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Mining company employs eighty

Luke Rawalai
Monday, December 30, 2013

THE XINFA Bauxite Mining Company has employed about 80 people within the province of Bua since it began operations two years ago.

Company executive director Sang Lei said many of workers were involved in driving, carpentry works, security and management.

Mr Lei said majority of their workers were from villages in the Bua province and areas around Vanua Levu.

"Since we began operations we had promised to provide employment to the people and we are employing as much workers we can take in," he said.

"Work rates for our labourers are higher than other labour intensive employments.

"Labourers who hail from outside the province are given a free stay within the company's facilities and are given free meals every day."

Mr Lei said they paid out about $1.2million in labour costs to their workers last year.

"We believe that we are playing our part in contributing effectively to the growth of the economy in Nawailevu and the development of its people."

Company assistant executive director Dereck Qiu said the company was involved in community projects in the Nawailevu area.