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The Bench Marks Foundation is deeply saddened by the death of the great activist against poverty and injustice, Nelson Mandela. Says Bishop Jo Seoka: "Madiba was the champion for the oppressed"....
Global steel giant ArcelorMittal is having a negative impact on the environment, its employees and the communities in and around Vanderbijlpark, according to a research report by the Bench Marks Foundation...
Bench Marks spoke to VEJA and interviewed residents, employees, ex-employees and other civil society organisations for this report, it became clear that the company performs poorly with regard to transparency and engagement...
The Bench Marks Foundation has questioned steel giant, ArcelorMittal's actions toward its past and present employees and to the communities surrounding its operations in a report released today...
Government, in line with its political mandate, must serve the poorest members of society, and cease what communities see as collusion with corporate power...
Policy Gap 7 is the Bench Marks Foundation's latest study. It focuses on CSR and Mining, but in this case on one specific mining company: Lonmin...
Almost 14 months ago, on August 16, 2012, conflict between capital and the state cost the nation 44 lives. Thirty-four workers were killed in a labour dispute with their employer, while another 10 workers, including police and security personnel, died violently....
From the onset let me commend the Bench Marks Foundation for its research initiatives that are aimed at resolving social problems affecting mineworkers, communities and the mining sector...
Mining impacts have winners and losers. The winners are shareholders and executive management and the losers are surrounding communities and workers...
There is a lack of accurate reporting of contract worker numbers and their wages in the platinum industry, which is in breach of the legislation...
The rapid grown in the platinum mining industry over the past 15 years has resulted in an influx of contract workers in areas surrounding the mines,...
Sustainability loses all meaning when a corporation does as it pleases and there are no consequences, says well-known corporate social responsibility monitoring NGO...
Companies which inflict damage on a society and the environment represent danger. This is a critical issue which any state must confront, says Bishop Jo Seoka...
A ruling made at the High Court on 14 October 2013, that the state must pay the legal costs for the survivors of the Marikana Massacre, is a great victory for the workers, their families and for democracy...
As much as mining has contributed to developing the South African economy, it has also had negative social, economic and environmental consequences. These need to be highlighted, debated, and actions agreed on by all stakeholders...
View this compelling SABC documentary detailing how the intensive mining of platinum in the North West Province is affecting the availability and quality of water...
Sustainable Women Empowerment and Gender Equality was the theme for this year's Women's Day and Month, but for women within mines and in the communities surrounding mines there is very little evidence that they have been empowered...
The instability and tension that gave rise to the Marikana Massacre a year ago, is still palpable and will remain so until the socio-economic conditions that gave rise to the events in the first place are addressed...
It is unforgivable that there has been a lack of financial support for mineworkers wounded and arrested during the Marikane massacre last year, resultig in them being unable to take part in the Farnham Commission...
The legitimate concerns of communities that are affected by mining will continue to fester and grow into new areas of conflict and strife if they are not dealt with...
We have to be wary of complicating an already very complicated situation by taking actions like sending in the army to the platinum belt...
It is unacceptable that prospective and new mining laws continue to be handled in a haphazard way, especially since it has been such a volatile sector over the past year, says the Bench Marks Foundation...
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Acid rain and contaminated water continue to negatively impact farming activities and communities in areas in which mines operate, despite claims by mining companies...
The draft Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill (MPRDA) was gazetted on 27 December 2012 by the Department of Mineral Resources without proper public consultation and participation, says the Bench Marks Foundation...
Women are still a minority in the mining sector, and particularly in the lower paid categories...
The Bench Marks Foundation requests a meeting with the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources to discuss our recommendations for the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill...
On Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th February 2013, the Bench Marks Foundation participated in a panel discussion at the JSE on the relevance of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)...
Tax avoidance, extreme environmental degradation of proposed, current and past mining activities, equitable redistribution of wealth and financial resources are some of the topics that will be debated at the Alternative Mining Indaba...