Seven companies, including German software multinational SAP, accused of kickbacks and corruption to gain government contracts in South Africa

Recent investigations by the South African investigative journalist group, amaBhungane, have found evidence of multinational companies in South Africa providing illegal payments to secure contracts with the government owned transport and logistics company, Transnet.  The companies that currently stand accused include the German companies SAP and T-systems, as well as the Swiss based Liebherr International AG, China South Rail, Shanghai Zhenhua, McKinsey and Neotel.    ... →

Update: South Africa’s highest court allows class action case against Mining companies.

About 500 000 former and existing miners have now been given the opportunity to jointly sue 32 mining companies for damages in the millions of dollars, thanks to the recent decision of the court in Johannesburg. The initial case was brought forward by a group of 60 miners but is set to expand to cover thousands of elderly men from the poorest rural areas of South Africa as well as Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi and Mozambique,.   ... →

„Were Lonmin Shootings preventable?“

„Were Lonmin Shootings preventable?“, asks John Capel from the Bench Marks Foundation in South Africa, an independent non-governmental organisation mandated by churches to monitor the practices of multi-national corporations.

Only two days before the clashes between miners and police forces at Lonmin´s Marikana mine in Rustenburg (16.8.2012) that left 34 people dead in one day, the Bench Marks Foundation published their Policy Gap no.   ... →