Monday, March 31, 2008

What Price Platinum 2

As a follow up of this earlier Socialist Banner report , we now read , Alleged human rights abuses by Anglo Platinum , the worlds leading producer of platinum, could spark investigations through-out South Africa’s mining industry. The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said it would probe accusations by international rights watchdog, ActionAid, of forced resettlement and contamination of water supplies in communities surrounding AP’s Limpopo province mines in the north of the country.

"Some of the poorest people on earth are paying a heavy price for the global platinum boom," according to Zanele Twala, ActionAid’s country director in South Africa. "Communities, especially women, have lost their main means of survival – access to land and water. We believe this constitutes a violation of their basic human rights."


Benjamin said...

What a shame you cannot post pictures here. If one goes to the Anglo Platinum website one can view not only a complete rebuttal of all the accusations levelled by ActionAid at a company which is a world leader in its treatment of communities adjacent to its mines, and pictures of before and after houses ie before are shacks pretty much and after are brand new brick under tile homes with all mod cons.
Pretty much what all good socialists would want actually -- myself included. Africa is Africa and all is not what it seems, especially from the viewpoint of a charity 6000 miles away depen dent for its income of 100 million Euros a year in donations from people who need their heart strings tugged so that they open their purse strings

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