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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Bauxite mining to start by March

The Ministry of Information (January 10): Bauxite mining at Nawailevu in Bua is expected to start by March according to the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources.

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama designated to the Land Bank the first parcel of native land earmarked for bauxite mining in the area.

This has started a chain of processes that will allow the Director of Lands to issue a surface lease to mine investors Aurum Exploration (Fiji) Limited next week.

A mining lease is expected to be issued in March. The director’s powers are stipulated in the Land Use Decree of 2010.

Acting Permanent Secretary for Lands and Mineral Resources Mr Filimone Kau said the surface lease will give Aurum Exploration (Fiji) Ltd access and exclusive possession to the land.

“They cannot mine but they can start some preliminary work like building a campsite etc access, bridges, and infrastructure,” he said. “They can only mine after being issued with a mining lease which will be around March this year,” Mr Kau added.

In addition, all these lands are also free from all encumbrances including Fiji Pine partially surrendering its lease and the reverting of legal rights over land to native landowners from the Mataqali Nalutu, Mataqali Noro and Mataqali Naicobo.

The site proposed for mining was previously leased by Fiji Pine Limited and covered under pine trees. Aurum Exploration Fiji (Ltd) paid Fiji Pine $1m for the partial surrender of their lease and subsequent large scale harvest of pine trees to allow for mining works.

“This is a good beginning for the Ministry in facilitating investment for the betterment of the nation as a whole,” Mr Kau said.

Government’s land reform initiative was borne out of Pillar 6 of the Peoples Charter for Change, Peace and Progress and is meant to address all critical issues pertaining to land which will provide the platform for the nation to progress economically and socially.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

RATU SAID.
FIJI GOVT HAS TO MAKE A LAW THAT LANDOWNER SHOULD GET 30 % SHARE HOLDING IN THIS COMPANY.
THIS IS THE WAY TO ASSIST FIJIAN ENTER IN BUSINESS.
I HOPE THEY WILL HEED TO THIS ADVISE .

Anonymous said...

RATU SAID.
FIJI GOVT HAS TO MAKE A LAW THAT LANDOWNER SHOULD GET 30 % SHARE HOLDING IN THIS COMPANY.
THIS IS THE WAY TO ASSIST FIJIAN ENTER IN BUSINESS.
I HOPE THEY WILL HEED TO THIS ADVISE .

Anonymous said...

When will Fijians learn.
Every single thing that this Illegal government tried to fix only ended up in deep shit.
They can't even fix Vatukoula and FSC, so you guys think something good is going to come out now.
You must be joking!
Or was Jesus Christ lying when He said that you can judge a tree by its fruit.(Mathew 7:16-18)
God help the people of Bua because they're about to start their rollercoaster ride to Hell.

Isa kemudou na turaga tau; Dou dau masu tiko. Keimami sa masulaki kemudou tiko.

Anonymous said...

VOREQE AND CO...........

Sa rauta mada na con tiko.
Fix the existing ones first...Vatukoula,FSC Etc.Etc

mark manning said...

Greed, stupidity, the " Village Idiot " mentality and ego, coupled with absolutely no foresight, are all the hallmarks of the Pacific Islander, it seems !

And what of an Environmental Impact Study ? Will the surrounding rivers and Reefs be destroyed, will adjacent Villagers be able to get compensation for damage to their land, will the destruction of the Pine forrest cause the top soil to wash away and silt up surrounding waterways and cover surrounding reefs?
Who will benefit overall financially from the rape of the Pine forrest, which Idiot Chief will hand over his Villages Inheritance next time for a few pieces of silver ?

On what basis was the decision made to hand over the land and what was the reward for doing so and who benefitted from that reward ?

On whose Authority was the decision to sign over the Clan Land made ?
Was there consultation or was it all done under the mango tree and a bowl of grog ?

Sa Rauta said...

Simione Kaitani. Laivi iratou na turaga tau me ratou lewa na nodratou qele.

Anonymous said...

I can only hope that your environmental watchdogs are superb.

The potential for toxic waste, erosion, and eventual marine harm is enormous if the oversight of the operation is in any way lax.

And, when the mineral is depleted - who gets to pay the true price for the restoration of the lands and waters?

Jake said...

Well this venture can only be good for Fiji and its people for those who were beneficiaries of the Qarase Government and are now beneficiaries and aliens of foreign Governments return to Fiji immediately. The nation needs you.

Put your spine where your mouth is and exercise that lazy spine for once in your pathetic lives and quit your whinging.


Jake

Concerned. said...

Pray it doesn't become another PNG type environmental disaster - proper land regeneration plan in place for future generations.

mark manning said...

Let the games begin :-
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Coconut_Revolution

ex Fiji tourist said...

Sorry joke

I can;t see the pinch line in your latest attempt at humour