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Local miner gets alluvial licence

A landowner from Watut in the Bulolo district has received his alluvial mining licence (AML) from the Mineral Resource Authority, Wau office.

Licence recipient James Sakarus from Ekopa village applied for the AML 931 through the MRA office in Wau with the mindset to develop his community.

Mr Sakarus said health, education, church and proper road access were their struggles for years so the AML will look at developing those areas in the community and giving benefits back to his people.

The AML 931 is active now that covers five hectares of land, however the lease holder will find developers to work with.

“I am thinking of hiring machineries but otherwise I am yet to engage a developer. If there is any developer out there interested to work with me we can negotiate,” Mr Sakarus said.

Lloyd Singura resource geologist from the MRA office in Wau said the AML is given under the law which the applicant has met all the requirements of mining act 92.

“Sakarus is the first in the area according to tenement registry of MRA. Its granted and active licence now, he will just have to look for developers,” Mr Sakarus said.

He said the local landowners need more business activities in the community to develop

their own resources.

“The expatriates came and stole our gold and left, now MRA aims to give licence to local landowners. I encourage more locals to apply for AML license to develop own community,” he said.

He said MRA will work closely with the lease holder to help his operation.