The National aka The Loggers Times | May 18, 2017
A LANDOWNER company in Enga has been granted seven alluvial mining licence leases by the Mineral Resources Authority.
It allows the Koekam PM Holdings Ltd in the Kompiam-Ambum district to engage exploration companies on their tribal land.
Company chairman Peter Malix, while thanking the MRA for granting the licence, said it had taken a long time and resources to finally receive the mining licence.
He thanked Mining Minister Byron Chan, the Mineral Resources Authority and those who had done a lot so that the landowner company “can have a say in the development of resources in our own land”.
The licence will allow investment in development of the mineral-rich Koekam area where alluvial mining activities are on a small scale.
“Now we have the five-year mining leases,” Malix said.
“I appeal to people from the five council wards to work together so that we can get maximum benefit from the mining development,”
The impact areas will cover Poreyalin, Aiyal, Malipin, Liu-Tip and the Kukin-Kalimb tribe from the Kompiam Local Level Government.
Alonge Alupi from Koekam said he was happy that they would now look for investors to develop the alluvial mining.
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Mark Haihuie | The National aka The Loggers Times | April 20, 2017
ILLEGAL mining in Porgera, Enga, is the result of a lack of opportunities for locals to participate in small to medium enterprises, according to Porgera Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
President Nickson Pakea was responding to questions from The National on locals taking part in illegal mining activities.
He said the ineffective government presence in the district in creating business opportunities, had created a dependency on the Porgera joint venture for basic services and business opportunities.
“According to the business perspective, the mine area is the land in which the seven clans gave to the developer. It’s the property of the company,” he said.
“If someone enters into this prohibited area then it is criminal.
“The cash flow in the district is mainly from the Porgera mine.
“The Government institutions within the district responsible for the growth of small to medium enterprises and the avenues is all moving backwards.
“The Porgera Development Authority was misused and was closed for more than three years.
“Paiam Hospital closed as well.
“Porgera Health Centre closed with no reflection of government services except the Barrick Porgera joint venture that people of Porgera rely on. The service delivery there is minimal. The non-government organisation groups need to represent the bulk of population on such corruption affecting many lives.”
Post Courier | February 14, 2017
A SMALL to medium enterprise (SME) in Bulolo, Morobe Province is having a positive impact on youths in this area.
TRocks Construction Ltd owned by Berldon Timah is a four-month old small scale alluvial mining company. Mr Timah said to date the company has created jobs for 48 workers who have been rostered on two shifts. He said business has been good but more could be achieved particularly for the youths in these rural areas through government intervention.
Apart from this venture, Mr Timah has established a small foundation in the area which provides help for the local schools, not just in this area but to neighboring Eastern Highlands Province as well. Timah says of the revenue generated from his projects 10 per cent goes towards the foundation’s activities.
Meanwhile, the foundation, with support from Mr Timah’s company has provided help by assisting disadvantaged communities with road projects and other basic services.
The foundation has also funded school infrastructure and supplies in the Eastern Highlands and Morobe Provinces.
Mr Timah said all his work was not to gain glory but to help give back to the community.
PNG Loop | October 2, 20016
Alluvial mining in the Autonomous region of Bougainville is now at its real peak with people taking it as a compulsory exercise and millions worth of gold being taken out.
A lot of con activities are also happening in and around Bougainville spoiling the good name of honest alluvial miners.
In a recent incident, a highlander was conned into buying iron oxide instead of gold and a hundred thousand of his money gone wasted.
When he went into testing in Moresby, it was confirmed that what he bought wasn’t gold at all.
An alluvial gold miner who wishes to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the issue said a lot of these type of people are spoiling the good name of honest dealers and miners.
“We will surely loose business and buyers will fear buying gold from us because they will think we will trick them like what some people are doing right now,” he said.