lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Greg Nicolson reports that Marikana women’s group Sikhale Sonke has withdrawn from a mediation process with platinum producer Lonmin that began after it lodged a complaint with World Bank investor, the International Finance Corporation.  

The group wanted Lonmin to commit to community challenges, like housing, water and sanitation, but says the company engaged in bad faith and failed to meet even basic commitments.  Sikhale Sonke was formed in the months after the 2012 Marikana massacre.  Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) attorney Palesa Madi on Tuesday claimed that Lonmin only wanted to discuss minor issues, such as counselling and recycling.  Sikhale Sonke’s withdrawal from mediation means the World Bank’s IFC compliance advisor must now investigate complaints that Lonmin failed to implement the Social and Labour Plan (SLP) objectives it was financed for.

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