Fiji Time: 3:23 AM on Friday 30 January

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Mining to sawmill

Serafina Silaitoga
Monday, February 25, 2013

BAUXITE mining company — Aurum Exploration (Fiji) Ltd — has ventured into sawmill business using a budget of about $5million.

Mine manager Basilio Vanuaca said the company purchased the sawmill at Savusavu last year and operations had so far been successful. He said they had employed about 100 people at the mill.

He said the idea of expanding business was to help employ more people on Vanua Levu as part of their give back to the community program.

"We concentrate on producing ply woods for the market overseas and we also work with locals through the purchase of logs and all these income goes back to the community and the local economy," Mr Vanuaca said. "The main drive behind expanding our business and for example, venturing into the timber industry is simply because we want to give back to the local economy which will benefit many.

"We have increased employment in the mill when we took over which simply means helping families of our workers and other people who depend on the mill for their income."

Mr Vanuaca reiterated the heartbeat of the company was to give back to the community to improve living standards.

"We have ongoing community work not only in Bua but in Savusavu as well and we have also sponsored jerseys for rugby teams," he said.

"These are some ways we help fund the community's needs which, in some cases, maybe too costly."





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Who let our boy go swimming
  2. Fake tabua inquiry
  3. Woman found
  4. 14 years for rapist
  5. Senior executive found dead, police treat case as murder
  6. 7s team change
  7. Drysdale honours appointment
  8. Fiji FA mourns loss of U17 rep
  9. $50.5m tax debt
  10. Entities fail to pay State dividends

Top Stories this Week

  1. Opposition challenges PM to walk the talk Friday (23 Jan)
  2. PM's apology to Fiji Saturday (24 Jan)
  3. Who let our boy go swimming Thursday (29 Jan)
  4. Old market to turn into live fish shop Tuesday (27 Jan)
  5. FRCA terminates officers Tuesday (27 Jan)
  6. Things you didn't know about Kuridrani Monday (26 Jan)
  7. Fake tabua inquiry Thursday (29 Jan)
  8. Tragic end to tour Wednesday (28 Jan)
  9. Man charged for assaulting daughter Monday (26 Jan)
  10. New-look bus station plans Tuesday (27 Jan)