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Compensation case against South African miners thrown out

Published by MAC on 2004-11-30

Compensation case against South African miners thrown out

Metal Bulletin

30 November 2004

Johannesburg - A New York judge has thrown out a court case seeking $20 billion in compensation from major multinationals firms, including Anglo American and Gold Fields, who allegedly benefited and supported apartheid-era South Africa.

Controversial class-action lawyer Ed Fagan brought the legal action to court and accused more than 30 firms of supporting the apartheid state.

But the ruling by US district judge John Sprizzo said the plaintiffs had not proved that the companies broke international law.

"Although it is clear that the actions of the apartheid regime were repugnant, and that the decision of the defendants to do business with that regime may have been morally suspect," Judge Sprizzo said in his ruling late on November 29

"It is this court's job to apply the law and not some normative or moral ideal."

Angloplat faces lawsuit

October 24, 2004

By Antony Sguazzin, Business Republic

Johannesburg - Anglo American Platinum (Angloplat), the world's biggest platinum producer, faces a lawsuit by black investors that seeks to cancel mining concessions the company is relying on to help drive expansion.

Mampudi Mining, which represents the investors, wants rights to 12 platinum deposits, including the site of the Modikwa mine, which is co-owned by African Rainbow Minerals. The concessions are on the Eastern Limb of the Bushveld Complex, the world's biggest platinum deposit.

The lawsuit, filed on May 28, would go before the high court early next year, Mampudi said.

Angloplat first won the concessions during the apartheid era.

Mampudi said the government should not have extended them in 2000. "Mampudi and the other local communities were effectively excluded from ... the platinum mining industry."

Angloplat and the government said they would fight the lawsuit.

"The contentions advanced by Mampudi are ill-conceived and misguided," Martin Mononela, the chief director of minerals development for Limpopo, said in an affidavit filed with the high court.

See previous posting - Mining giants told to pay back Zimbabwean miners


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