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Breakthrough claimed for Mount Kare people

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Alfred Kaniniba | Post Courier

Mt Kare, the mountain that brought the biggest gold rush in modern PNG history and with it a curse to the landowners bringing infighting, disharmony and ill-feelings for more than 30 years, is now in the past.

The disputing parties from the Enga and Hela Provinces have been assisted to formally engage and dialogue with each other through a mediated agreement under the National Court’s alternate dispute resolution program.

The dispute resolution program will target the land on which the exploration licence 1093 was granted and previously saw five developers come and go with legitimate and paper landowners ending up embroiled in bitter legal battles over ownership of the land.

The ADR was implemented under the leadership of National Court Judge Ambeng Kandakasi who brought all the Mt Kare clans together from Enga and Hela.

On July 18 and 19, 2015, all landowners with interests within EL 1093 agreed to go to mediation as per the Mediation Order of March 2015, and after freely and willingly participating in the process agreed to 10 terms of agreement.

The first terms states: “The Parties will avoid the long process of litigation in court and solve any future dispute or conflict or differences between them over landownership in mutually acceptable ways as a first option.

The terms also include: “The parties recognised 19 clans as the exclusive landowning clans within the boundaries of EL 1093. Twelve from the Paiela-Based landowning clans of Enga Province and seven from the Tagali–based landowning clans of Hela Province.

It also calls for: “The landowner parties in this agreement identified agree to organise themselves into properly incorporated land groups in accordance with the Incorporated Land Groups Act and the National Government, Enga Provincial Government, Hela Provincial Government and Summit Develop0ment Limited (or its successor or successors) may use their best endeavours to assist the landowner parties.”

During the weekend the Paiela-based clans said they were happy with the mediated agreement and are now looking forward to fast track the project.

Team leader of the 12 Enga clans Ben Hewape said it was now time for Mt Kare to move forward and called on the Government and the Enga Provincial Government help them progress.

Mr Hewape from the Leyapi clan and John Tarale from the Komai clan who spoke on-behalf of the Pakeya, Terewane, (Heli Paiela), Yangeyame, and Yamondaka clan leaders present in Port Moresby as well as the Yolo, Kewai, Tini-Pulumani, Angalani, and Pujero clans called on the Enga Governor Sir Peter Ipatas to seriously look at helping them, now that a way forward has been agreed to.

“We are calling on the national government and especially our action governor Sir Peter through the provincial government to help is with a mobilisation fund to help our ILGs verification of our clan lists with our lawyers to fast track development.

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Mineral Resource Authority Urged To Respect Landowners

PNG Today

mt kare landownersMount Kare Gold Development Corporation (MKGDC) Chairman Pes Watai has blamed the Mineral Resource Authority for causing ‘unnecessary inconvenience’ for landowners of the resource rich area.

Watai was referring to The National story of November 5, 2015 in which a MRA official said that there was no landowner body for Mt Kare and further stated that currently there is no free licence that the landowners can claim ownership and look for investors on their own.

“Whoever MRA official that went out to the media to say there is no landowner body for Mt Kare is an outrageous lie and a direct insult to the landowners,” Watai said.

Watai said that in a letter dated 14 March, 2014 by the Minister for Mining Hon.Byron Chan MP to the Managing Director of MRA Philip Samar, Minister Chan officially recognised MKGDC as the landowner umbrella company.

“MKGDC is not disputing the current exploration licence ( EL 1093) held by tenant holder Summit Indochine Limited that is awaiting renewal by the Mining Minister Hon Byron Chan MP.”

“MKGDC stand united to work for the maximum benefits of the landowners. We have waited and suffered for so long. All we want is for the project to go ahead as soon as possible no later 2016.” Watai said.

“Earlier this month in a special meeting, the 7 major clans comprising of 21 clan agents out of the 37 agents appointed at Mt Kare in the presence of representatives from the Department of Lands and Physical Planning, MRA, consultants, Enga provincial Government, Summit Indochine Ltd ( developer) and landowners during the Land Identification Report/ Land Identification Survey last year ( May- October 2014) unanimously agreed and voted to have MKGDC be the sole legitimate landowner umbrella company to work with the developer, provincial and national government,”

The Special Mining Lease (SML) comprises of 7 major clans area namely Pakeya, Komai, Leyapi, Heli, Yolo and Kewai Terewana in a meeting in which the 21 clan agents agreed to have MKGDC lead their concerns and grievances after the court sanctioned mediation of July 24 and August 2015 respectively confirmed 19 major landowning clans,” Watai said.

In the meeting earlier this month, past differences and interclan rivalry and tassle for leadership positions were also amicabicably resolved in the meeting with another faction of a landowner umbrella company executive pledging his support to work with MKGDC under the leadership of Watai.

Chairman of Ipaita Limited Peter Tako fully pledged his support to work under MKGDC and committed to submit under the leadership of Watai.

Tako said that he had to put aside the leadership tussle and work together for the betterment of the landowners of the project area to start no later than 2016.

Watai thanked Tako for showing mature leadership by putting aside all differences and to work together for the maximum benefit of the landowners.

“The November 05 story even stated that MKGDC was trying to claim ownership and look for an investor on our own which is totally wrong and misleading,”

“I respect and applaud the mediation process presided over by Justice Kandakasi and Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Pupaka.”

“The mediation process is seen as a light at the end of the tunnel because this issue has been dragged through the mud for 30 years without development in which genuine landowners were dying instead of benefiting.” Watai said.

“I urge the responsible authorities to do whatever it takes to have the project started as the landowners stand united to work with the developer, MRA, provincial and the national government.”

“All we want is development, service and change in our area as soon as possible.” Watai said.

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Landowners support Mt Kare gold project developer

The National

A GROUP of landowners from the Mt Kare gold project in Enga are supporting the project developer.

The group representing the clans of Pakeya, Leyapi, Heli, Komai, Yolo, Kewai Terewana and Yangeyame said the Summit Development Ltd, a subsidiary of Indochine Mining Ltd, was able to demonstrate commitment in resolving landowning issues.

They want the company to continue with development of the project.

Landowner chief Timothy Hewe Balope said in supporting the work of Summit Development, the landowners wanted the Government to fast-track the renewal and granting of the exploration license (EL) 1093 to the firm.

“We have seen and experienced a lot of companies coming into develop a project but they shut down operations,” Balope said.

“For the past years, the work by Summit especially with the success of the Land Investigation Study and Land Investigation Reports conducted by the firm has been well received by all landowners.

“The company has done well in its exploration work and we want them to continue with that.

“The EL 1093 held by Summit Development expired in August of last year and since then there has been no word from the Mineral Resources Authority and the Mining Minister’s office on the renewal.

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Mt Kare mine developer denies liquidation

Above: Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary parade at Mt Kare. Photo: Nigel Nawara

Above: Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary parade at Mt Kare. Photo: Nigel Nawara

Leo Wafiwa | PNG Loop

The directors of Summit Development Limited (SDL), the developer of Mt Kare gold project have advised all stakeholders that the company is not in liquidation as per “some rumours’’.

Director of Summit Development Limited, George Niumataiwalu, today said the parent company of SDL, Indochine Mining Limited (IDC) was placed into voluntary administration by the directors of IDC. Therefore the company appointed Darren Weaver, Ben Johnson and Martin Jones as Joint and Several Administrators pursuant to section 436A of the Corporations Act 2001.

“It is important to note that this appointment only relates to IDC and not its subsidiaries.

“Voluntary administration (in the Australian context) is a procedure where the directors appoint an external administration whose role is to work with the directors to develop and implement a financial re-organisation solution for the benefit of all stakeholders,” the Fijian director said.

He explained that the ultimate aim of a voluntary administration is to achieve an outcome that results in a better return to stakeholders than would otherwise have been achieved in a winding up.

“The appointment of voluntary administrators does not necessarily mean that the company is going into liquidation. The board and management of IDC have been, and will continue, in conjunction with the administrators, to seek to secure the necessary funding to provide for the long term, viability of Mt Kare.

“IDC remains committed to turning Mt Kare into a profitable, long life operation.”

Mr Niumataiwalu said that the decision to place the company into voluntary administration did not enforce any action upon Summit, a PNG subsidiary of IDC and they would, for the most part, continue business as usual except that the administrators would direct the affairs of the parent company.

Mr Niumataiwalu added that as to the Mt Kare project, the administrators had been in contact with the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) in preparing for a restructure of the project, to maximise returns to all creditors and preserve its future value for landowners and creditors alike.

Indochine was placed into a voluntary administration in late March this year after it failed to secure sufficient funding for its Mt Kare project. The funding failure arose when unnamed interested parties to the project withdrew their funding offers.

It was reported earlier that Indochine had cash of A$413, 000 (about K900,000) at the end of December 2015 and had raised $500, 000 (K 1.4 million) in February. However, the company also has a $3.75 million (K10 million) loan which is due at the end of next month.

In an attempt to build sufficient funds, the company had aggressively cut costs, going from a burn rate of more than $1.2 million (K3.3 million) a month in the middle of last year to less than $250, 000 (K680, 000) as reported by MiningNews.com.


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Purum lays claim to Mt Kare mine


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Prospects for Mt Kare mine collapse


INDOCHINE Mining has appointed voluntary administrators after being unable to secure funding for its Mt Kare project in Papua New Guinea. 
The company had been in discussions over a strategic funding agreement for some time, but on Friday the remaining interested party withdrew its funding offer.

As a result, the board of Indochine appointed Martin Jones, Darren Weaver and Benjamin Johnson of Ferrier Hodgson as joint and several administrators.

“The company’s board is disappointed that despite its best efforts, a funding agreement for the Mt Kare project could not be concluded,” Indochine said.

“The directors will continue to work with the company’s administrators to help them achieve the best outcome for all of the company’s stakeholders.”

PCF Capital Group had been engaged over a deal on Mt Kare, while Indochine was also progressing plans to list on London’s AIM.
Indochine shares were suspended from trading on March 17 after the company failed to lodge its half-year accounts.

The company had cash of $A413,000 at the end of December and raised $500,000 in February.
However, it has a $3.75 million loan due at the end of next month.
Indochine had been aggressively cutting costs, going from a burn rate of more than $1.2 million a month in the middle of last year to less than $250,000.

The Mt Kare project, only 15km from Barrick Gold’s massive Porgera mine, has resources of 2.1 million ounces of gold and 18.4Moz silver.

A previous owner of Mt Kare also went into administration in 2008.
Indochine shares will remain suspended.


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Government blindly pursuing a failed model of development

Even the United Nations has warned more mining activity in PNG will NOT improve the lives of ordinary people – but Byron Chan and the O’Neill government don’t care. Instead they are rushing ahead with five new major mines. So who will take the profits? A small elite of politicians, lawyers and bureaucrats in PNG and the global mining companies – and unfortunately they are the ones who seem to be running the whole show…

More projects ahead

Gorethy Kenneth | Post Courier

PAPUA New Guinea expects to see about five mining development projects with a combined capital investment expected to exceed $US 10 billion or over K25 billion within the next decade.

The country’s 22-year old mining legislation and its policies will be revised so it can accommodate those projects, Mining Minister Byron Chan has announced.

Speaking in Sydney at the Mining and Petroleum Conference, Mr Chan also said the most significant initiative of the Government and the Mining Ministry is the development and implementation of several key mining policies and the subsequent revision of the current mining legislation.

He said PNG currently has 12 mining operations approved under special mining lease or mining lease tenements which have advanced to production or are at the development stages.

Within the next decade alone, we expect to witness the development of the following projects: Frieda copper, Wafi/Golpu copper, Yandera copper molybdenium, Mt Kare gold and a host of other alluvial mining projects

“These may include known mineral sands, nickel, coal and gold, silver and copper deposits. “I can report that progress is being made on the finalisation of the policy development, with the revisions of the mining act and regulations to follow.

“Working groups, comprising state and industry representatives, are now refining the policy settings and moving towards settlement of key issues and final drafting,” Mr Chan said.

“The sustainable mining policy is completed. “The geothermal policy, subject to the reservations already expressed, is also completed.

“It remains this Governments’ intention, to present the remaining policies for cabinet approval, and this legislation, to parliament mid next year.

“The Prime Minister has already given his assurance to industry and potential investors in the mining sector of PNG that policy settings will be progressive, based on best practice and allow compromise between competing interests,” he told the conference.

“They will build upon the template of the success of the current legislation, by providing the right mix of incentives and practicality to ensure a balanced regulatory regime to underpin the next generation of mineral investment in PNG,” he said.

“Finally, the most significant initiative of Government is the development and implementation of several key mining policies and subsequent revision of current mining legislation,” he said.

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