Council to reinforce seven metres bylaw

Business and property owners within the city are expected to live up to the re-introduced seven metres bylaw to be re-enforced by the Honiara City Council soon. This bylaw will require property owners and business occupants to take responsibility in cleaning up and looking after up to seven metres of their surroundings. This has been…

KGA rolls out activities

KASTOM Gaden Association (KGA) is rolling out its activities into the country. The association has spent almost the whole of the last year working with the disaster affected communities on relief efforts. KGA manager Clement Hadosaia said after the flooding the country experienced last year, we need to be serious about food security. “KGA will…

Marovo beach gets world attention

THE Marovo Lagoon in Western Province is host to one of the great beaches in the Pacific islands and the finest in the world. This is according to a report by stuff.co.nz website, which was published last month on the website before Christmas day. According to the author, Marovo lagoon is amongst his hit list…

Cocoa farmers want gov’t support

COCOA farmers in Ranongha calls on the national government to provide advisory and other forms of support to help them improve their farms. The South Ranongha farmers said many villagers are engaging in cocoa farming but without any assistance from anyone. “Villagers are very interested and have taken the initiative to move into cocoa farming.…

Landmark Plaza in action

THE newly built Town Ground Plaza is now housing a good number of businesses since its reopening. The three-deck building was divided into categories for different business types. Admin personal Assistant of China United Summer Zao said the ground floor is for shops and all spaces had been occupied. “The eastern part of the second…

OPMC defends revocation of Bingtang’s license

The Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has described the statement by the Office of the Leader of Opposition questioning the Democratic Coalition for Change Government’s revocation of Bingtang Borneo’s mining lease for Rennell-Bellona Province as naïve. A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet said it is important for the…

Landowners unhappy with SSPM appointment

GOLD Ridge Landowners have expressed displeasure with the appointment of Rence Sore to the post of Special Secretary to the Prime Minister (SSPM).  Mr. Sore was the PS of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification who was removed by the past NCRA government over the $18m royalty scandal around 2011/2012. It was alleged that as PS…

Bmobile promises better service this year

Bmobile Vodafone has installed its new satellite dish that will bring in the upgraded 3G services this year from a new satellite provider to allow for cheaper data costs for customers. This was commissioned in 2014, piping 3G services and 2G services throughout its entire network. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nail Downey said from 1st…

Gov’t rejects Bingtang bid

APID gets the nod AN Indonesian mining firm eyeing the rich bauxite deposits on Rennell has had its prospecting licence cancelled. Minister for Mines Samson Maneka informed PT Mega Bingtang Borneo Ltd of the decision in a letter dated 23 December 2014. At the same time, the Ministry of Mines has granted Asia Pacific Investment…

New Nadi Honiara service

Air Niugini launches flight AIR Niugini has started operating a direct return service between Honiara and Nadi. The service began on Christmas Eve, using its Boeing 737 aircraft. Fiji-based Discount Flight Centre, general sales agents (GSA) for Air Niugini, managing director Sashi Singh said the service is in line with the current Air Service Agreement…