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Lonmin nominated for worst company

By Sapa  | Jan 04, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 24 ]

Lonmin has been nominated as one of the world’s worst companies of 2012, environmental organisation groundWork said.

“This submission was based on the human rights violations and environmental destruction that the corporation has carried out since the establishment of its mine in the Marikana region...” said Bobby Peek, director at groundWork.

Lonmin’s name was submitted by groundWork and The Bench Marks Foundation for the Public Eye Awards.

The awards are a regular feature on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum meeting and are conducted by civic organisations from across the globe.

This year the WEF meeting will take place in Davos, Switzerland from January 23 to 27.

Other companies which have been short-listed for the Public Eye Awards include G4S, Repower, Alstom, Shell, Coal India and Goldman Sachs.  On August 16 last year 34 people died when police opened fire on striking miners in Marikana, North West.

Another 10 people had been killed the week before and 78 miners were injured during the strike, which lasted six weeks.

The miners were demanding salary increases from the world’s third largest producer of platinum.

“Mines such as Lonmin need to stop obsessing with cutting costs, which is usually at the expense of the environment, labour and communities.

“They continue to find ways to shift their social responsibilities. Often this turns into protests such as those we experienced in Marikana,” said John Capel, director of The Bench Marks Foundation.

Lonmin spokesman Barnard Mokwena said the company was not aware of the Public Eye Awards nomination.

“We do not know the criteria used during the nomination and we were not consulted. As a company we cannot comment on the nomination,” he said.

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BUffalo soldier should got recieve the award.

Jan 04, 2013 11:16 | 0 replies

MorenaWaPolelo--Shell is an investor and the rebels are subotaging their operations by blowing pipes and destroying the oil reticulation, two weeks ago shell indicated that their efforts to remedy the situation are hamperd by the rebels...So its the rebels not Shell dear!!
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It would be better if you knew what you are on about. Shell IS polluting the Niger Delta and has been doing that for a long time. In their last report (2011) they agreed there were no terrorists attacks (2010-2011) on their installations but failed to meet the cleaning standards set out by the EU (EIA) Committee. Because. like BP, they can afford to just pay fines instead of improving their records, I'm afraid that is always the case with international conglomerates, fines are not stiff enough

Jan 04, 2013 1:47 | 0 replies

MommaC and skwamasamabele

Shell and Agip have been polluting Niger and Onelga for nearly a century I agree but all Im saying Shell is making an effort to correct this unfortunatly the rebel activity is making it hard so at this stage you can not blame Shell dear. As for poverty I know the state of poverty in the Delta state and i would not advise any one to travel to that region because of Civil Unrest activities, the poverty is similar to that in Sudan. We do business in Onelga state the problems there are not as bad.

Jan 04, 2013 1:56 | 0 replies

Cheng Ku Tong Su

Jan 04, 2013 2:2 | 0 replies

MorenaWaPolelo

So you have seen the Delta? Do you really think they are even attempting to clean that monumental mess up? Don't forget that the rebels have only been militant for about 5 years now (excessively so for about 3) and the devastation is what produced the rebels in the first place. A hungry man is an angry man and there ain't a quicker way to make a man hungry than to take his entire livelihood away from him.

Jan 04, 2013 2:25 | 0 replies

the shooting of Lonmin workers was due to Police' lack of training not the overall mine management, those who rated Lonmin the worst company dont know Mount Carmel Farms in Bapsforntein!

Jan 04, 2013 4:6 | 0 replies

MommaC
MorenaWaPolelo

So you have seen the Delta? Do you really think they are even attempting to clean that monumental mess up? Don't forget that the rebels have only been militant for about 5 years now (excessively so for about 3) and the devastation is what produced the rebels in the first place. A hungry man is an angry man and there ain't a quicker way to make a man hungry than to take his entire livelihood away from him.
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The rebel activity has been present since the days of Abacha and Babangida they went silent during Obasanjo because he could deal with them, but now they are tired of the oil consessions benefits not reaching them. The mess shell has created will require a Billion Dollar price tag to clean up but is difficult when the area is full of sabotors and it is not safe!!

Jan 04, 2013 5:37 | 0 replies

@CHINA MAN

wong tin sum

Jan 05, 2013 10:58 | 0 replies

Buffalo solider must be proud of his association with this mine, I wonder how wld the mine of JZ's nephew be rated. But its no surprise me that they are ranked the worst, cause SA is considered a reasonably developed country with (if you have to take our constitution into account) sound human/worker rights but the world was rudely awoken from its Mandela mania when Cyril's colleagues mowed down 34 workers in COLD BLOOD,

Jan 05, 2013 12:14 | 0 replies

if Cyril Ramaphosa didnt expel Malema, do u thk he wld hv bin elected? methinks he was rewarded for expelling Malema, not for his leadership skills. i find it strange dat Cosatu, an organisation dat claims to represent de workers supported a man who killed de workers at Lonmin Marikana. if Cyril paid dem, de wld hv bin no strike. is Cosatu still relevant? de workers were shot by de police...police are also members of Cosatu...now how can they shoot their brothers..or had they forgoten dat they were also members of Cosatu? Cosatu is useless...we need a new union.

Jan 06, 2013 10:0 | 0 replies

@Julius Cyril is appointed/elected to appease business ppl cause anc had to comprise to justify investors continued doing business in SA cause Zuma is not giving them confidence, that is why anc regime spend at least 3 trips to London to explain themselves first attempt by Zuma must have let them investors gobsmacked trying to figure out what he was about, therefore (was it Mothlante) who went there for second term to explain issues around nationalisation of mines amongst other things. Also there is a big possibility that charges against Zuma (for corruption which his accomplice Shaik) is already convicted for will be re-enforced, I have to say the DA and other lobbyists groups did a sterling job for not allowing Zuma daylight robbery against SAn tax payers. Were it not for their agitation Zuma would have gotten away. Also The 250mil being probed by public protector is going to damn anc president once report is published and the opposition are waiting for that to use it in their fight to stop anc from over-raping our country. That's why sometimes in spite of Mrs Zille's gaffes at the end of the day that woman get the job done and for that I forgive all of her gaffes.

So do you understand now that if Zuma has to face courts someone has to hold the reigns? Do you also understand if a vacuum was left presidency would have been grabbed by even more corrupt comrade? from the outside Cyril is by far a better of the very bad corrupt anc leaders.

Jan 06, 2013 9:51 | 0 replies