02 Dec Martabe Gold Mine Supports the Journalist Competency Test For the First Time in South Tapanuli
Batangtoru, 2 December 2016 – Martabe Gold Mine supports the execution of Journalist Competency Test held by the Indonesian Journalist Association of North Sumatra, 1-2 December 2016. The opening of the Journalist Competency Test was held at Mega Permata Hotel, Padangsidimpuan, and was closed by a visit to Martabe Gold Mine, Batangtoru, South Tapanuli.
This first Journalist Competency Test in the southern part of Tapanuli region was attended by 31 young participants from various areas in North Sumatra, such as Palas, Mandailing Natal, Padangsidimpuan, Binjai, Labuhan Batu, Labuhan Batu Utara (Labura), Sibolga, and Simalungun – Siantar.
The Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Central Indonesian Journalist Association Wina Armada Sukardi said that the Journalist Competency Test was a distinguished education program arranged by the Indonesian Journalist Association to ensure journalistic quality of the journalists all over Indonesia. Since year 2011, PWI has held 213 journalist competency tests and produced 6,400 competent journalists.
“There are approximately 10 thousand members of Indonesian Journalist Association who need to be accommodated in journalist competency tests,” Wina added. The support from private sector companies to support the Journalist Competency Test in a district /nearby city where journalists exist, like has been done by PT Agincourt Resources was really appreciated. “For this, we keep giving encouragement,” said Wina.
The President Director of Martabe Gold Mine, Tim Duffy said that the support from the company for this program was a way to realize the company’s commitment to keep growing together with the stakeholders. “We are consistently building a constructive dialogue and sharing information,” said Tim.
“Our support in arranging a Journalist Competency Test is an important step to improve develop a more effective and transparent standard of journalistic role in a democratic society,” said Tim.
Meanwhile, the Corporate Communication Senior Manager, Katarina Hardono said that this support was the company’s commitment to improve a balanced understanding towards mining industry.
“Martabe Gold Mine has held four annual media workshops, involving participation from more than 60 media workers from 30 media agencies in South Tapanuli, Central Tapanuli, North Tapanuli, Madina, and Medan regions in the last five years,” said Katarina. Martabe Gold Mine has also facilitated a comparative study for several journalists to see other mining locations.
Martabe Gold Mine Overview
Martabe Gold Mine is located to the west side of Sumatra Island, in Batang Toru Sub-district, North Sumatra Province, with an area of 1,639 km2, under the sixth generation of Contract of Work (“CoW”) which was signed in April 1997. PT Agincourt Resources manages Martabe Gold Mine that has a resource of 7.4 million ounces of gold and 69 million ounces of silver and began its full production in early 2013, with an annual capacity of 250,000 ounces of gold and 2-3 million ounces of silver.
More than two thousand people are currently working at Martabe Gold Mine, 70% of them are recruited from fifteen villages around the mine and other nearby areas.