Tolokuma mine resumes operation

By Patrick Talu | Post Courier

Tolukuma Gold Mine (TGM), the 100 percent nationally owned mine has resumed operation on Wednesday afternoon after aggrieved landowners lifted the taboo placed on the mine ten days ago.

After two days of negotiation between Patromin PNG Holding Ltd (Petroimin) as the owner of TGM, Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) as a stakeholder and the Yulai Landowners Association (YLA), the landowners removed the plant through their own Goilala customary procession, a way of reversing the taboo placed to stop the mine’s operations .

The lifting of the taboo was after Petromin and YLA entered into a special agreement to address the landowners’ grievances mutually.

Among the requests Petromin made commitment to; give 5 per cent equity in the mine consistent with government’s mining policy and also to look at seting up a business development office subject to establishing a mechanism as to how the landowners can have 50 per cent interest of all contracts in TGM. Petromin through its managing director and chief executive officer Joshua Kalinoe also agreed to pay all outstanding payments including a K600,000 for YLA; set a desk for YLA at TGM office in Port Moresby and pay other outstanding financial obligations for the exploration activities incurred.

The MD also agreed to have direct communication with YAL and look at building capacity and training for mine area workforce while making commitment to review working condition for genreal Papua New Guinean workforces as part of Petromin’s human resources policy review.

He also commited to work with the State to look at the Tolukum Access Road to Port Moresby.

As a party to the special agreement YLA chairman George Gusi and his chiefs representing three major clans agreed to acknowledge Petromin as the 100 per cent owner of TGM and also agreed to work closely with Petromin and TGM management team to protect the commercial interest of the mine.

Mr Gusi also apologised to Mr Kalinoe, his senior Petromin management team and MRA’s mining coordinator Pelis Watnabar for the mine closure and all the loss incurred. Mr Kalinoe said,” Petromin learned a valuable lesson. What happened is history. Don’t lean too much on history and live the past because the past will destroy the future. Let’s find a way forward to develop the mine,” Mr Kalinoe said. Mr Kalinoe who is also a director on the TGM Board expressed confidence in the current TGM management team headed by acting general manager David Laulau and his senior team at Petromin with the likes of Lyndah Brown-Kola (Acting General Manager Minerals) and Sam Inguba (General Manger Corporate Services) to lift TGM to a next level. The reopening mining proceeded with a pig killing and exchange of betel nuts between Petromin and YLA chiefs before removing the taboo marking the resumption of mine’s operation.

Mr Kalinoe will fly into Tolukuma today and personally deliver the K600, 000 and a K50,000, part of the K100,000 cash gift as part of the customary peace ceremony while the next K50,000 will be paid next month.

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12 responses to “Tolokuma mine resumes operation

  1. wastewater1

    Thank God that you have seemingly all come to some position whereby the community at large will benefit, not just a few select individuals…From here in Boston and what I said initially given my expefrience in providing guar gum to refineries and securing gold, oil, iron ore and coal to my company here in Boston – Innovative Global Technologies, Inc. – where these precious commodities are purchased by the end user in China and India and the owners and the community benefit.

    While an elder having well over 30 years experience in global project business development primarily in the energy sector where today China business relatonships have stated clearly that they will invest up to $10 billion in oil and gas refineries globally and coupled with my company’s focus as well as securing investors of up to $100 million to invest in graphene technology – a terrific place for your community and business leaders to become part of tomorrow from the proceeds of your valiuable and rich resources which you are selling to your respective end users, when the day finishes and you all look back, as long as the greedy ones are thwarted, work together, clasp hands and help each other to enable the youngsters you see before you to thrive, to be proud of their culture, the values you have shared….

    The riches in your country are for all to benefit and to those whose astute business acumen has promoted the value of what you as a People have to offer, surely they, too must be further rewarded for they obviously have foresight and fortitude, yet all should benefit as the world requires much in commodities and you, too should be rewarded.

    God Bless you all!

    skype: christopher.tingus

  2. Bill Jenkins

    It would be good if the new Petromin team could make a difference in the lives of the people around the mine.

  3. Stefan Wolf

    Lets hope the PNG locals get the benefit, and not the grubby USA based middle men, that portray themselves as upright citizens for the betterment of the world, whilst all along their underlaying motive is to commercially rape and pillage.

  4. wesely

    “…………lets hope the locals get to do all the raping and pillaging ???……….”
    This what you mean?

  5. wesely

    the locals don’t seem to want a “fair deal” so much as some might think.

  6. Stefan Wolf

    Everyone wants what is fair and just…… that is human nature..!

  7. Wesely

    No, human nature is more often than not just greed based.

  8. Stefan Wolf

    Do I hit a raw nerve?
    Not all Melanesian are bad, or thieves as you would paint the picture,
    by human nature we tend to judge people by how we are.

    In fact most Melanesian’s are like most of the people around the globe,
    good and bad in every country and culture. Just look at America
    it personifies all that is good and all that is bad about white man and the Western (un) Civilisation.

    Perhaps the Melanesians have had enough of the thieving white man and decided time to give the white man some of his own medicine.

    I am honest and just man, not a thieving imperialist or greed based white man. Perhaps we would all be better if we left the locals to a jungle life and left out all the avarices of the western world. After all they do not need us to continue a tribal life, and whom are we to say that our way of life is better?

  9. goy

    road access from the mine to POM ?
    you have got to joking ,
    the weather and the road blocks by LO will ensure it will never happen

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