Please join us for a video screening and discussion of the Plough Back the Fruits speakers tour to Europe in April 2016. This event on Friday 12 August 2016 in Johannesburg aims to begin a discussion about how we can take forward demands for corporate responsibility throughout plantinum’s global corporate chain, in the aftermath of the Marikana massacre.
In April 2016 a delegation from South Africa conducted a speaker’s tour to Europe, to focus attention on global corporate responsibility for the 2012 Marikana massacre. The delegation consisted of two of the Widows of Marikana, Ntombizolile Mosebetsane and Agnes Makopano Thelejane, two representatives of the Khulumani Support Group, NomaRussia Bonase and Judy Seidman, and Bishop Jo Seoka. The delegation began by introducing an exhibition with artworks by the Widows of Marikana hosted in Vienna, Austria. The speakers tour then engaged with various interested groups including German MPs, solidarity groups, and churches; picketed outside BASFs offshore company in Switzerland, and concluded with a presentation to the shareholders meeting of BASF – one of the key consumers of platinum produced at Marikana.
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- What: The event will screen: PLOUGH BACK THE FRUITS, Video by Maren Grimm and Jakob Krameritsch (RSA/AUT/GER/CH, 45min, 2016). Following the video, a discussion will be held on the impact and outcomes of the speakers’ tour, and the potentials for developing an on-going Plough Back the Fruits Campaign.
- When: Friday, 12 August 2016, 3 pm
Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI)
6th Floor Aspern House
54 De Korte Street,
On the PLOUGH BACK THE FRUITS video and campaign
Ntombizolile Mosebetsane, Simone Knapp (KASA, GER) and Agnes Makopano Thelejane at the AGM of BASF, 29 April 2016, Mannheim, Germany
What begins in South African platinum mines, ends most often in the production of catalysts in US-America and Germany. BASF, the world’s largest chemical company and manufacturer of catalysts, is based in Ludwigshafen, Germany. The company trades in, and processes, large amounts of platinum group metals (PGMs). BASF is the main customer of Lonmin, purchasing more than half of the overall annual PGM production of Lonmin (in 2015, at a price of 650 Million Euro).
BASF itself describes their business as a combination of “economical success and social responsibility”. They claim to be global leaders in developing and adhering to an ethical code of conduct along the corporate supply chain.
The 2016 Plough Back the Fruits speakers tour emerged from a network of South African, German, Swiss and Austrian NGOs and activists, joining forces with families of victims of the Marikana massacre, and with workers and their communities in Marikana, in conjunction with activists, researchers, NGOs and progressive unions in South Africa.
In 2015 Bishop Jo Seoka addressed the shareholders of BASF at the AGM in Germany, confronting the enterprise and its corporate social responsibility claims with the material realities of workers lives around Marikana, and the core role of its main platinum supplier Lonmin in the Marikana massacre in August 2012. In response, BASF CEO Kurt Bock commented that is “difficult to judge from the distance” and that BASF has to wait for the outcomes of the Farlam Commission.
In April 2016 a delegation from South Africa went on a speaker’s tour to Europe: besides Bishop Jo Seoka were two of the Widows of Marikana, Ntombizolile Mosebetsane and Agnes Makopano Thelejane and two representatives of the Khulumani Support Group, NomaRussia Bonase and Judy Seidman. The video follows the delegation from the opening of an exhibition of artworks of the Widows of Marikana, hosted by the Acadamy of Fine Arts Vienna at the Trade Union Federation building in Vienna; to meetings with interested groups including German MPs, churches, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights; to a picket at BASFs offshore company in Switzerland; to formally addressing the shareholders meeting of BASF in Germany.
The video collects impressions and sequences of speeches and encounters of the delegation with European stakeholders.