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29 Apr 2016

Mail & Guardian, Koketso Moeti

BASF, Lonmin and how the Marikana battle for justice is taken to Germany

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...BASF, a chemical company, prides itself on how it combines “economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility”. But can it really claim this when it continues to be the largest customer of Lonmin, a company with blood on its hands. In 2015, during the BASF annual shareholder meeting, Anglican Bishop Jo Seoka told those present that one of their most important platinum suppliers was co-responsible for murder, human-rights violations and the inhumane living conditions of its workers. He further asked, “What do you say about this and what are you prepared to do to improve the lives of those who contribute towards your wealth”....