Cement roads in Lae near completion

Regarded as Papua New Guinea’s second capital and industrial hub, Lae city has now being transformed from what most call as ” pot hole city” to ” cement road city”.

This idea of cementing roads in the city was initiated by the Morobe Provincial Government to ensure its spending is done once and for all instead of spending millions of kina each year to maintain the bitumen roads.

Five road contractors secured their contracts upon their application before the provincial supply and tenders board to work on road sections within the city.

Road contractor Shorncliffe working a road section at Lae Top Town. Pic by Samuel Toposona

Lae is renowned for its vast road links up to the Highlands, Momase and New Guinea Islands regions to conduct business activities with mining activities and exploration booming so far. Read more of this post


Businesses in Lae affected from recent uprising

Retail specials courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

Recent ethnic uprising in Lae had severly affected businesses in Papua New Guinea’s second capital last month.

Petty crimes had caused anger amongst locals resulting in some deaths and business houses forced to close up in fear of their property being looted by opportunists.

Police were deployed from Port Moresby and Southern Highlands to beef up police numbers to contain the situation. Read more of this post

Telikom PNG marks 56 years of service

Telikom workers formation of Lae at Sir Ignatius Stadium. Pic by Samuel Toposona

Telikom PNG had recently marked 56 years of service in the country as regional offices including Lae celebrated in colour and style.

Lae which is based in the Momase region also joined other regions to mark the PNG nationally owned telecommunications company which had been operating solely before Digicel an Irish communication broke the monopoly in the country.

I was also fortunate to be part of the celebrations as my current employer Fm 100 is trading as Kalang Advertising Limited also was part of the historical event.

Two of Telikom's oldest serving employees cutting the anniversary while Xavier Victor head commercials looks on. Pic by Samuel Toposona















ANZ branch in Lae lies in ashes

The newly renovated ANZ branch in Lae went down in flames after marking over 100 years anniversary this year and a further K4-million renovation earlier this year.

Right side of ANZ Lae branch starts to burnt as by-standers look on. Pic by Rueben MeteFire fighters in Lae attempting to put out the flames that guttered ANZ branch top town. Pic by Samuel Toposona

Faulty wire cables are believed to be the main cause of the fire which saw the fourth floor guttered down. Local residents and workers rushing to get to work witnessed the ANZ burning down before them.

Fire fighters could not save most properties and did their best to hose down the flames. The fire started around 5 in the morning and continued until 8 am.

Police and the fire services are investigating what may have caused the fire while to date I have been following up to find out but all attempts have not been positive.

Fire fighters in Lae attempting to put out the flames that guttered ANZ branch top town. Pic by Samuel Toposona

However, a newly built ANZ branch had been completed in one other part of Lae City but offices which rented in the burnt down branch lost extensive number of properties.

This picture was taken by a young man when he was passing by using his mobile. Amazing what mobiles can do this days.

Nadzab market an ideal business for local farmers

Mothers selling fresh produce at NADZAB market. Pic by Samuel Toposona

Situated about forty-five minutes from Lae, the second capital city of Papua New Guinea is a fresh food market called the Nadzab market.

This local market provides a good business and revenue for the local villagers around this area to earn what is enough to sustain their daily needs. Read more of this post

Digicel PNG assists National Junior Hockey championships

With an aim to support the development of Junior Hockey in Papua New Guinea, one the the major mobile phone companies in PNG Digicel PNG offered a K10-thousand sponsorship in July this year.

Papua New Guinea became the first country in the Pacific to host the Under 18 Junior Hockey Championships in the country’s second capital, Lae while other hockey-playing centres in the country also took part.

Participating teams lining up to collect medals and merchandise from major sponsor Digicel PNG. Pic by Samuel Toposona

This now puts PNG ahead of other countries in the region and in a better position to select a team to take part in the Youth Olympics in 2015. Read more of this post

Fish farmers undergo management training

Individual committment and determination are important aspects in order for rural communities to progress and help create

Fish farmers after management training in Sambio village, Bulolo District in Morobe Province. Pic by MMJV Media Unit


Forty-one fish farmers in a rural village of Sambio of Bulolo District in Papua New Guinea were proud recepients of a two-week training in Small Business Development Corporation funded by the Morobe Mining Joint Venture through its Hidden Valley Mine. Read more of this post