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The following Block of Articles relates to Policy GAP 13

The mining industry urgently needs to adopt a comprehensive accounting model that will enable it to disclose all benefits and costs to stakeholders, the Bench Marks Foundation said today...
Mining companies, including Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), need to disclose the impact of their activities more consistently than they currently do in their sustainable development reports (SDR), according to Bench Marks Foundation...

Justice delayed to the families of the Marikana massacre victims is justice denied to them, the Bench Marks Foundation said on the eve of the 6th anniversary of the massacre...
Bench Marks Foundation has accused the Minister of Mineral Resources of ignoring structures that represent mining communities and has described this weekend's summit on the Mining Charter as a potential farce...
The proposed new Mining Charter is a step in the right direction, but the devil remains in some of the detail that must still be clarified, according to the Executive Director of the Bench Marks Foundation, John Capel...
The debate about mining frequently fails to recognise that mining activity means local communities give up their land and their livelihoods, and suffer severe health effects, along with water and air contamination and soil erosion...
The relatively high number of deaths at Sibanye-Stillwater mines this year could be an indication that the company is putting profits and acquisitions ahead of the safety of workers, says John Capel...
Living and Working Conditions in Marikana five Years after the Massacre (Large File, availabe as PDF only)...
Dear shareholders of BASF, for the last years we have been appealing to the conscience of your management and your board of directors, to take social responsibility along their platinum supply chain seriously...

The following Block of Articles relates to the recent Court Case
in which Bench Marks Foundation was a Litigant

In a ground-breaking case, a South African court will hear on Monday that the only way to mitigate the impact of mining is through ensuring that communities have the right to say 'no' to mining...
In his haste to get the job done, the new Minister of Mineral Resources, Gwede Mantashe, proceeded without including mining communities in a mini-indaba in mid-March...
If the mining sector is to be a sun-shine sector it has to ensure, it does not crowd out the search for clean, democratic and empowering alternatives, and factors the very real concerns of the water crisis and climate change...
The Bench Marks Foundation is concerned that this weekend planned meeting with labour, business and governments excludes communities...
On the Wild Coast there is an area called Umgungundlovu. It is an area of immense natural beauty where several hundred people - the Applicants. This case arises because the sands of Umgungundlovu are rich in titanium...
I wish to make it clear, at the very outset, that the respondents oppose this application on principally the following grounds...
The foundation has formed a more nuanced view of mining. While mining can provide benefits, communities are vulnerable to grevious harm that can outweigh any gains...

The exclusion of community representatives from the inaugural discussion about the mining charter that took place over the past weekend does not augur well for the charter's future, says Bench Marks Foundation...
The Bench Marks Foundation has welcomed the appointment of Gwede Mantashe as the minister of mineral resources, adding that he may be the right person to fully grasp the industry and its impacts and listen to the voice of civil society and communities' concerns...
Participation in an independent problem-solving service will help solve intractable conflicts of interest around the mining industry...
A leading non-government organisation today told mining bosses at the Alternative African Mining Indaba to change their attitudes and to shift their mind-sets and defensiveness...
Mining in Africa has reverted to the pre-independence days of colonialism in which legal regimes exist primarily to facilitate profit for mine owners, according to Dr Yao Graham, executive director of Third World Network in Ghana...
A unique platform for communities gathers tomorrow in Cape Town, determined to continue its quest for the parallel African Mining Indaba to hear the voices of civil society and people impacted and affected by mining...