Durba, a landlocked gold valley within the North-East of the DRC
The inhabitants of the village of Durba within the territory of Watsa (Haut-Uele) welcome the event of the Durba-Aru street, 140 kilometers lengthy. That is the principle route of evacuation and provide of products from this village wealthy in gold.
To get to Durba, it’s important to fly to Isiro after which proceed by dust street on a protracted journey of roughly 340 kilometers. The Kibali firm often organizes Entebbe (Uganda)-Durba flights, however just for its brokers and guests.
In any other case, you should undergo Uganda and attain Aru, border submit.
“We solely do 3 to 4 hours of time”
140 km lengthy, the dust street Durba-Aru was developed by Kibali Gold, to the good satisfaction of the inhabitants. “Actually, it was severe to get to Aru. It took three weeks to a month, as a result of the street was actually dangerous. However, as quickly as Kibali arrived, it solely takes 3 to 4 hours to get to Aru”, rejoices a resident.
From 30,000 folks in 2009, the inhabitants of Dura is estimated as we speak at round 400,000 inhabitants. This demographic growth is pushed by the set up of Kibali Gold, which has been working the previous SOKIMO mines since 2009.
The village of Durba is a valley within the Kibali sector, neglected by hills wealthy in gold. It is extremely scorching in Durba. Lingala is the language most spoken by a predominantly Catholic inhabitants. Solely the Vodacom community is operational.
The city street of Durba has solely 7 km of concrete street, all the time by Kibali Gold.
Durba shouldn’t be provided with water by the Régie de distribution d’eau (REGIDESO). Then again, a part of the village receives electrical energy provided by Kibali, which has constructed three hydroelectric dams within the space.
Beer and international foreign money
A liter of gasoline is negotiated between 3000 and 3500 Congolese francs (1.5 USD). However, the Ugandan shilling is well accepted by native merchants.
Bralima merchandise, a brewery primarily based within the DRC, are very uncommon available on the market; as a result of it’s troublesome to convey them from Kisangani, due to the dangerous state of the street. Probably the most consumed drinks come both from Uganda or from the Brasimba manufacturing facility in Beni.