Okapi Resources Limited is a new minerals exploration company focused on the discovery and commercialisation of mineral deposits in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Western Australia.
Okapi’s primary objective is to discover and develop mineral resources from its current portfolio. The Company has carefully selected two initial projects with historical workings and excellent results. Okapi has a team of professionals with an exemplary record of success and with a particular history in Western Australia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Okapi is also pursuing a growth strategy that aims to appraise and secure further exploration and development opportunities within gold and mineral endowed districts.
Mr Eckhof is a geologist with more than 25 years experience identifying, exploring and developing mineral deposits around the world.
Mr Eckhof worked for Mount Edon Gold Mines Ltd as Business Development Manager before it was acquired by Canadian mining company, Teck. In 1994, he founded Spinifex Gold Ltd and Lafayette Mining Ltd, both of which successfully delineated gold and base metal deposits. Mr. Eckhof has spent numerous years developing contacts within the DRC with several mining deals being very successfully executed.
In late 2003, Mr Eckhof founded Moto Goldmines, which acquired the Moto Gold Project in the DRC. There Mr Eckhof and his team raised over $100 million and delineated more than 12Moz of gold and delivered a feasibility study within four years from the commencement of exploration. Moto Goldmines was subsequently acquired by Randgold Resources for $488m, who poured first gold in September 2013. The resource now stands at some 22Moz of gold.
Mr Eckhof is also a director of Burey Gold Ltd and Carnavale Resources Ltd.
Mr Ferguson is a geologist with over 30 years of experience in gold and base metals exploration, resource definition and feasibility studies globally, with a focus on Africa. Having held senior management positions for the last 18 years, Mr Ferguson has developed a reputation for developing resources to the stage of commercialisation.
Mr Ferguson was Country Manager – Tanzania for Ashanti Goldfields, being instrumental in assessing and the acquisition of the now multi-million ounce Geita Gold Project.
Mr Ferguson served as CEO of Condor Gold Plc (LSE_AIM) between 2003 -2008 where he secured and developed gold projects which currently contain CIM compliant resources of 2.32Moz @4g/t gold. He has also served on the Boards of Burey Gold Ltd, African Metals Corp and Samba Minerals Limited.
Mr Ferguson now has a strong focus on African gold projects, especially within the Democratic Republic of Congo.