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Full Disclosure 2016

Environmental non-compliances reported by affected communities, the media, & NGOs

In a Bench Marks report entitled “Floating or Sinking” – Social Licence to Operate (SLO): Kumba Iron Ore Limited, published in May 2015, it is reported that there is:

a significant ‘gap’ between the mining company’s own perspective of its corporate social responsibility achievements in obtaining a social licence to operate, and the real feelings and perceptions as experienced by the surrounding communities.1

This “gap” is attributed in part to environmental issues, including the proximity of mining operations to residential property, which affects the health and wellbeing of community members.2 Blasting and dust related health problems are experienced by community members and the following statements of community members, recorded in August 2013, are reported:

Dust pollution is the biggest problem. The mine installed a dust-monitor which says that the dust isn’t harmful to us, but we believe it is.

There is dust everywhere, our houses are always dirty.

The blastings are really loud and causes damages to our houses. Our houses crack and the lights fall out of the roof.3

The Bench Marks report also states that mining operations appear to have destroyed water resources in the area, with community members and farm owners complaining that the impact of mining on water has negatively affected their livelihood and wellbeing.4

  1. Bench Marks Foundation, Policy Gap 10, ‘”Floating or Sinking” Social Licence to Operate (SLO): Kumba Iron Ore Limited’, at pii.
  2. Bench Marks Foundation, Policy Gap 10, ‘”Floating or Sinking” Social Licence to Operate (SLO): Kumba Iron Ore Limited’, at p47-48.
  3. Bench Marks Foundation, Policy Gap 10, ‘”Floating or Sinking” Social Licence to Operate (SLO): Kumba Iron Ore Limited’, at p48.
  4. Bench Marks Foundation, Policy Gap 10, ‘”Floating or Sinking” Social Licence to Operate (SLO): Kumba Iron Ore Limited’, at p51.