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15 Jun 2015

Centre for Applied Legal Studies

So. Africa: Complaint to the World Bank by affected community members regarding the social and environmental impacts of Lonmin’s Marikana operations

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'Complaint by affected community members in relation to the social and environmental impacts of Lonmin plc’s operation in Marikana', 15 Jun 2015: This is a Complaint to the Office of the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman…in relation to the…operation of…Lonmin’s…Marikana mine…All the individuals bringing the Complaint are women who live in and around the Marikana Mine and are directly affected by its impacts…The complaint can be summarised simply: life in the informal settlements around the Marikana Mine is dire. There is an absence of proper housing, proper sanitation, proper roads, and accessible and reliable running water. The air and groundwater…are polluted by the operations of the mine. To the extent that the mine offers benefits in the form of employment…despite promises from the IFC that its advice to Lonmin would substantially increase the employment opportunities for women…less than 8% of employees at the mine are currently women. In short, the IFC-supported Lonmin operation has caused immeasurable harm to the local communities…