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Ding Jing Registers As A Mining Company

Real estate registered company Ding Jin was instructed to register as a mining company. It now operates as Ding Jing Mining Pte Limited. This was confirmed by Ministry of Mineral
11 Mar 2021 10:00
Ding Jing Registers As A Mining Company
Ding Jing Mining Pte Limited. Photo: Susana Hirst-Tuilau.

Real estate registered company Ding Jin was instructed to register as a mining company.

It now operates as Ding Jing Mining Pte Limited.

This was confirmed by Ministry of Mineral Resources spokesperson Noa Tuiloma during a public consultation held by the ministry in Rakiraki Village.

Mr Tuiloma was responding to a question raised as to how a real estate registered company like Ding Jin can apply for a mining licence.

During the consultation, the ministry revealed that others have no mining or mining licence granted to the boundaries with the Ra Province.

There have only been five or fewer licences granted for prospecting since 1935.

Ministry of Mineral Resources director Raymond Mohammed said this was an advantage to those hoping to follow up on these prospecting reports as it would narrow the search.

More than 40 villagers showed up to listen and voice their opinions as there was a lot of misconception that needed clarifying.

Majority of the landowners agreed that since Rakiraki lost Penang Sugar Mill they have very much needed another source of investment and this development would revive their economy.

Meanwhile, the villagers were adamant and said they welcomed the development, but they would prefer a local company as they had reservations of some of the countries that had applied for a prospecting licence in Rakiraki.

The area said to be prospective would be from Navolau to Rakiraki. Ding Jing is the only company that applied  for a prospecting licence.

Ministry for Mineral Resources Director Raymond Mohammed (right) explaining to a village representative during the pubic consultation in Rakiraki Village on March 10, 2021. Photo: Susana Hirst-Tuilau

Ministry for Mineral Resources Director Raymond Mohammed (right) explaining to a village representative during the
pubic consultation in Rakiraki Village on March 10, 2021. Photo: Susana Hirst-Tuilau

“Ding Jing has only applied for prospecting which would involve geological mapping, soil sampling and surveys. Most of this is done above ground, if granted the licence.”

“If they then wish to go further, they have to apply for an exploration licence.”

“This then goes a bit deeper, but landowners need to understand nothing will be done without their permission. Environmental impact assessments and rehabilitation costs will have to be considered with their budget.”

“If all goes well, they then have to apply for a mining licence. Right now, we are still at the very early stage of reviewing their application and considering the opinions of the landowners before we finalise our decision.” Mr Mohammed said that they found the consultation to be worth their while and were impressed with the turnout.

He hoped they were able to clarify and eliminate any misconception especially from the grassroot level.

“We will now take back what we have heard today from the landowners of Ra and take their thoughts and feedback into much consideration.”

The director confirmed that they received two letters of objection from the villagers of Ra.

“We have heard their views and reservations, but we cannot make a decision on biases as we do not discriminate when reviewing applications.”

This was the first public consultation, and the ministry will be throughout the country to enlighten more landowners on the works and processes done by the Ministry of Mineral Resources.

 

Feedback: susana.tuilau@fijisun.com.fj



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