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Amadiba Crisis Committee vs. MRC Ltd.

Aperçu de la plainte

Date de soumission 1 February 2013
Statut actuel Rejected
Thème Human rights violations by mining agents. Amadiba, S. Africa
Résumé de la plainte The Australian venture capital mining company MRC Ltd has ambitions to mine in an environmentally sensitive and pristine stretch of coastline on the Pondoland Wild Coast of South Africa, which has been inhabited for centuries by the amaMpondo Indigenous People. The sacred ancestral land of the AmaDiba clan, one of the 21 constituent Chiefdoms of the amaMpondo, is host to their revered ancestors.

The South African government provisionally awarded mining rights to the Amadibas land in 2008 but after an outcry from the community revoked them in 2011. The Environmental Impact Assessment revealed that the negative impacts of mining could not be adequately mitigated. Moreover, analysis of economic benefits showed that the profits and other benefits from a 25-year mining venture could only accrue at the cost of the once thriving and much more appropriate income generation opportunities from a community based eco-tourism venture, which was already providing income opportunities for 400 local residents. Even the effect of the six-year prospecting process on the eco-tourism industry was devastating. Eco-tourism was beginning to recover when the same mining company returned to lodge a fresh prospecting rights application.

Members of the indigenous Amadiba clan allege that MRC Ltd co-opted, intimidated and subverted the members of the clan in order to obtain their consent for the issuing of a mining license on ancestral land. Other issues raised in the complaint include adverse environmental impacts, loss of livelihood, inadequate disclosure of project plans and impact assessments, and bribery.
Développements/Résultat After conducting an initial assessment, the Australian NCP rejected the case on the grounds that the complainants expressed unwillingness to enter into mediation with the company and because the mineral exploration rights are currently being considered by the relevant local authorities. The NCP declined to investigate the allegations in the complainant.
Principes directeurs de l'OCDE concernés
Mots-clés concernant les plaintes Secteur minier, Les droits de l'homme, Environnement, Divulgation de renseignements, Corruption

Données sur le PCN

Nom du PCN National Contact Point Australia
Coordonnées du PCN C/- The Treasury ACT 2600 Canberra, Australia
Site web du PCN
Autres PCN impliqués



Données sur l'entreprise

Entreprise responsable Mineral Resource Commodities Ltd
Coordonnées de l'entreprise
Site web de l'entreprise
Entreprise en violation Mineral Resource Commodities Ltd
Pays où se déroulent les opérations Afrique du Sud
Autre entreprises impliquées

Calendrier des dévelopements

Date Acteur Action Description Document
8 March 2013 National Contact Point Australia reject Australian NCP rejects case. téléchargez le document pdf (95Kb)  
1 February 2013 Amadiba Crisis Committee file Amadiba Crisis Committee files complaint at Australian NCP. téléchargez le document pdf (142Kb)  

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