EAST ELANG EXPLORATION ACTIVITIES
Southern Arc initiated preliminary exploration, geological and mineral work activities on the East Elang property in June 2006. This included carrying out an evaluation study of the property including a lithostructural interpretation and an extensive review of all data acquired through previous exploration, including data provided to Southern Arc by Newmont. Southern Arc and Vale International also completed some reconnaissance exploration on the property in late 2015.
The regent of Sumbawa issued an IUP for East Elang to Southern Arc on December 17, 2009, but the company requires forestry reclassification and a Pinjam Pakai (forestry "borrow-to-use" permit) before full-scale exploration activities can begin.
As at all of its properties, Southern Arc begins community engagement as soon as activities commence. The socialization program to date has consisted of meetings with local government officials, village heads and elders, NGOs, religious leaders, and others as part of the preliminary general survey program of the East Elang property. Southern Arc's engagement activities are part of an ongoing educational and co-involvement program, whereby the company is in discussions with local government officials, village heads and elders, NGOs, religious leaders, and others in explaining the activities of the company, the difference between exploration and exploitation (a common mistake), permitting, etc. At each of the meetings company personnel supported by a representative of the provincial Mines Department spent two to three hours talking to 40 to 50 interested parties. Questions asked by the local people often include: