14 Aug 2007

District welcomes re-opening of Fiji's gold mine at Vatukoula

10:24 am on 14 August 2007

The re-opening of Fiji's gold mine at Vatukoula is being welcomed by those in the district who have been unemployed since December when 1700 workers were laid off.

The mayor of the nearby town of Tavua, Chandra Singh, says he understands that 200 people will be taken on straight away to get cleaning up done at the mine and the mill.

He says he's hopeful that up to 700 miners will be employed by the end of the year.

Mr Singh says the district has been through a rough time.

"Our town is a mining town and after the closure of the mine in December, the town has seen a decline in its activities, lots of business houses have closed and more going in the same direction. So, this news of the mine re-opening is a relief to lots of people in Tavu, Vatukoula and also the business houses."

Chandra Singh.