SAC has met with local communities
The General Manager & Community Liaison Manager have been moving around and have met with 23 of the 52 villages so far in the concession area where Socfin operates. The General Manager, Philip Tonks is speaking to the people about the importance of bringing peace to Malen, about their land, lease agreements, lease payments and changes Socfin is proposing to improve the transparency and that Socfin is lobbying to Government for a bigger share of the lease rents Socfin pays to go to the land owners. It is currently legislated that only 50% goes to the landowners and Socfin wants more money to go to the landowners. The General Manager promised that once the verification of land owners has been made by a nominated team set up by the Technical team, Socfin is ready to open bank accounts for all land owners to ensure the money goes directly into their accounts. The GM also promised that each landowners will receive a bag of rice every 3 months, Month 1 distribution to Zone A, month 2 distribution to Zone B, month 3 distribution to Zone C and then start back again back to Zone A. The GM also spoke about the visit of the Technical team set up by the Vice President to look into the affairs in Malen, welcoming this intervention. The people of Malen have welcomed the visits by the General and Community Liaison Managers as unique in speaking about the land and issues related around it. People are now ready for peace and everyone expressed their support for Socfin operating in Malen.