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West African Gold Mining Opportunities with Bert Monro

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In the episode, we chat to Bert Monro, CEO of Cora Gold who are a UK-based AIM-listed company that is a gold exploration company with a focus on gold exploration in Mali and Senegal.


Bert has a strong background in Africa having spent over 10 years at Hummingbird Resources in senior management, so has a great understanding of how to develop gold mining assets in those regions. He shares what Cora is currently focusing on, explaining why and elaborating on the opportunities that still exist in the area and how investors and others can tap into them.




  • Cora is mainly a grassroots explorer making discoveries in West Africa.
  • The feasibility study for Sanankoro Gold Discovery is on track for delivery later in the year.
  • This project is fully financed, but investment opportunities still exist for the project.
  • Exploratory drills will be complete in July. So far, the results are excellent.
  • Much of the site is covered by free digging material, keeping extraction costs low.
  • Cora has 5 permits in the Sankara project area, but they also have permits in other parts of West Africa.
  • The engagement with the local community is good and ESG projects are progressing fast.
  • Cora is one of the first companies to get its exploration permit renewed, post the new mining code.
  • The pandemic threw up some curveballs, but the team has adapted well.




‘The thing we really like about Sanakoro is that you´ve got a lot of oxide material. ´

‘CoVid didn´t change the way we operated the business because we were working remotely before.’

‘Look to build the lowest cost operation possible … to maximize your margin whatever the gold price.’

‘I think gold equities offer investors great leverage into the gold price. ´





Cora Gold website













Rob Tyson is the Founder and Director of Mining International Ltd, a leading global recruitment and headhunting consultancy based in the UK specialising in all areas of mining across the globe from first world to third world countries from Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Australia. We source, headhunt, and discover new and top talent through a targeted approach and search methodology and have a proven track record in sourcing and positioning exceptional candidates into our client's organisation in any mining discipline or level. Mining International provides a transparent, informative, and trusted consultancy service to our candidates and clients to help them develop their careers and business goals and objectives in this ever-changing marketplace.





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Rob Tyson is an established recruiter in the mining and quarrying sector and decided to produce the “Dig Deep” The Mining Podcast to provide valuable and informative content around the mining industry. He has a passion and desire to promote the industry and the podcast aims to offer the mining community an insight into people’s experiences and careers covering any mining discipline, giving the listeners helpful advice and guidance on industry topics.

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