The campaign against hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for shale gas in South Africa is a political campaign that will have to address unemployment, development, land transformation and racial divisions. Neither legal nor purely technical interventions are sufficient for success. Solid and credible research now exists in South Africa which shows that the risks of fracking to the environment and human welfare are high, while the benefits are low.
From safety failures to wage strikes gone wrong, gold and platinum mines continue to profit as the exploitation and deaths of mineworkers are ignored.
The 2012 Marikana massacre awakened us to the troubles of the South African mining sector. Business as Usual after Marikana provides a multi-faceted view of the platinum supply chain. With specific focus on Lonmin and their major customer, BASF, this book examines the relationship between government, business and foreign relations that have for years resulted in the violation of human rights and interference in the development of governmental policies. Accomplished scholars, activists and economists discuss global supply chains, trade agreements, corporate lobbying and legal regulations in an attempt to hold BASF and other transnational companies to account for the atrocities that they have directly or indirectly caused in former colonized countries like South Africa.
With articles from Britta Becker | Alexander Behr | Asanda Benya | Patrick Bond | Stefan Buchen | Gavin Capps | María do Mar Castro Varela | Franziska Dübgen | Maren Grimm | Boris Kanzleiter | Simone Knapp | Jakob Krameritsch | Stephan Lessenich | Sarah Lincoln | Rosemary Lombard | Boniface Mabanza Bambu | Mzoxolo Magidiwana | Thumeka Magwangqana | Akhona Mehlo | Barbara Müller | Trevor Ngwane | Jan Pehrke | Dinah Rajak | Michael Reckordt | Walter Sauer | Judy Seidman | Jo Seoka | Carolijn Terwindt | Christoph Trautvetter
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The Implications of the Malendu Constitutional Court Judgement for the “Right to Say No” to Mining.
Programme Manager Labour Relations and Economy
The South African Constitutional Court delivered a ground-breaking judgment which will have wide-implications for mining affected communities and their “right to say no”. By reaffirming the importance of informal land rights, the court has set a precedent that will change power dynamics between communities, traditional leaders and trans-national mining corporations.
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