone Metals (NYSE: LZM) is a modern metals company creating value across the battery metals supply chain from resource to metals production and recycling. Our mission is to provide commercial access to proprietary technology and cleaner metals production through a scalable platform underpinned by our tailored hydromet technology. This technology has the potential to be a cleaner and lower cost alternative to smelting, allowing us to responsibly and cost-effectively provide cleaner metals.

By pairing the Kabanga Project in Tanzania, which we believe is one of the largest and highest-grade undeveloped nickel sulphide deposits in the world, with our proprietary Hydromet Technology, we will work to unlock the value of a key new source of supply to global battery metals markets. We have a long-standing partnership with BHP on the Kabanga Project, with BHP having invested USD100 million, as we work to empower Tanzania to achieve full value creation in-country and become the next premier source of nickel.
www.lifezonemetals.com

Additional Information: Kabanga Geological History and MRE Overview  

Geology Overview

The Kabanga nickel deposit is located within the East African Nickel Belt (EANB), which extends approximately 1,500 km along a north-east trend from Zambia to Uganda.

The northern and central sections of the EANB are characterised by a thick package of Paleoproterozoic to Mesoproterozoic metasedimentary rocks, known as the Karagwe–Ankole Belt (KAB), within which occurs a suite of broadly coeval, igneous intrusions that correspond to the Kibaran tectonothermal event (1,350–1,400 Ma).

At the project area, the metasediments, which comprise pelites, sandstones, and quartzites, are overturned steeply dipping (70° to 80° to the west), with a north–north-east strike orientation (025°) from Main to North, changing to a north-east strike orientation (055°) from North to Safari (see Figure 9).

The potentially economic nickel-bearing massive sulfides are hosted within igneous chonoliths that are concentrically zoned with a gabbronorite margin and an ultramafic cumulate core. The project comprises six distinct sulfide mineralisation zones, namely (from south-west to north-east) Main, MNB, Kima, North, Tembo, and Safari, which occur over a strike length exceeding 7.5 km.

Kabanga sulfide mineralisation occurs both as:

  • Disseminated to net textured interstitial sulfides within the cumulate core zone of the chonoliths, as well as externally; and
  • Massive and semi-massive sulfide bodies along the side margins of the chonoliths.

The massive sulfides, which comprise dominantly pyrrhotite, with trace-to-15% pentlandite, account for the majority of the Mineral Resource estimates.

Please refer to the Figures in the Press Release as attached or on our website at Lifezone Metals – News – Press Releases 

Figure 9 Plan View Schematic of Geology of the Kabanga Area

Exploration/Drilling/History Overview

Exploration at Kabanga has been undertaken in several different phases spanning over 45 years, with more than 621 km of drilling having been completed in total over that time (see Table 2), less than 5% of which was on regional targets. The North and Tembo mineralised zones are the most densely drilled of all the mineralised zones identified to date.

The first drilling programme was undertaken by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) between 1976 and 1979. Following a ten-year moratorium on foreign company exploration, Sutton Resources (Sutton) entered into several different joint ventures (JV) to explore between 1988–1999, after which Barrick Gold took over control of the project through the purchase of Sutton and progressed through several more drilling programmes independently and within JVs with Glencore. Several studies were completed from 2003 onwards, including scoping and prefeasibility studies, followed by an unpublished draft feasibility study undertaken by the Glencore–Barrick Gold JV in 2014. By the end of 2014, approximately 586 km of diamond drilling had been completed.

In 2019, Kabanga Nickel Ltd (KNL) acquired the project. KNL is jointly owned by LHL (83%) through its 100% entity, Lifezone Limited, with the remaining 17% directly owned by BHP Billiton (UK) DDS Limited (BHPB). KNL owns 84% of the project, with the remaining 16% held by the Government of Tanzania under the terms of a framework agreement.

Since December 2021, KNL has completed 82 holes for more than 35 km of diamond core drilling at Tembo, North, and Safari (up to 18 August 2023) (see Table 2).

Table 2 Holes Completed Since Project First Discovered (to 18 August 2023)

Years Company/Companies Metres Drilled Discovery (purpose)
1976–1979 UNDP Regional Exploration 20,068 Main
1991–1992 Sutton Resources 12,974 Main
1993–1995 Sutton–BHP JV 37,947 North
1997–1999 Sutton–Anglo American JV 56,227 North
2000–2004 Barrick Gold Corporation 39,931 MNB
2005–2008 Glencore–Barrick Gold JV 64,957
81,256
242,347
North Deep (Scoping Study 1)
Tembo (Scoping Study 2)
Safari / Kima (PFS)
2008–2009
2011–2012
2014
Glencore–Barrick Gold JV 21,368
5,303
3,320
North (draft FS)
Regional
Regional and Tembo North
2021–18/8/23 KNL 23,748
768
4,116
4,416
2,312
Tembo (infill and extension)
Safari (extension)
North (infill)
Tembo and North (metallurgical)
Tembo and North (geotechnical)
Total 621,058

All field work since December 2021 has been conducted on Special Mining Licence ‘SML 651 / 2021’ (see Figure 10 and Figure 11).

Permitting Overview

In Tanzania, minerals and natural resources are state owned and the rights to explore and mine minerals and to use natural resources are obtained from regulatory bodies defined in legislation that have a defined duration and are conditioned.

Mineral rights are held in the form of prospecting licences and mining licences. There are several types of prospecting licences and mining licences, depending on the nature of the minerals being mined and the size of the mine. A Special Mining Licence (SML) is the type of licence required for large scale mining operations (‘large scale’ being defined as those requiring a capital investment not less than US$100 million), and so this is the type of licence required for Kabanga.

Please refer to the Figures in the Press Release as attached or on our website at Lifezone Metals – News – Press Releases 

Figure 10 Location of the Project showing Tenements

Figure 11 Location of the Project showing Detail of SML 651 / 2021

Mineral Resources Overview

Ordinary kriged resource estimates were completed in 2008 as part of the Glencore–Barrick Gold JV prefeasibility study. A thorough independent technical audit of the database, QA/QC, and the resource estimates was completed in 2009. The final resource estimate updates were completed in 2010 following an infill drilling campaign. The 2010 estimates form the basis of the Glencore–Barrick Gold JV 2014 draft feasibility study (unpublished).

Check models were completed by KNL for North and Tembo in 2021 using the same drillhole database as the 2010 estimates with a different interpretation and modelling approach. The 2010 and 2021 models were validated and compared visually and statistically for all grade elements estimated and for density.

In March 2023, the current Mineral Resource estimates (see Table 3) were published in a Technical Report Summary under US SEC Regulation S‑K subpart 1300 rules for Property Disclosures for Mining Registrants (S‑K 1300) (effective date 15 February 2023). This is the first time the Kabanga Mineral Resource estimates have been reported under S‑K 1300 guidelines.

As the Kabanga North and Tembo zones contain multi element mineralisation, a nickel equivalent (NiEq) formula updated for current metal prices, costs and other modifying factors has been used for reporting from the Mineral Resource.

The 2023 nickel equivalent (NiEq23) formula is as follows:

NiEq23 (%) = Ni% + Cu% x 0.411 + Co% x 2.765

The 2023 NiEq cut‑off grade is 0.58% NiEq.

Metal price assumptions used for cut‑off grade determination were $9.50/lb for nickel, $4.00/lb for copper, and $26.00/lb for cobalt.

The Initial Assessment assumes an underground mining rate of 2.2 Mtpa. The mining method is underground stoping with backfill, and the extracted mineralised material will feed into an on‑site concentrator. Concentrate is assumed to be transported to an off‑site hydrometallurgical processing facility to produce final nickel, copper, and cobalt metal, with transport of the final metal to Dar es Salaam and export to markets for sale.

A cash flow analysis was not performed for the Project. The Initial Assessment has been prepared to demonstrate reasonable prospects of economic extraction, not the economic viability of the Mineral Resource estimates. The Initial Assessment is preliminary in nature, it includes Inferred Mineral Resources that are considered too speculative geologically to have modifying factors applied to them that would enable them to be categorised as Mineral Reserves, and there is no certainty that this economic assessment will be realised.

Table 3   Kabanga Mineral Resource Estimates as at 15 February 2023
Based on Metal Prices: $9.50/lb Nickel, $4.00/lb Copper, and $26.00/lb Cobalt

Mineral Resource Classification LHL Tonnage (Mt) Grades Recovery
NiEq23
(%)
Ni
(%)
Cu
(%)
Co
(%)
Nickel
(%)
Copper
(%)
Cobalt
(%)
MAIN
Measured
Indicated 2.14 2.44 1.92 0.28 0.15 87.2 85.1 88.1
Measured+Indicated 2.14 2.44 1.92 0.28 0.15 87.2 85.1 88.1
Inferred
MNB
Measured
Indicated
Measured+Indicated
Inferred 0.51 1.98 1.52 0.20 0.13  87.2  85.1  88.1
NORTH
Measured 4.7 3.37 2.64 0.35 0.21  87.2  85.1  88.1
Indicated 11.9 3.80 3.05 0.41 0.21  87.2  85.1  88.1
Measured+Indicated  16.6  3.68  2.93  0.39  0.21  87.2  85.1  88.1
Inferred 12.0 3.29 2.64 0.35 0.18  87.2  85.1  88.1
TEMBO
Measured 4.9 3.03 2.34 0.32 0.20  87.2  85.1  88.1
Indicated 2.2 2.20 1.69 0.22 0.15  87.2  85.1  88.1
Measured+Indicated  7.1  2.77  2.14  0.29 0.19  87.2  85.1  88.1
Inferred 2.1 3.05 2.41 0.31 0.18  87.2  85.1  88.1
OVERALL MINERAL RESOURCE
Measured 9.6 3.20 2.49 0.34 0.21  87.2  85.1  88.1
Indicated 16.3 3.40 2.71 0.36 0.19  87.2  85.1  88.1
Measured+Indicated  25.8  3.33  2.63  0.35  0.20  87.2  85.1  88.1
Inferred 14.6 3.21 2.57 0.34 0.18  87.2  85.1  88.1
  1. Mineral Resources are reported exclusive of Mineral Reserves. There are no Mineral Reserves to report.
  2. Mineral Resources are reported showing only the LHL attributable tonnage portion, which is 69.713% of the total.
  3. Cut‑off uses the NiEq23 using a nickel price of $9.50/lb, copper price of $4.00/lb, and cobalt price of $26.00/lb with allowances for recoveries, payability, deductions, transport, and royalties.
    NiEq23% = Ni% + Cu% x 0. 411 + Co% x 2.765.
  4. The point of reference for Mineral Resources is the point of feed into a processing facility.
  5. All Mineral Resources in the 2023MRE were assessed for reasonable prospects for eventual economic extraction by reporting only material above a cut‑off grade of 0.58% NiEq23.
  6. Totals may vary due to rounding.

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These statements are based on the current expectations of Lifezone Metals’ management and are not predictions of actual performance. These forward-looking statements are provided for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to serve as, and must not be relied on, by any investor as a guarantee, an assurance, a prediction or a definitive statement of fact or probability. Actual events and circumstances are difficult or impossible to predict and will differ from assumptions. Many actual events and circumstances are beyond the control of Lifezone Metals. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties regarding Lifezone Metals’ business, and actual results may differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: general economic, political and business conditions, including but not limited to the economic and operational disruptions and other effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against the Lifezone Metals in connection with the business combination; failure to realize the anticipated benefits of the business combination, including difficulty in integrating the businesses of LHL and GoGreen; the risks related to the rollout of Lifezone Metals’ business, the efficacy of the Hydromet Technology, and the timing of expected business milestones; Lifezone Metals’ development of, and processing of mineral resources at, the Kabanga Project; the effects of competition on Lifezone Metals’ business; the ability of Lifezone Metals to execute its growth strategy, manage growth profitably and retain its key employees; the ability of Lifezone Metals to maintain the listing of its securities on a U.S. national securities exchange; costs related to the business combination; and other risks that will be detailed from time to time in filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). The foregoing list of risk factors is not exhaustive. There may be additional risks that Lifezone Metals presently does not know or that Lifezone Metals currently believes are immaterial that could also cause actual results to differ from those contained in forward-looking statements. In addition, forward-looking statements provide Lifezone Metals’ expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this release. Lifezone Metals anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause Lifezone Metals’ assessments to change. However, while Lifezone Metals may elect to update these forward-looking statements in the future, Lifezone Metals specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Lifezone Metals’ assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this release. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed upon the forward-looking statements. Nothing herein should be regarded as a representation by any person that the forward-looking statements set forth herein will be achieved or that any of the contemplated results in such forward-looking statements will be achieved.  You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements herein, which speak only as of the date they are made and are qualified in their entirety by reference to the cautionary statements herein.

Certain statements made herein include references to “clean” or “green” metals, methods of production of such metals, energy or the future in general. Such references relate to environmental benefits such as lower green-house gas (“GHG”) emissions and energy consumption involved in the production of metals using the Hydromet Technology relative to the use of traditional methods of production and the use of metals such as nickel in the batteries used in electric vehicles. While studies by third parties (commissioned by Lifezone Metals) have shown that the Hydromet Technology, under certain conditions, results in lower GHG emissions and lower consumption of electricity compared to smelting with respect to refining platinum group metals, no active refinery currently licenses Lifezone Metals’ Hydromet Technology. Accordingly, Lifezone Metals’ Hydromet Technology and the resultant metals may not achieve the environmental benefits to the extent Lifezone Metals expects or at all. Any overstatement of the environmental benefits in this regard may have adverse implications for Lifezone Metals and its stakeholders.

[1] NiEq23 = Ni% + (Cu% * 0.411) + (Co% * 2.765)

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Sweegen’s Rebaudioside M sweetener technology receives regulatory approval in Taiwan

Foothill Ranch, Calif., Aug. 31, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Global sweetness and flavor innovator Sweegen has announced that its Bestevia® Rebaudiosides M (Reb M), D, and E have received full authorization from the Taiwan FDA for use in food and beverages. This recent regulatory approval marks another milestone in Sweegen successfully opening new markets in countries where brands seek new generation stevia ingredients to expand their sugar reduction solutions.

Reb M, a high-purity steviol glycoside derived from the stevia plant, is renowned for its clean and sugar-like taste profile. The best-tasting part of the stevia leaf, such as Reb M is found in trace quantities of the leaf’s composition.

For food and beverage producers, Sweegen’s Reb M technology offers several commercially significant advantages. Sweegen’s Signature Stevia starts with stevia, not GMO corn or sugar beets. The ingredient innovator leverages proprietary bioconversion technology to produce a range of zero-calorie sweeteners with assured quality, regulatory compliance, and competitive prices. These products generate a lower carbon footprint.

As Sweegen continues to excel in commercialization and secures essential regulatory approvals in key markets like the EMEA and the U.K., the company witnesses substantial sales growth throughout 2023.

In addition to those critical regulatory approvals, Sweegen now offers its food and beverage manufacturing customers the right to use its Reb M in all non-alcoholic beverages anywhere in the world without infringing the relevant application patents. Customers already use Sweegen’s Reb M in other applications.

“At Sweegen, our focus revolves around safety, quality, and adherence to regulatory standards,” said Vice President of Technical and Regulatory Affairs, Hadi Omrani. “We are expanding our global footprint by opening new markets to create access to innovative sweetener technologies.”

With increased interest from the global CPG companies and their desire for guaranteed capacity and supply chain redundancy, Sweegen has been working to establish and expand production facilities in major markets, including EMEA, North America, and APAC.

“The approval of Bestevia Reb M in Taiwan represents a breakthrough for brands aiming to create better-for-you foods and beverages,” said Vice President of Global Innovation, Casey McCormick. “Bestevia Reb M opens innovative avenues for reducing and even eliminating sugar, surpassing consumer expectations and contributing to public health goals aimed at curtailing sugar intake.”

Sweegen has recently achieved FEMA GRAS status for its sweet proteins, brazzein and thaumatin II, which serve as valuable complements to steviol glycosides in the realm of food and beverage production. This addition reinforces Sweegen’s commitment to broadening its portfolio of innovative taste-modulating flavors. These sweet proteins are pivotal in assisting food and beverage manufacturers in meeting the rising demand for better-for-you products, aligning seamlessly with consumers’ holistic wellness preferences. The brazzein technology takes center stage in Sweegen’s newly launched Sweetensify™ flavor technology for taste modulation. It is an ideal tool for brands aiming to replicate sugar-like tastes in their food and beverage offerings.

Sweegen is dedicated to revolutionizing the sweetener market with innovative solutions that promote healthier choices without compromising taste. The full authorization of Bestevia Reb M in Taiwan reinforces Sweegen’s leadership in the nature-based sweetener space and positions the company as a trusted partner for food and beverage manufacturers worldwide.Top of FormBottom of Form

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Sweegen provides sweet-taste solutions for food and beverage manufacturers around the world.

The company aims to reduce sugar and artificial sweeteners in the global diet. Partnering with customers, Sweegen creates delicious zero-sugar products that consumers love. With the best modern sweeteners in its portfolio, such as Bestevia® Rebs B, D, E, I, M, and N, and sweet proteins brazzein and thaumatin, along with its deep knowledge of flavor modulators and texturants, Sweegen delivers market-leading solutions that customers want, and consumers prefer. Well. Into the Future.

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Gabon Coup D’état: Dr Antwi-Danso urges caution

Dr Vladimir Antwi-Danso, an International Relations expert has urged caution in dealing with the aftermath of the Gabon coup d’état.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in Accra, Dr Antwi-Danso said the August 30, 2023, military takeover in Gabon was because there was a democracy deficit in the Central African country.

Gabon’s President Ali Bongo was overthrown in a coup d’état on Wednesday, August 30, 2023, by the country’s military.

President Bongo’s overthrow would end his family’s 56-year hold on power in the resource-rich West African country.

The Coup leaders also announced the annulment of the results of Saturday’s election – in which President Bongo was declared the winner.

This would be the eighth coup in former French colonies in Africa in the past three years; France has condemned the latest events.

Dr Antwi-Danso, who is the Dean of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), said Africa’s democracy was still at the baby stage, where dictators had entrenched themselves to be ruling in perpetuity using the ballot box.

‘Unfortunately, if you have a baby and you don’t nurse the baby very well, it will not grow well and it may die,’ he said.

He said it was clear that democracy had not come to stay in Africa; saying, ‘it is not there. If it were there and it was being nurtured properly it would stay but it looks as if we are not nurturing democracy properly’.

He said Africa’s former colonial masters also believe in the ballot, thinking that once Africans had the ballots, then there was democracy.

‘So, if people steal the ballots and they become presidents, then, they are recognized and protected by bringing in protocols and other international systems that have abhor their change,’ Dr Antwi-Danso said.

‘There is a huge democracy deficit in Africa, if you watch the Gabon incident, specifically, one dynasty has ruled the country for 56 years and all they have to do is to win fraudulent elections.’

He said Gabon, despite having been blessed with abundant natural resources such as oil, over 40 per cent of the country’s population were unemployed.

Dr Antwi-Danso said Gabon’s former colonial master, France had two military bases in the country overseeing its own interest but was not much concerned about level of poverty, corruption, and mismanagement of Gabon’s natural resources.

Dr Antwi-Danso said the recent coups in former French colonies in Africa such as Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Gabon were clear examples that people were fed up with the French kind of influence.

‘If you watch the recent coups, you will see that they are not the conspiratorial coups of the late 1960s and 1970s, there is no conspiracy anymore,’ the Dean said.

He reiterated that the recent six coup d’etats in Africa were not made by young officers but rather they were all systemic coups made by the G/generals themselves.

‘So, we don’t just say coups are happening in Africa, it is because of the democracy deficits.’

He said Africans were becoming fed up with the imposition of democracies, which were coupled with fraudulent elections.

‘If you check Mali and others, and especially Niger, there is a clear sign that today, people are fed up with France.’

Touching on why civilians come out to jubilate anytime there was a coup in Africa, Dr Antwi-Danso noted that it was because the system was not working; stating that ‘the democracy they were promised is not working, so anybody is a saviour, any change is acceptable.’

Dr Antwi-Danso said things were still unfolding in Gabon now and that there was the need for stakeholders to be careful how they prescribe any solution; ‘but my prescription is that we don’t interfere. We need to help them in a better transition.’

‘Of course, another reason why there are many coups in Africa is that the transition process is always ethnocentric, we give them (military rulers) six months, one year, two years and we don’t put the pillars of democracy before we elect another government.’

He said there was the need for stakeholders to help coup makers to transit properly, so that they do not come back.

He said a transitional process, which puts the pillars of democracy down before the ballot, was important.

Source: Ghana News Agency

SAF explained: How Sustainable Aviation Fuel will Power a more Sustainable Future

Becoming a more sustainable airline on our journey to net-zero emissions by 2050 is both an imperative for the health of our planet and Delta’s long-term business success.

Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is the most promising lever known today to accelerate progress toward a net zero future – it can use the existing fuel infrastructure to get it to airports and is safe to use in current aircraft engines.

The use of SAF has the ability to significantly reduce emissions by up to 80% with the potential for net negative emissions in certain circumstances.

Unfortunately, there isn’t enough SAF today to fuel the world’s commercial airlines for even a single day and it is currently two to four times more expensive than conventional jet fuel. In addition to invest in SAF for Delta’s own fleet, the airline is working to signal demand, attract investment and advocate for policy incentives to scale the market so all airlines can access more sustainable, affordable fuels.

Delta Global Sustainability and Fuel teams have been working over the past several years to catalyse investments and stimulate SAF production by signing what’s known as offtake agreements with various SAF producers. These agreements guarantee that Delta will purchase SAF from the producer when they have it, subject to certain conditions. To date, Delta has signed offtake agreements for more than 200 million gallons of SAF, which puts it half-way toward our goal of using 10% SAF for flying by 2030.

However, Delta, with its partners, knows that it cannot do this alone and is actively building coalitions across the SAF value chain to demonstrate the capacity for building and scaling SAF.

In March 2023, Delta released its go-forward Sustainability Strategy, which outlines how the airline company is decarbonising their business across six core business areas: Ground Operations and Facilities, Clean Fuel the Travel Experience, Supply Chain, Efficient Aircraft Operations, and Revolutionary Fleet.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Minority demonstration: Police go to court over selected routes

The Police have filed an application in court over the routes selected by the Minority in Parliament for their intended demonstration at the Bank of Ghana.

A statement signed by Superintendent of Police Juliana Obeng, Head of Public Affairs Unit, Greater Accra Region, said the Police took the decision ‘with the best interest of public safety in mind’ after a mutual agreement could not be reached between the Police and organisers of the demonstration.

The Minority in Parliament in collaboration with some others have planned to embark on a public protest dubbed: ‘#OccupyBoG’ to call for the resignation of the Governor and Deputy Governors of the Bank of Ghana.

Dr Cassiel Ato Baah Forson, the Minority Leader, in a letter addressed to the Greater Accra Regional Police Commander, explained that the protest was to express their ‘revulsion against the illegal printing of money (about GHC80 billion) between 2021 and 2022 by BoG’ for the Government, which led to a hyper inflation rate of 54.1 per cent in December 2022.

He said that ‘singular act of BoG’ had negatively impacted livelihoods and businesses and pushed about 850,000 Ghanaians into poverty in 2022 alone.

The Minority Leader said the Minority in Parliament was totally ‘disgusted by the crass mismanagement and reckless mishandling of the affairs of the Bank of Ghana, which resulted in a gargantuan loss of GHC60.8 billion and a negative equity of GHC55.1 billion in 2022, with its attendant hardships on Ghanaians.’

‘We are further protesting the many acts of financial malfeasance by the Governor, his Deputies and Directors of the Bank of Ghana as contained in the 2022 Annual Report and Financial Statement of the Bankm,’ he said.

The organisers’ proposed route for the protest is from the frontage of Parliament House, through Osu cemetery traffic light, Ministry of Finance, High Court Complex, Kinbu – Makola – Rawlings Park -Opera Square – Bank of Ghana.

The statement said following a security assessment conducted by the Police regarding the selected routes for the planned demonstration by the Minority in Parliament, it was observed that public order, public safety, and the provision of essential services may be endangered if the proposed routes were followed.

It said the organising parties were, therefore, requested to reconsider the proposed routes and destination of the protest.

The statement said regrettably, a mutual agreement on the selected routes could not be reached between the Police and the organising parties, hence the decision to go to court to determine the matter.

It assured the public that the police remained committed to providing the necessary security for individuals and groups as they exercised their constitutional right to protest.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Crime rate declines in Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality – MCE

Mr Benjamin Kessie, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), for Tarkwa-Nsuaem says crime rate has declined in the Municipality.

According to him, security detachment was actively monitoring the activities of illegal artisanal mining, though they have reduced the number of men on the ground to manageable levels.

Mr Kessie revealed this at the second ordinary meeting of the fourth session of the eighth Assembly Meeting held at Ahwetieso, stressed that ‘security in the municipality has been relatively calm.’

On financial status of the assembly, he said, the revenue position of the assembly in 2023 has not been encouraging, adding, as of July, this year, the assembly had mobilised a total revenue of GHS9,233,402.61 as against GHS14,122,738.52 in 2022.

The MCE indicated that in expenditure, the assembly spent GHS9,777,778.23 as against GHS11,388,357.63 in 2022.

‘The drastic drop is because of the Central Government policy to partner Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies for the collection of revenues on Property rate across the country.

‘We, however, anticipate that the problems which have stalled this revenue mobilization process would be resolved as early as practicable to enable us successfully complete our planned projects and programmes this year,’ he said.

Touching on projects, Mr Kessie explained that the assembly had made a budget from its Mineral Development Fund, Internally Generated Fund, District Assembly Common Fund and District Assemblies Common Fund Responsive Factor Grant and intend to construct one six- unit classroom block with ancillary facilities, landscaping, and tree planting around the facility.

He said the assembly would also provide 120 dual desks and six teachers table and chairs at Dompim and a 20-seater water closet toilet facility for Simpa cluster of schools.

The rest are; fabrication and supply of 240 dual desks, 24 teachers table and chairs, 40 hexagonal tables and chairs, three bookshelves and 300 tables and chairs for schools as well as the development of a digitalized revenue mobilization system for business operation permit.

The MCE further said the recent heavy downpour affected 15 communities in the municipality and one person from Nsuaem lost his live.

According to Mr Kessie, a total of 974 persons from 472 households were affected and some of the communities included Nsuaem, Bonsa, Bonsawire, Benso, Essuoso, Tarkwa Banso among others.

Mr Kessie said the assembly procured relief items to support the victims and appealed to some mining companies in the municipality to assist the assembly to complement their efforts.

The Presiding Member, Mr Emmanuel Gado, said this year cases brought before the Public Relations and Complains Committee revolved around the issue of accountability from their unit comm

‘The PRCC has sat on four cases so far and it is imperative that we all recognize the importance of been accountable, transparent, and responsive to the people whose interest we represent.

‘Let us all do the needful by putting our house in order as honorable members as we uphold the highest standard of integrity and serve our electorates with dedication for our deeds to speak for our re-election in the 9th assembly and beyond,’ Mr Gado added

Source: Ghana News Agency

Church organises thanksgiving service for Street Academy Children

The Revival Outreach Church has organised a thanksgiving and anointing service for children of Street Academy, a non-government organisation which caters for the wellbeing of homeless and child labourers.

The annual thanksgiving service was also organised to draw the children closer to God and seek His protection and assistance in all their endeavours.

Speaking at the service, Mr Peter Akorful, an elder of Revival Outreach Church, urged the children not to demean themselves but believe that they were created for a purpose.

He told them to believe in God and trust in Him alone for the supply of their entire needs since He was the creator of all things.

‘Always believe in yourselves and confess positive things since life and death lay in the power of the tongue,’ he added.

Mr Akorful appealed to Christians to cultivate the habit of giving and paying attention to the needs of the less privileged.

He advised the children to emulate the character and way of life of Jesus Christ as indicated in the Bible.

Mr Ataa Lartey, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Street Academy, said God had been faithful to the school as well as the students throughout the academic year, hence the thanksgiving service.

According to him, the Academy’s objective was to empower the less privileged and vulnerable within the communities to live normal and professional lives.

Mr Lartey indicated that the Academy was faced with financial challenges and called on the government and stakeholders to come to their aid to enable the children to lead better lives in the near future which he maintained had taken over hundreds of kids off the street over the years.

He therefore thanked the church for hosting this year’s thanksgiving service for the Academy and the school.

The Street Academy was established in 1986 by Mr Ataa Lartey, a sports enthusiast and social worker, as a youth program to tap talents in sports and cultural activities.

It is a three-year bridge program preparing students for mainstream education, the public school system, and vocational training. Committed to the most vulnerable children, the Street Academy is 100% free, sponsoring books, uniforms, and two meals a day.

The Academy offers inclusive refuge for under-resourced and underprivileged children by providing an alternative school curriculum rooted in informal academic teachings, sports, music, art, and culture.

Source: Ghana News Agency