Community & Regional Development
The Hidden Valley Joint Venture (HVJV), owner and operator of the Hidden Valley gold mine, is a responsible corporate citizen committed to ensuring that the project stakeholders and host communities benefit from the development of the mine.
HVJV is one of three separate 50:50 joint ventures between subsidiaries of Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited and Newcrest Mining Limited. The three joint ventures, collectively referred to as the Morobe Mining Joint Ventures (MMJVs), were formed for the purposes of exploring, developing and operating mines in the Morobe Province in Papua New Guinea.
Comprehensive Community & Regional Development plan initiated.
- More than K18 million spent on various community programs in 2010 to date.
- Community programs cover areas of Health; Education; Agriculture and Infrastructure.
- Development of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) with host communities include government departments, Business Organisations and Non - Government Organisations (NGO’s) Lutheran Development Services (LDS); Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA); Bris Kanda Incorporated; Mainland Holdings Limited; National and Provincial Departments of Health, Education and Works; National Agricultural Research Institute; Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) and Morobe Fisheries Management Authority (MFMA) and Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC), Cocoa and Coconut Research Institute (CCRI)
Community & Regional Development Plan
Hidden Valley Mine has initiated a 5 year Community & Regional Development Plan that is built on the four main pillars of Education, Health, Agriculture and Infrastructure programs. The Hidden Valley community programs are the result of extensive community consultation with various stakeholders, including the different levels of government taking into account the 5 year development plans of Morobe Provincial Government, LLG and district wards.
Following these meetings a number of Private Public Partnership agreements (MOAs) involving HVJV, the different levels of government, business houses and NGO groups such as Lutheran Development Services, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, Bris Kanda, Morobe Fisheries Management Authority, NARI, National and Provincial departments of Works, Health and Education, Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) and Mainland Holdings Ltd, Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) and Cocoa and Coconut Research Institute (CCRI) were developed to help facilitate the delivery of the programs and projects for the affected communities.
This ensures stakeholder participation, commitment and alignment with the 5 year development plans for the different levels of government to make the programs sustainable. Starting 2010, the newly opened mining project has spent in excess of K18 million on sustainable projects aimed at improving the lives of its neighbours.
Through a number of agreements and understandings the Hidden Valley mine education programs currently covers the following areas;
- Subsidising school fees for Mine landowner village children in Winima, Kwembu and Nauti;
- Subsidising school fees for children of the Watut River Communities in upper primary (grades 6- 8) through to high and senior high schools (grades 9-12);
- Purchasing of teaching aid and materials for various selected schools;
- Sponsoring training of elementary teachers to help build capacity; and
- Building of school classrooms and teachers houses.
HVJV is working closely with the National and Provincial health departments to assist its host communities in the health sector. Already 4 Aid posts have been completed, 3 at the landowner villages of Nauti, Winima and Kuembu in the Wau and Upper Watut and 1 at Babuaf in the Lower Watut areas of Bulolo district.
In the middle Watut area of Baiyune, major renovations and improvements will take place for the Baiyune Health Centre while the people of lower Watut flats area will also benefit from a newly opened clinic at Babuaf Village.
The clinic in the Wafi area, already serves over 20 people on a daily basis.
Village health patrols for malaria treatment and immunisation are conducted in partnership with government health teams for remote areas in the middle Watut around the Wafi Project area. Health and Sanitation awareness are also an important part of the water supply projects that are being constructed under the plan so that communities are empowered by having health and hygiene knowledge to avoid simple diseases.
Under the infrastructure program, over K7.5 million for emergency repairs, maintenance and upgrade of the Lae – Bulolo highway has been spent, with an additional K400, 000 provided to develop the Wandumi access road linking Wau and Bulolo, as a restricted alternative route.
Health and Education Infrastructure Projects
The company’s contribution towards capacity building doesn’t stop there. A substantively funded and ongoing education program for Hidden Valley and Wafi children has been expanded to cover most Watut communities.
This has seen more than K1.7 million spent on education subsidies, providing better access to educational opportunity. The program also funds education infrastructure, teaching aids and teacher training.
An aid post, school classroom and community hall in the three landowner villages of Nauti, Winima and Kwembu have been completed, at a cost of approximately K1.5 million.
The construction and fitting out the Babuaf clinic in the Lower Watut area at a cost of K191, 000 that was recently opened. And construction of six school buildings (double highset classrooms) and three teacher’s houses at locations in Wau, Baiyune, Bulolo and at selected locations along the Watut River and the highway is set to commence in alignment with the Provincial Department of Education planned priorities for school infrastructure.
Over 40 villages spanning the Upper and Mid to Lower Watut areas will benefit from clean, reliable fresh water supplies and health and sanitation awareness training.
- Over K7.5 million spent on emergency repairs, maintenance and upgrade of the Lae - Bulolo Highway keeping this vital link open.
- A K26 million power transmission line project will enable rural electrification opportunities for communities.
For many communities who have faced a long daily walk to access fresh water supplies, almost K2.1 million has been spent on providing clean, reliable village water installations. The arrival of the water supply pipe and the village tap has been accompanied by sessions of health and sanitation awareness.
This program is well underway and on completion will improve life and community health in up to forty villages throughout the Watut River region. The people of Golden Pine, Winima, Manki 1, Manki 2, Kwembu 1, Kwembu 2 and Society in the upper Watut and 14 villages in the Lower Watut region are already enjoying the benefits of clean fresh water piped to their doorsteps, while progress on awareness, feasibility, soliciting village commitment to ensure ownership, and the ordering and delivery of materials are being progressed for remaining villages.
The remaining program covers Kuembu 3, Nauti, Latep and Leklu in Upper Watut, and Vidipos, Baiyune, Samsam, Sambio, Galawo, Taiak, Gawapu, Bangalum, Biamena, Dambi, Kapin, Nayakes and Piu in Middle Watut.
Along with clean water goes improved nutrition, and also addressed are agriculture and fish farming. Training is aimed at complementing the skills of people who rely on their land. More than K100,000 has been allocated for coffee and vanilla training and extension services, with a further K100, 000 for cocoa farming in the Lower Watut region and K110,000 for fish farmer training and fish pond developments. Already 3 fish farmer and 2 Start Your Business training has been conducted for the farmers in the Lower and Middle Watut regions and construction of 3 model ponds and a breeder pond along with stocking has been completed in the Lower Watut villages of Mafanazo, Magaring and Malarina. Fish are adding a new source of nutrition and family income.
Small Scale Alluvial Miner Training
In an area where alluvial mining follows the rich history of gold production from the sands of the rivers of Wau and Bulolo, more than K17, 000 has been spent to send selected landowners and community representatives to the Wau small scale school of alluvial mining. This practical program was initiated by the Mineral Resources Authority and the European Union with the sponsorship commitment of Hidden Valley, to improve techniques and yields for small scale miners.