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1 May 2009

Leanne Farrell, Eric Mackres and Ralph Hamann

[PDF] A clash of cultures (and lawyers): A case study of Anglo Platinum and its Mogalakwena mine in Limpopo, South Africa

This case study traces the developments leading up to the launch [of the South African Human Rights Commission's 2008 report on Anglo Platinum] and discusses how the company is trying to respond. In particular, will the Limpopo debacle be seen as an opportunity by the company to fundamentally revisit its approach to local community relations, resettlement and integrated development planning around its mines, or will it be seen as a once-off difficulty that needs to be contained and managed? More broadly, can a company like Anglo Platinum [part of Anglo American] make the necessary cultural shift away from conflict and contest, and towards negotiation and partnership?

Part of the following timelines

So. Africa: Case study examines changes in Anglo Platinum's community relations strategies following investigation by So. African Human Rights Commission

Anglo Platinum lawsuit (re displacement in So. Africa)