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Herakles abandons all operations in Mundemba and Toko concession areas, Cameroon
Author: Struggle to Economize Future Environment (SEFE), (Cameroon), IC Magazine, Center for World Indigenous Studies , Published on: 5 June 2015
Herakles Farms, a New York based investment Firm and the parent company of SG Sustainable Oils Cameroon (SGSOC) which has been under the spotlight of increasing local and international opposition for its intention to establish oil palm plantations in protected areas...has abandoned all operations in the Mundemba and Toko Subdivisions respectively and in Ndian Division on May 29, 2015...The decision was announced to the few remaining workers...After their shifts, affected workers notified Struggle to Economize Future Environment (SEFE) of developments...But a Presidential decree signed in November 2013, granted the company 19,843 ha of land lease for a 3 year probation period. The decree also demanded the company fulfill certain conditions which were not met, notably in the development of social facilities, conducting an environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) in the new concession, and payment of land rents...workers were awarded certificates of appreciation and asked to go to the Divisional Office of Labour...to receive money. Workers were left unclear if these represented wages for the month of May or compensation for the entire period they have worked in the company...This is not the first time that Herakles has laid off their workers without compensation...the company laid off its managers and personnel at its Limbe office...Reports...indicate villagers are very happy with the news.