Written by Hatman Bintang
Theindonesiatoday.com – Sihayo Gold Limited believes that Mandailing Natal residents’ protest, which led to the burning and shootings, were provoked by a minority of group of individuals who are participating in illegal mining activities within the company’s contract of work.
“The most significant illegal mining is occuring some 7KM southeast of the main Sihayo resource. The company is working closely with local authorities to bring those responsible for these acts to justice,” Sihayo told ASX today.
As reported earlier, on Sunday, May 29, a group of local demonstrators, believed to be supported by the representatives of illegal artisanal miners from the region, arrived and disrupted exploration camp of PT Sorikmas Mining where Sihayo Gold owns 75% shares and Aneka Tambang 25%.
Despite local police presence, the demonstrators have caused significant damage to the company’s exploration camp.
“The company is also working to assess the damage and ensure that the disruption to our operation is minimized. Whilst these actions are deplorable, we will seek support within the local community for companies like Sihayo Gold who conduct sanctioned mining activities, which create sustainable economic opportunities for all our stakeholders, including those within the local community,”said Paul Willis, CEO of Sihayo Gold Ltd.
Despite the incident, Sihayo said that regional exploration across the COW continues with the primary focus being the ongoing drilling program at the Tambang Tinggi porphyry copper-gold prospect and the pre-drilling exploration work at the Hutabargot Julu epithermal gold prospect. ( firstname.lastname@example.org)