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So. African Human Rights Commission releases report on Anglo Platinum mine, makes recommendations

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5 November 2008

Anglo Platinum Urged to Consult Over Graves, School Transport [So. Africa]

Author: Antony Sguazzin, Bloomberg

Anglo Platinum Ltd., the world's largest producer of the metal, should consult with South African communities on issues ranging from school transport to the movement of graves, a government human rights body [the Natl. Human Rights Commission] said..."The SAHRC has usefully pointed out areas in which Anglo Platinum PPL mine can improve its performance on a wide range of issues,'' Anglo Platinum said in an e-mailed statement yesterday.

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5 November 2008

South African Human Rights Commission vindicates ActionAid investigation

Author: Action Aid

The South African Human Rights Commission’s report...is a major indictment of Anglo Platinum and a vindication of ActionAid’s investigation into the mining giant’s activities in Limpopo. The report confirms the serious impacts that Anglo Platinum is having on poor communities’ access to adequate land, water and compensation in Limpopo and refutes the company’s claim that people have fully consented to its activities...“This is an important day for human rights in South Africa,” said Zanele Twala, ActionAid’s country director. “We welcome the commission’s call for companies and the state to ensure the free, prior and informed consent of communities to mining activities.

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4 November 2008

Anglo Platinum’s Comments on the SAHRC’s mining related observations and recommendations

Author: Anglo Platinum

Underpinning this report are two very important arguments about human rights and corporate accountability...First, the SAHRC urges companies to ‘move beyond legal compliance and push for the development of processes and institutional structures which actually identify and manage the multitude of risks associated with resettlement’. Implicit in this statement...is that Anglo Platinum is already legally compliant with the regulations and statutes that govern how mining companies...must operate...If we are legally compliant on the one hand, then how can we be accused of human rights violations on the other? ‘Beyond legal compliance’ suggests that this report is not talking about human rights violations by Anglo Platinum – as the original complaint alleged –but pushing the company to do more than what the law requires...[T]his report does not accuse Anglo Platinum of human rights violations; it only says that there is potential for social impacts to grow into human rights violations if risks are not mitigated. We fundamentally agree with that approach.

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1 November 2008

[PDF] Mining-related observations and recommendations: Anglo Platinum, affected communities and other stakeholders, in and around the PPL Mine, Limpopo

Author: South African Human Rights Commission

The investigation initiated by the South African Human Rights Commission (“SAHRC”) at the end of March 2008 was intended to focus on the broad human rights context surrounding the resettlement process undertaken by Anglo Platinum’s Potgietersrust Platinums Limited Mine [in] Limpopo...The overriding challenge that the SAHRC has recognised during this investigation is the almost total disintegration of trust in the relocation process...The fundamental observation made by the SAHRC is the need for companies to move beyond legal compliance and push for the development of processes and institutional structures which actually identify and manage the multitude of risks associated with resettlement.

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