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150K for former miners

Maciu Malo
Friday, November 16, 2012

THE Vatukoula Gold Mine has paid out about $150,000 as education assistance to miners made redundant in 2006.

And in its attempts to assist affected miners, the company and the government has appointed a project officer to oversee the relocation exercise and the benefits to all redundant miners.

Lands permanent secretary Tevita Boseiwaqa said about 700 families were registered with the Vatukoula Trust and would be assisted accordingly.

"The education assistance scheme is part of the assistance package given to the affected miners," he said.

"All beneficiaries have been finalised and we are working out ways to assist all applicants.

"We wanted sustainability as far as this exercise is concerned."

Mr Boseiwaqa said the exercise would be carried out in a transparent manner where all beneficiaries would be assisted fairly.

"The objective is to make sure that the assistance allows the affected families to live comfortably at a place of their choice where they want to move on to and have a future with their family.

"We are hoping that this exercise will be a breakthrough for government and for the company to be able to fully resolve the issue," he added.





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