Nasomo villagers to receive gold and silver payouts

Nasomo villagers with Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Ashneel Sudhakar after the Mineral royalties distribution at Vatukoula in Tavua. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

THE Nasomo Landowners Trust will receive gold and silver royalty payouts as long as the Vatukoula Gold Mines remains in operation, says Lands and Mineral Resources Minister Ashneel Sudhakar.

While addressing the landowners yesterday, he said he was confident that this would continue in years to come.

“The Vatukoula Gold Mines management need your support in securing the future of mining in Vatukoula,” he said.

“Vatukoula Gold Mines, as holders of the Vatukoula mining infrastructure, improves underground working conditions, ensures cost-effective power generation and also improves gold recovery in its milling process.”

He said the company was slated to improve its operations and the support of the landowners was needed to ensure its success.

“The mine has plans to ramp up production and any increase in gold production will result in increased earnings for the mining company as well as the State, which will result in increased share of mineral royalties to the Nasomo Landowners Trust.

“Hence your support plays a vital role in ensuring the continuity or longevity of mining in Vatukoula.”

Nasomo Village headman Viliame Rokoraiba said their relationship with the company had a long history.

“Our elders owned 1062 acres of the freehold land and some of it was bought by the company in the early 1930s,” he said.

“Today, their Philips Shaft sits on our land we have seen the benefits that it brought to our village.

“We are grateful that the company is willing to pay for the royalties and we are prepared to maintain our relationship.”

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