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25 Jun 2015

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Centre for Applied Legal Studies

So. Africa: Women of Marikana lodge complaint against World Bank's investment in Lonmin

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'The Women of Marikana lodge complaint against World Bank's investment in Lonmin', 25 Jun 2015: On…15 June 2015, the Women of Marikana lodged a complaint with the Compliance Advisor / Ombudsman (CAO) in relation to the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC’s) investment in Lonmin…[i]n 2007…earmarked…for…[a] Local Economic Development Programme…More than seven years [later]…living conditions for the communities around the Marikana mine are dire…[A]ir and groundwater are polluted by…[mine] activities…[T]here is no running water…housing…sanitation…roads. The complaint alleges that…Lonmin failed to meet…its domestic legal obligations…It promised to build 5000 houses, but built only 3.  It promised to spend R23m on water and sanitation projects, but spent just over half that...Under its own policies, the IFC ought to have…monitored…Lonmin’s…projects…and…challenged Lonmin on deteriorating community relations. But it appears to have done none of these things. The complaint, supported by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), asks the World Bank…to launch a compliance investigation…and…facilitate a dispute resolution process between community members, the IFC and Lonmin…to find a solution befitting the human dignity of Marikana community members…

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