Bradley Mariori | Post Courier | September 5, 2017
Landowners of Hidden Valley in Bulolo District, Morobe Province are planning to block off roads leading to the mine site today.
This is in response to what they termed as the unfavourable response to their demands which they presented in a petition last Thursday.
The landowners walked out of the meeting with the mining company and decided to take action to get the attention of the government.
The petition by the landowners lapsed on 26th August.
Their demand was for the mining company to review all contracts and give landowner companies greater opportunities to participate in contracts and other spin off benefits to come off from the mine development.
The contracts include labor hire, transport hire, bus services, fuel cartage, general cargo, waste management, environment monitoring and rehabilitation, travel agency, boiler shop contract, crusher contract, camp services and maintenance, heavy equipment (assembling and dismantling), security, catering services, and all contracts given to non landowners including foreign companies be given direct to landowner companies
Landowner spokesman, Andrew Kupa of Seproku Limited said they walked out of the meeting with Harmony Mine because their demands were not met.
“We have given them 14 days to respond to our demands and they have not responded in our favor or responded according to the memorandum of agreement we signed,” Mr Kupa said.
“It will be a peaceful demonstration by blocking the road and we will get those people in higher authorities to come down and address these issues.
“In the last seven years, we have not been benefiting from NKW which Harmony Gold said is a landowner company.
“Contracts coming to the little landowner companies are the way to go about and not NKW as an umbrella company which does not benefit us.
“It’s a matter of giving us contracts and everything will go back to normal,” said Mr Kupa.