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25 Mar 2008

Anglo Platinum

Anglo Platinum Responds to Resettlement Allegations

Anglo Platinum is aware of the serious allegations contained in the BBC Radio Report, “Mining forces out thousands in SA” and the ActionAid Report “Precious Metal the Impact of Anglo Platinum on poor communities in Limpopo, South Africa”. The reports contain numerous errors in addition to inflammatory statements. Anglo Platinum’s relocation of communities in the Mogalakwena district have resulted from consultations and negotiations that span the period 1998 to 2008... The BBC and ActionAid reports have grouped both relocations and interviewed only those with a negative stance. Both the communities of the new Ga-Pila and Motlhotlo villages are being provided with treated underground water by the Municipality of Mogalakwena. Neither the BBC nor ActionAid visited the new Motlhotlo village constructed by Anglo Platinum and are therefore unable to present a balanced case for the negotiated resettlements... Anglo Platinum takes these allegations extremely seriously and will attempt to correct all factual inaccuracies with its stakeholders and will present such facts to the BBC and ActionAid.

Part of the following timelines

So. Africa: BBC investigation into Anglo American platinum mining raises concerns over displacement, water contamination, health & safety - includes company response

So. Africa: Human Rights Commission to investigate how mining affects rights of nearby communities

Anglo Platinum lawsuit (re displacement in So. Africa)