Serafina Silatoga | Fiji Times, April 09, 2016
BAUXITE mining will go ahead in the district of Wainunu in Bua.
That has been confirmed by the Tui Wainunu Ratu Orisi Baleitavea who has headed a team of traditional leaders to consult villagers about the mining project.
“A lot has been said about bauxite and the lush vegetation of Wainunu and we admit it is all true, including the survey carried out by our children who hail from Bua,” Ratu Orisi said.
“But there remains a true fact that the people of Wainunu need some form of constant financial income.
“And mining is a project that will bring in a lot of income for the people of Wainunu as we all know the hardships we face financially.”
Ratu Orisi said Wainunu had survived on agriculture but people continued to be in financial needs.
“There are some successful farmers we have but there are other villagers who need assistance in earning a constant income.
“So bauxite mining and logging are two major capital projects in the district and logging started in 2014.
“The people that will benefit most from these major projects are our children because we have and will put aside money for their education.”
Ratu Orisi said the traditional leaders didn’t want their children to go through the life many of them lived.
“We didn’t complete our education, most of us dropped out at secondary and even primary school level and we struggled through life.
“We don’t want our children to go through that life. We want them to be successful people and the money earned from bauxite mining will help them achieve their educational needs.”
He added such projects would boost development in the district and improve the livelihoods of his people.