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Panguna Must Not Be Opened

The Panguna Mine Must Not Be Opened As There Were No Proper Consultations With Immediate Affected Land Owners At The Lower Tailings Area, Says Mr William Kareoto.

Sebastian Hakalits | Post Courier | July 27, 2017

The Panguna mine must not be opened as there were no proper consultations with immediate affected land owners at the lower tailings area, says Mr William Kareoto.

“We were the most affected in terms of land mess, population, and environmental than the land owners within the mine pit area or known as the Special Mining Lease area.”

“If BCL is to come back, they must first address the legacy issues as this are the very issues that started the Bougainville crisis and this legacy issues must not be negotiated later when the mine is in operation,” said Mr Kareoto.

He said the K10 billion that the late Francis Ona demanded must be paid in full to the people of Bougainville as compensation in form of infrastructure divided into districts to cover for lives that were lost during the crisis and the lease agreement and land owner benefits must be negotiated and agreed by all parties before negotiations for reopening is to be done.

Mr Kareoto said as a citizen of the affected areas of the lower tailings area, before any reopening negotiations is done, BCL must show us their Waste Disposal Management Plan as they have in the past polluted and bleached our environment with toxic chemicals and waste which is still evident today.

“Without this waste disposal management plan BCL won’t reopen the mine and I warn ABG, BCL and self- interest land owners that what they are doing without proper consultation may lead to another up raising by the people living around and along lower tailings,” said Mr Kareoto.


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Empowering communities fighting new mines: an interview with filmmaker Jessie Landerman

Companies offer all sorts of economic benefits directly and indirectly…. No community that we met and talked to felt that those promises had been realized or that they were better off after mining. Every community that we talked to had suffered and were much worse off after mining.

Jessie Landerman is a writer, producer, and director with the New Media Advocacy Project and discusses a new series of videos to help communities stand up to big mining companies.

  • Local communities often suffer from environmental degradation and human rights abuses when mining companies move into their territories.
  • A new series of videos shows local communities that they are not alone by sharing stories of how other communities have combatted, with some success, mining giants.
  • The organization is screening the films for various impacted communities worldwide.

Caitlin Looby | Mongabay | 13 July 2017

It is no secret that mining destroys environments and communities throughout the world. But, beneath the surface there are specific details that are not as widely known. Communities affected by mining sometimes suffer a myriad of human rights abuses. And communities often confront mining companies not knowing how other impacted communities have protected or supported themselves.

New Media Advocacy Project (N-Map) saw an opportunity to help communities stand up for themselves. N-Map is a non-profit organization that employs video-based storytelling to advocate for human rights. In its recent series “Beneath the Surface,” they highlight stories of communities that suffered from mining.

The goal is to use these stories as a tool to connect communities. Communities targeted by mining companies can screen these videos, get training, and turn screening sessions into action. This way they can get information before companies come in and break the cycle.

Jessie Landerman (left) interviews one of the local residents in Luhwindja, Democratic Republic of Congo, where people have lost their land and businesses because of the arrival of BanRo Gold Mining. Photo Credit: Megan Chapman

For example, communities can see how Nigeria’s Bodo community collected baseline data to prove that two Shell oil spills caused significant environmental damage. Or how the Tacana community in Bolivia took control in negotiating an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) when a Bolivian oil company wanted to drill on their land. An EIA measures what impact a project will have on the environment, and outlines what the company will do to reduce this impact.

“We see communities have small successes. They are never as grand or perfect as you like them to be. They are often very painful,” Landerman says.

The stories show that unity and knowledge are extremely important in breaking this cycle. Targeted communities can see that “they do have options and should come together as a community to decide what is the best strategy for them and become active players in that strategy,” Landerman explained.

In an interview with Mongabay, Landerman discusses the impacts of mining, how targeted communities can advocate for themselves, and how New Media Advocacy Project uses video-based storytelling to advance human rights (watch the videos in EnglishFrenchSwahili, or Creole).

Contaminated water from BanRo’s gold mine outside Luhwindja, Democratic Republic of Congo in South Kivu. Nearby residents have complained of many health problems since mining operations began, and they believe it is linked to the contaminated water. Photo Credit: Jessie Landerman.


Caitlin Looby for Mongabay: Will you tell us about New Media Advocacy Project?

Jessie Landerman: New Media Advocacy Project is a non-profit that is dedicated to using storytelling to advance human rights. What that looks like is creating very targeted audience-focused media or videos that are aimed at supporting specific pursuits of human rights.

That could look like any number of issues. We don’t really narrow ourselves based on the issues. We have a very broad definition of human rights, and the same goes for geography. What we offer to people who are already working on the human rights challenge or a human rights campaign is to partner with them to strategically use video.

One of the first steps to our process is to identify who the target audience is – not necessarily for video, but for change in general – in order for there to be a just outcome for the human rights challenge. Sometimes that target is at the top of the power pyramid like a judge or legislature. Sometimes it is the base of the pyramid itself, like in “Beneath the Surface.” [This series] is about a community audience, and empowering them through legal and other tactical information about how to defend their human rights.

Mongabay: What led you to explore the issue of mining around the world?

Jessie Landerman: In part mining is a cornucopia of human rights abuses. Almost any type of human rights abuse is affiliated with mining…The reason we got interested is from working with partners who worked around the world, hearing the articulation of the problems related to communities. There are a lot of stakeholders you can focus on when it comes to abuses related to mining. We really liked the idea that you could focus on communities as the main stakeholders of mining.

The problem is communities are facing off against these multinational mining companies alone without access and support, and without knowledge of what other communities in their position have done before.

We saw a fantastic opportunity to use video-based storytelling to solve that problem for communities that were targeted for mining. That is what drew us to it – that sense of opportunity and demand. We are really a demand driven organization in terms of solving problems using video. In this case, there were communities out there that were extremely hungry for information about what these mining companies done in other places and what have other communities done to protect their rights.

When we started researching it more, we saw there is a playbook that companies play by when they go from community to community. They get what they want, and communities really get screwed. There was an opportunity to use video-based storytelling to provide information to communities in advance, and help them stand up for themselves and break that cycle.

Madeleine May of New Media Advocacy (right) produces a video shoot in Bodo, Nigeria, where residents of a fishing city were devastated by an oil spill from a Shell pipeline just off the coast. Because citizens collected environmental samples of soil and water before the spill, the community’s legal representatives were able to definitively prove that Shell had contributed to the massive pollution of the coastal ecosystem. Photo Credit: Andrew Maki.

Mongabay: In “Beneath the Surface: The Impacts of Mining,” subjects mention that they were deceived. They thought that mining would be a “blessing.” How do mining companies convince communities to sign on?

Jessie Landerman: Based on the stories we have learned and read, companies offer all sorts of economic benefits directly and indirectly. They will often offer people jobs. They will often offer people direct money, saying they will get direct payouts. They say that they will have to relocate, and their new home will be a lot better than their old home. The idea is that people are offered development for their area; they are offered roads, schools, hospitals, and new jobs. And a sense that there is going to be a general rush of prosperity, which logically makes sense. When communities are aware that they have a valuable mineral, it is hard to imagine that you wouldn’t benefit from that. That mineral is under your house or your field. It is hard to think about all this wealth being extracted from where you live and not getting to see any of it.

No community that we met and talked to felt that those promises had been realized or that they were better off after mining. Every community that we talked to had suffered and were much worse off after mining. That includes communities that had sued for damages afterwards, and got cash payouts afterwards.

Mongabay: Do communities ever benefit? What about from artisanal mining?

Jessie Landerman: Industrial mining usually displaces artisanal mining. Also, as in the video from Ghana, if the community is not already mining artisanally, and a company comes in and starts finding indication that there are minerals people will come along before the industrial mine and start mining artisanally. This also has negative impacts on the social fabric and the environment.

Mongabay: Broadly, what are the environmental impacts of mining, both on local communities and biodiversity?

Jessie Landerman: One of the impacts of gold mining that we focus on the most is water. It is the most immediate and one of the most pressing problems environmentally that results from mining. Mining is bad for both the quantity and quality of water sources.

Gold mines use huge amounts of water in all of their processing. Communities have much less water than they used to. Also, water sources are very often contaminated by mining. Mercury and cyanide are frequently used in gold mining. People get very sick and there is tragedy after tragedy with people getting sick from contaminated water… Water [sources] can [also] be destroyed by oil.

One of the other cases that we looked at was diamond mining, and people [dying] from water-borne illnesses. Contaminated water is one of the deadliest and most serious impacts of gold mining, and other types of mining.

Mariana, an indigenous community leader in the Bolivian Amazon, reviews a summary of the Environmental Impact Assessment for a proposed oil and gas project in her community. Mariana and her neighbors fought hard against the project and forced the company to agree to specific environmental protections in their project plan. Photo credit: Jessie Landerman

Mongabay: In the second video, the project discusses the importance of collecting baseline data. Why is this so valuable?

Jessie Landerman: It gets people to recognize, value, and evaluate their own resources. If a company comes in, and says that they want to use your water you will react differently if you take it for granted than if you are actively engaged in valuing and thinking about all the ways to use that resource.

There is also a lot of policy-based processes, there are agreements that are signed and studies that are conducted. Communities are largely blocked from that process. It is very difficult for them to engage in part because it is to the benefit of companies to not engage communities. Getting communities confident and armed with their own data can really shift those scales. It can help them from getting steamrolled in a lot of these processes.

We also think the data that they collect is a tool that they can deploy at various points both before mining occurs and if it does happen and there is an accident, like contamination.

Mongabay: In “Beneath the Surface: Community Mapping and Resistance to Mining in Ghana,” it is mentioned that people become disconnected from their culture. How does mining do this? How is it impacting culture and society?

Jessie Landerman: The presence of outsiders. A lot of times mines are created in communities that are small and close-knit. The influx of outsiders, like workers at the mine can really devastate communities. Mining areas are very highly correlated with sex work and with drugs because there is a lot of transient migrant workers. Often times people working at the mines are not people from the community. When you have a large influx of outsiders, many of whom are migrant male workers, you end up with a lot of new dynamics in a community that can really change the social fabric.

Also, because mining is so damaging to land and to water, people often can’t farm anymore. When you disrupt an economic pillar of society everything else starts to shift. And what we see is that it doesn’t shift for the better.

Villagers in the Democratic Republic of Congo who were relocated to make way for BanRo’s Twangiza gold mine watch N-Map’s video The Impacts of Mining. The video features interviews with members of their community describing the suffering and unfulfilled promises caused by the company. Following the screening, the community engaged in a discussion about how it has been affected by the mine. Photo Credit: Jessie Landerman.

Mongabay: What are some of the challenges you face in producing videos like this?

Jessie Landerman: Mining is often done in very remote areas. It is a challenge to plan a video production that is several days long in a remote place where you may not have electricity. One of the cases that we highlight in the series is filmed in Bolivia, and it is about an Environmental Impact Assessment. To get there took at least three days. Flying from New York to Lima, flying to the Peruvian Amazon, getting on a boat to the Bolivian Amazon, and your boat breaks down. Then someone from the community shows up with their small boat, and you put all your equipment in it. Every night you are charging your batteries on a generator at someone’s house. You have to bring all of your food and water with you.

One of the other challenges is if a community has already been affected by an industrial mining company there is a level of distrust and trauma of outsiders who come in with an agenda. Not only to hear their stories, but to partner with them is a commitment.

At New Media Advocacy Project’s core is a commitment to partner with communities, civil society organizations, and NGOs. We would never show up in the Bolivian Amazon with our gear and try to solicit their testimony. We spend weeks and months building relationships with people explaining what we want to do and why, and also learning from them how it can be a reciprocal process. Sometimes knowing they are sharing their story with others is very valuable to communities. A lot of times the video itself is a tool that they can use to sustain their goals or for their own advocacy.

Mongabay: What stories in this series will you be producing next?

Jessie Landerman: We have two forthcoming videos in this series that we just filmed. One is from the Philippines that is a resistance movement that has a lot of strong female leadership. That is one angle that we wanted to focus on: the role of women in community-based human rights defense and organizing.

Mongabay: Do you ever reach out to the miners or companies, like Shell and Azumah, involved in destroying these environments?

Jessie Landerman: In the scope of this project, no. That is really not our goal because there is so much need in addressing mining abuses and human rights we had to be more rigid on where we focus our energy. We are focused on communicating with communities and between communities, and connecting them with each other. There is temptation to do that. There is a role for advocacy to these companies. That is not our role in this particular project. But, I recognize that it is an important part of human rights advocacy to mining.

Mongabay: What are the best methods for communities to resist mining companies from coming in? What can they learn from other communities who have successfully repelled mining companies?

Jessie Landerman: One of the biggest lessons is somewhat abstract, but it has to do with unity and communicating and information sharing within the community. Divide and conquer is one of the rules of the playbook for mining companies. If communities fall prey to that it is going to be very difficult for them to recover and implement any other tactical strategy. Whether it is doing a baseline water survey or creating a community-based organization in order to speak with one voice, the first step is unity and communication within the community itself.

Mongabay: Can areas recover from mining? If so, how long does it take for an ecosystem to recover?

Jessie Landerman: We haven’t researched thoroughly what happens after a mine closes. I know that it is still a huge problem area, and in many aspects after a mine closes the water system doesn’t support the community anymore. There [are] abandoned materials and pits scattered all over the globe.

One of the biggest and uplifting success stories has been the continuation of the story in Bolivia. A community was getting an oil and gas project forced on them and in order to fight back they took a very active role in all of the institutional processes around the mine, like permitting and studies that were conducted. Those are conversations that very often happen at the higher levels of government and the mining company, and people on the ground are left out. They seized the opportunity to insert themselves into that process. As a result, they were able to negotiate specific protections into the project plan that were so inconvenient for the project that the project was abandoned.

We see communities have small successes. They are never as grand or perfect as you like them to be. They are often very painful. These communities are in pain. But, there are these successes, but they are much more complex and nuanced. That has been a huge learning experience for me because as a video storyteller sometimes we seek these ideal, grand stories. The stories are grand, but they are also very complicated.

At a workshop with New Media Advocacy, community organizers in Northern Haiti view N-Map’s “Impacts of Mining” video and plan how to use the “Beneath the Surface” series to educate and empower their own communities. Photo Credit: Karen Heredia.

Mongabay: What is the big take home message you want a viewer to walk away with?

Jessie Landerman: Our strategy for distribution of the films is to provide projection equipment and training to community advocates so that they can screen the films in their own communities. We’ve identified partners in several target countries where there is an interest in mining.

We provide them with equipment for a battery powered screening for up to 200 people. We provide them with a projector, a speaker, a screen, and the videos in the appropriate language. And most importantly, customized training and support on who their audiences are, how to gather those audiences, and how to facilitate a discussion. Essentially, how to turn a video screening into community-based action.

In that sense, the target audiences are the communities themselves. We want them to walk away with a sense that their unity matters. They do have options and should come together as a community to decide what is the best strategy for them and become active players in that strategy. Rather than having far away elected representatives in the capital city decide on their behalf.

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Govt Urged Not To Rush Mining Laws

Post Courier | July 25, 2017

The Mineral Resources Authority’s (MRA) challenge going forward, is for it to reposition itself to effectively regulate the sector through the amendments to the laws that are before parliament. These include the Mining Act and the Mineral Resources Act. This is from MRA’s outgoing board chairman Robin Moaina.

Mr Moiana has been replaced by Ok Tedi Mining Limited’s deputy chief executive officer Musje Werror after 10 years at the helm of this regulatory entity.

Mr Moaina said both acts were before parliament.

He said the MRA board was never informed nor consulted on the whole process of how the Government went about amending the MRA Act in particular, and which remained a concern to him.

He had appealed to the incoming government not to rush into passing both amended acts; instead, to re-engage on the fundamentals of these proposed legislations.

He said this is to ensure the growth and investment of the exploration and mining sector in PNG.

The outgoing chairman said he was proud of MRA’s achievements over the past decade, and he was confident the authority would continue to support the government through its role.

“The organisation has grown from strength to strength and developed very robust and competent systems to service stakeholders of the exploration and mining sector including the government,” he said.

In congratulating his successor, Mr Moaina said he was confident Mr Werror would continue to provide the leadership needed by the board and management.

Mr Werror, who was elected during a recent board meeting, had assured of his commitment to engage with all stakeholders including industry, government and the landowners.

“MRA regulates the mining sector, which is an international business. It therefore has to continue to improve its regulatory services to meet that international expectation but do so within the laws of PNG,” Mr Werror said.

“I am confident MRA has the board and management expertise to effectively regulate the sector and to promote its growth to sustain the economic prosperity of the country.

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Taranaki seabed mining decision delayed by a week

Ngati Ruanui, of Patea, protest in Parliament grounds, Wellington, against the mining application. MONIQUE FORD / Fairfax NZ

Andrew Owen | Taranaki Daily News | July 25 2017

The decision on a controversial application to mine thousands of tons of iron sand off the Taranaki coast has been put back by a week.

The Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) decision-making committee is considering an application by Trans-Tasman Resources Ltd (TTR) to extract billions of dollars in iron ore in shallow waters about 25 kilometres off the coast of Patea.

The 20-year project would involve extracting about a quarter of a cubic kilometre of iron sands, weighing a billion tonnes, from under the sea within the South Taranaki Bight. Iron ore would be separated out on a ship before 90 per cent of the material was piped back onto the mined seabed.  

A hearing on the application took place earlier this year and a decision was expected to have been given to the EPA on Thursday.

But the committee announced on Tuesday that it “requires a further extension of one week to deliver its decision to the EPA”. 

It is now expected to be presented on Thursday, August 3 and will be made public in the week beginning August 14.  

“As you can appreciate this is an important application and the committee is determined to ensure it has given full consideration to all of the information presented at the hearing and prepare a fully reasoned decision,” Diane Robinson, EPA Group Manager: Communications, said in a statement.

“As is usual with such applications, we fully expect the decision document itself could run into hundreds of pages. Once we have received it, the document will need to be proof-read before hard copies are produced and bound for publication.”

This is the second application by TTR, which is about 45 per cent foreign-owned, to get approval for the project.

Its previous application was rejected by the EPA in 2014 but the company then modified its proposal and now describes the potential effects on the marine environment as “very small to negligible”. 

However, the application has attracted a great deal of opposition from iwi and hapu members in South Taranaki, as well as opposition from further afield.

Environmental groups including Greenpeace and Forest & Bird, along with fisheries companies, are opposing the mining permit, concerned about the impact on blue whales, Maui’s dolphins and other marine life.

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Crater Gold Mining is reinvigorated, debt free and focused on PNG gold

Alexander Molyneux, proposed chairman

Papua New Guinea is home to multi-million ounce major gold mines

Proactive Investors | 24 July 2017

Crater Gold Mining Ltd has undertaken a transformation change, and is back trading on the ASX.

New funding will retire material debt and leave circa $4.3 million to $5.1 million in cash to pursue its strategy at the flagship Crater Mountain Project in Papua New Guinea.

The new “Crater Gold” company will have a recognised mining industry leader on the board and in management.

The project is highly prospective, and contains two separate existing epithermal gold Inferred Resources which combined exceed 800,000 ounces of gold.

This resource was formulated from just 14,500 cumulative linear metres of drilling that mainly took place in 2010-2013.

At the time the company became side-tracked the proposed development a small-scale mining operation and taking on a debt burden to do so.

A re-invigorated Crater Gold aims for a transformational increase in resources, which will be done by the purchase of two drill-rigs to be based at the project.

This will deliver over 10,000 cumulative linear metres per year.

Funding strategy

The funding injection will include up to $16.2 million, comprising:

– A 11 for 2 renounceable pro–rata entitlement offer at $0.01 per share to raise at least $13.0 million and up to $15.0 million before costs; and
– The proposed conditional sale of 100% of non-core Croydon Project for $1.2 million in cash.

Why Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is home to multi-million ounce major gold mines with operators such as Barrick, Newcrest and Harmony present.

The country’s annual production exceeds 2.1 million ounces and has been growing.

PNG also offers a stable and competitive tax and regulatory regime – no material change in minerals law for 25 years – and the currency is ‘pegged’ to USD.

Adding further interest, incoming directors regard the owner of nearby Kainantu Project, K92 Mining as a key relevant peer.

A new name and new board

The current proposed name change is to Paradise Gold Mining Ltd.

Sam Chan and Richard Johnson have agreed to resign from the company’s board and three new proposed directors have agreed to join on completion of the entitlement offer.

The three new proposed directors are:

  • Alexander Molyneux, proposed chairman – 20-years’ experience in the minerals industry as an executive, director and specialist industry investment banker.
  • Dorian L. (Dusty) Nicol, proposed non-executive director – Career geologist with over 40-years’ experience in discovery and resource development. Worked extensively in Papua New Guina for Esso Minerals and Rennison Gold Fields, including on Crater Mountain and Kainantu projects.
  • Robert Usher, proposed non-executive director – Mining engineer with more than 25-years’ experience. Significant gold production experience including in PNG with Placer Dome at its Porgera operation from 1993 to 1999.

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Lihir to get Newcrest on target

An overall view of the Cadia mine in Orange, NSW.

Paul Garvey | The Australian | 25 July 2017

For much of its recent history, Newcrest Mining has been relying on its Cadia mine in NSW to make up for the problems at its Lihir mine in Papua New Guinea. Now, the roles are being reversed.

With Cadia out of action ­following an earthquake earlier this year, it was a record quarter from the oft-maligned Lihir that helped the Melbourne-based miner reach its annual production guidance.

Lihir produced 276,230 ounces of gold during the June quarter, up 20.3 per cent for the period in what was a record quarter for the operation.

The strong performance of Lihir — which had historically been the cause of several operational headaches during its early years under Newcrest ownership — helped make up for the sharp decrease in output at Cadia, which was hit by an earthquake in mid-April.

One of two panel caves at Cadia has since restarted production, with the outstanding panel scheduled to come back into operation during the ­September quarter.

The unexpected outage and the cost of remediation work at Cadia will likely weigh on Newcrest’s earnings when it posts it full-year result next month, with the costs associated with the ­incident likely to show up as an exceptional item in its accounts.

Newcrest managing director Sandeep Biswas said the record numbers out of Lihir reflected the “relentless drive for improvement” at the mine.

“Given the disruption to ­production at Cadia due to the seismic event, the overall ­performance this quarter was ­remarkable and demonstrates the resilience of Newcrest’s ­assets,” Mr Biswas said.

Newcrest’s total output for the quarter came in at 551,815 ounces of gold and 12,968 tonnes of ­copper, down from 598,602 ­ounces of gold and 22,074 tonnes of ­copper in the March quarter.

The outage at Cadia, which has historically been Newcrest’s highest-margin mine, meant the company’s all-in sustaining cost margin fell to $US360 an ounce during the June quarter, down from $US521 per ounce in the ­previous three months.

RBC Capital Markets analyst Paul Hissey said that while he ­expected the Cadia incident to affect Newcrest’s upcoming results, the company had been able to limit the damage with improved output from its other key mines.

“While events at Cadia appear largely beyond Newcrest’s control, this result shows that the company has been able to move other levers to broadly mitigate the impact,” he said.

Brokerage Goldman Sachs says the cost guidance in the full year results will be a key driver of sentiment towards Newcrest.

On the exploration front, Newcrest revealed it had applied for 40 exploration tenements in Ecuador, which is emerging as a new gold exploration hotspot. Newcrest has already entered Ecuador through its investment in SolGold, whose Cascabel copper-gold discovery is shaping up as particularly promising.

Newcrest spent another $US40 million on a further 4.5 per cent stake in SolGold during the quarter, taking its interest in the London and Canadian-listed group to 14.54 per cent.

Shares in Newcrest closed 18c, or 0.9 per cent, higher at $19.76.

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Bell Potter beats drum for PNG minerals explorer float

Ex-New Hope boss Rob Neale lines up as chairman of ASX-hopeful Mayur Resources. Glenn Hunt

Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald, Joyce Moullakis | Australian Financial Review | 24 July 2017

Fund managers will recognise some of the names behind PNG minerals exploration company and initial public offering-hopeful Mayur Resources, which is seeking to hit the ASX boards on September 1.

Queensland resources industry veteran and former managing director of Soul Patts’ coal play New Hope Corporation Rob Neale lines up as chairman, while former Hancock Prospecting executive Paul Mulder would run the listed company as managing director. 

The pair would be joined around the boardroom table by former Gloucester Coal deputy CEO and BHP Billiton iron ore executive Tim Crossley, and former Credit Suisse metals and mining research analyst Paul McTaggart, among others. 

Mayur Resources was seeking to raise up to $15.5 million via the sale of CHESS Depository Interests at 40¢ each. The company is incorporated in Singapore, with operational headquarters in Brisbane and assets in Papua New Guinea. 

In a prospectus lodged late last week, chairman Neale told potential investors that Mayur had been operating since 2011 with the aim of acquiring, exploring and developing mineral and energy opportunities in PNG. 

Funds raised were pegged for a definitive feasibility study of the company’s Orkolo Bay Industrial Sands Project, and to deliver a resource estimate for its Port Moresby Limestone Project, among other uses. 

CEO Mulder doubled as the company’s largest shareholder, with a 52.6 per cent stake prior to the IPO. 

Bell Potter is running the IPO as lead manager and was scheduled to open the raising next week. 

The offer was not underwritten. If successful, the company would list on September 1.

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MRA gets new chairman

Cedric Patjole | Loop PNG | July 21, 2017

Deputy CEO of Ok Tedi Mine, Musje Werror, has been appointed as the new chairman of the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA).

Werror was elected last week by the MRA board members, replacing Robin Moaina, who served as chairman for 10 years.

In a statement prepared by MRA, Werror thanked the board for their confidence in him and said he will make it a priority to continue stakeholder engagement to improve MRA’s services.

“MRA regulates the mining sector, which is an international business,” he said. “The MRA therefore has to continue to improve its regulatory services to meet that international expectation but do so within the laws of PNG.

“I am confident that MRA has the Board and management expertise to effectively regulate the sector and to promote its growth to sustain the economic prosperity of the country.”

Moaina said he was proud of MRA achievement over the decade and is confident the Authority is now a competent and responsible agency that will continue to support the government in its role.

“As the founding chairman of the MRA board, it has been my greatest pleasure in providing governance and leadership oversight to MRA,” stated Moaina.

“This organisation has grown from strength to strength and developed very robust and competent systems to service stakeholders of the exploration and mining sector, including the government.

“I am very confident that chairman Werror will continue to provide a very strong leadership for the Board going forward and I wish the Board, management and staff of the Authority every success in the years ahead.”

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Mining amendments concern outgoing chairman

Cedric Patjole | Loop PNG | July 21, 2017

Outgoing chairman of the Mineral Resources Authority Board, Robin Moaina, has appealed to the incoming Government not to rush into passing the proposed amendments to the MRA Act and Mining Act.

In a statement announcing the new MRA Board Chairmanship of MRA, Moaina said the proposed amendments to the Mining Act and MRA Act remain a concern for him.

This is because the Government did not consult the MRA Board regarding the amendments.

He has called for the government to re-engage on the fundamentals of these proposed legislation to ensure the growth and investment of the exploration and mining sector in PNG.

In welcoming new chairman Muje Werror, he said the challenge going forward is to reposition MRA to effectively regulate the mining sector through the proposed amendments.

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Doctors warn mining leads to increased rates of diabetes

Be Mindful Of Your Diets, Doctors Warn

Lack Of Proper Management Of One’s Diet And Lack Of Awareness Are The Main Causes Of Diabetes In Papua New Guinea, According To Doctors.

Lynette Kil | Post Courier | July 20, 2017

Lack of proper management of one’s diet and lack of awareness are the main causes of diabetes in Papua New Guinea, according to doctors.This was revealed by secretary of the Diabetic Association in Papua New Guinea, Dr Joyce Sauk during a cheque presentation by the Malaysian charity organization in Port Moresby yesterday (July 19).

“Managing diet in PNG has been a concern and challenge for health workers in the country especially the diabetic foundation,” said Dr Sauk.

She added that not only people in urban centres were diagnosed but also in the rural areas due to the influx of Cash in the areas were mining activities were taking place resulting in change of the diet.

Dr Sauk said a data base system is needed for proper planning in addressing the issue.

“The foundation is currently working on creating one.

“We have been relying on the data provide by World Diabetic foundation five years ago and we need fresh data updated to manage diabetes  in PNG,” said Dr Sauk.

She added that funding is also a problem.

“We are currently relying on donors, as we do not get funding from the health department to implement plans and I thank Malaysian charity organisation for its K20,000 cheque donations to assist the foundation,” said Dr Sauk

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