African Minerals Limited is a minerals exploration and development company with significant interests in Sierra Leone where it has been active since 1996. It is listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange, and is now headquartered in London, United Kingdom. African Minerals is currently focused on the development of the world class iron ore deposit at Tonkolili. The project is the largest employer in Sierra Leone and is set to become the largest contributor to the country’s GDP.
In November 2012 a blueprint team travelled to Sierra Leone to shoot an “ore to market” film for African Minerals. The remit was to show the extent and scale of the developments on the ground through one seamless five minute sequence following the high grade iron ore product as it leaves the ground in the mountainous region of Tonkolili, through processing, loading, transporting, stockpiling, and finally offloading onto the transhipment vessel at Pepel. The film had to be turned around within a week of flying out to Freetown and was therefore shot and cut on location in Sierra Leone.