Anglo American Platinum
Based in South Africa, most of the group's operations lie to the northwest and northeast of Johannesburg. A majority of the company's operations take place in the Bushveld Igneous Complex, a large region that contains a range of mineral commodities including chromium, vanadium, titaniferous magnetite and platinum group metals.
In 1995, the company Johannesburg Consolidated Investments unbundled. Its platinum interests became Amplats, later renamed Anglo American Platinum. Anglo American is the company's majority shareholder.
The company's major facilities and production areas include:
- Rustenburg production area
- Amandelbult production area
- Union production area
- Bafokeng Rasimone Platinum Mines
- Potgietersrus Platinum Mines
- Lebowa Platinum Mines
- Modikwa Platinum Mine
- Kroondal Pooling and Shared Agreement
- Polokwane Smelter
- Waterval Smelter
- Rustenburg base metals and precious metals refiners
Anglo American Platinum's products includes:
Anglo American Platinum filed SLAPPs (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) against a South African public interest lawyer Richard Spoor, who represented indigenous communities affected by platinum mining on tribal land. The actions include an application in the High Court for a so-called gagging order, ostensibly to prevent him further injuring the good name and reputation of the corporation, the lodging of complaints with the Law Society of unprofessional behaviour and the lodging of a civil action for damages for some $500,000. Anglo American Platinum also obtained an ex parte (without notice) order interdicting two tribal chiefs from interfering with their mining operations and had them arrested on charges of intimidation and trespass. Subsequently, followers of the two tribal chiefs were shot, beaten and arrested for protesting the mine's presence on tribal land.
In August 2007, British charity War on Want published a report accusing Anglo American Platinum's parent company Anglo American of profiting from the abuse of people in the developing countries in which the company operates. In the report, Anglo American Platinum is accused of displacing communities in South Africa, including forcing the entire Magobading community off its land and into the Mecklenberg township.
In late October, 2012, security forces opened fire on mineworkers using rubber bullets killing 34 striking Marikana platinum miners. South African Miners have been striking since September,2012, and many were injured.
- "Amplats fires 12,000 South African platinum miners". BBC. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
- Independent Newspapers Online (5 May 2010). "Business – IOL | Breaking News | South Africa News | World News | Sport | Business | Entertainment | IOL.co.za". Busrep.co.za. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
- "Anglo American: The Alternative Report". Waronwant.org. 27 May 2011. Archived from the original on 16 June 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2011.