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Miner helps out schools with computers

Serafina Silaitoga
Thursday, January 31, 2013

BAUXITE mining company Aurum Exploration Fiji Ltd gave sets of computers to five secondary schools in Bua on Vanua Levu last week.

Company general manager Sang Lei said the assistance also included printers, scanners and fax machines worth $20,000.

"The donations of school equipment have been part of the social obligation of the company," Mr Lei said.

"This has also been a requirement by government and the Bauxite mine company to assist and upgrade the local people and to assist in developing the local community so this donation is an ongoing part of the social assistance," he said.

"With the beginning of the 2013 school year and with most schools in Bua recovering from the cyclone, such help is needed by the affected schools," he added.

The schools assisted included Lekutu Secondary School, Bua Central College, Naikavaki Secondary School, Immaculate Conception College in Solevu and Ratu Luke Secondary School in Wainunu.

Mr Lei said the company and its workers were part of Bua.

"We operate in this province and we affect the people and they affect us daily, so we need to influence them where it is needed most and that is lifting the standard of education of the children of Bua," he said.

Assistant roko tui Bua Jale Sigarara praised the company for their contribution to the schools.

"The Bua Provincial Council has always advocated for the education of the children in the Bua Province," Mr Sigarara said.

"What the bauxite mining company has done now is unprecedented in our province and they have shown that they have a social conscience and that they support the lifting of the standards of living of the Bua people," said Mr Sigarara.





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