Opposition politician Roy Bennett criticises company for allegedly profiting from killings at Marange diamond fields.

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Company response
30 March 2011

Response by Anglo Platinum (part of Anglo American): Opposition politician Roy Bennett criticises company for allegedly profiting from killings at Marange diamond fields.

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Company response
22 March 2011

Old Mutual Response

Author: Old Mutual

We have come under international pressure to divest our business in Zimbabwe by those who believe that this will be of benefit to the Zimbabwean people. We cannot agree with this notion as we have policyholder and employer obligations to our employees, their families and dependents...Mbada Diamonds [joint venture Zimbabwe Mining Development & New Reclamation] holds a mining concession over less than 10% of the Chiadzwa diamond fields. Importantly, Old Mutual would like to point out that New Reclamation's engagement post-dated any reported wrongdoing in the mining area. As a result, Old Mutual is most certainly not associated with alleged activities which contravened the human rights of citizens. We have been given assurances that the company fully complies with all its legal and regulatory obligations and is part of a best practise commercialisation of the Marange field...Old Mutual believes that a stable country and a free society in Zimbabwe are in the interest of our customers, our policyholders, our shareholders and our company. [also refers to Natprint, Zimpapers]

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Company response
18 March 2011

Impala Platinum response re criticism of complicity with Zimbabwe Govt.

Author: David Brown, CEO, Impala Platinum

In response to [Roy Bennett's]...points we are partners with the Royal Bafokeng nation in South Africa and are therefore well aware of the benefits of working with local communities. It is very much part of our vision and plan for the future. In 2006 we did agree to return some of our mining rights to the state. But this was a commercial transaction and not to placate anybody. Therefore this does not translate into allegations of complicity of human rights violations in the country...

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11 March 2011

Bennett slams multi-nationals for “corporate greed, wilful negligence” [Zimbabwe]

Author: The Zimbabwean

Any process of enriching individuals or companies connected to the infamous criminal syndicate that is Zanu (PF) will be nullified once the MDC is in power, MDC-T minister of agriculture designate, Roy Bennett...[said] in Cape Town yesterday... Bennett singled out Old Mutual, Anglo Platinum [part of Anglo American] and Impala – saying they must “come to terms with their unacceptable complicity in Mugabe’s blackmail”...“They must incorporate genuinely broad-based community equity participation.” "...[Anglo Platinum] Shareholders need to demand from management that...[the companies' mining] rights...not [be] surrendered for the benefit of a blood-thirsty coterie of gangsters. Please don’t legitimise extortion at the expense of the people...,” said Bennett. Referring to the “sad and seedy role of Old Mutual in the illicit diamond mining” in the Marange diamond fields, Bennett said: “These fields are controlled by the military junta and were attained over the dead bodies of hundreds of impoverished Zimbabweans...” [also refers to Zimpapers]

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