Press Release: International Action against Anglo-American and Vedanta

Earthlife Africa Jhb
26th of July 2104

Anglo American Thermal Coal and Vedanta Zinc International have plans for a dirty coal partnership in the Waterberg region in Limpopo Province. Anglo American will supply low grade coal to a Vedanta owned coal-fired power station. Earthlife Africa Johannesburg has had its eye on this underhanded relationship for some time, maintaining that another coal-fired power station, beyond Mepudi and Matimba, in the Waterberg will spell environmental and human-health disaster. On the 31st of July and the 1st of August, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg will join in a world-wide protest and demand an end to Vedanta’s polluting ways. The action coincides with the Vedanta AGM in London.

The protest will be held outside the Anglo American headquarters on 44 Main Street, Marshalltown, Johannesburg from 10:00 to 13:00 on both the 31st of July and the 1st of August 2014.

Dominique Doyle, Energy Policy Officer at Earthlife Africa Johannesburg states, “There are many reasons why the Waterberg does not need another coal-fired power station. One, the area is water stressed.  Two, the Waterberg is already an air quality high priority area. Three, South African international commitments to climate change cannot support more coal-fired electricity generation.

The protest by Earthlife Africa Johannesburg will be in support of the international solidarity group Foil Vedanta. Foil Vedanta aims to one day see Vedanta brought to justice in court in London, but in the meanwhile works at linking community struggles against Vedanta around the world. Activists from Zambia, Odisha, Delhi and Johannesburg will demonstrate against Vedanta on the 1st of August.

While Anglo America is a well-known name in South Africa, Vedanta is less so. Vedanta is a British and Indian owned mining company which is registered in London. Vedanta is attracting world-wide criticism for its poor environmental and human rights record from grassroots movements. Currently, Vedanta is taking a stronger interest in Africa, where it has already shown a complete lack of respect for local law and communities. In Zambia, the Vedanta Konkola Copper Mine has poisoned thousands of people from the surrounding communities and still refuses to pay any damages.

CONTACTS:
Earthlife Africa Johannesburg:

Makoma Lekalakala
Senior Programme Manager
Tel (w): +27 (0) 11 339 3662
Mobile: + 27 (0) 82 682 9177
Email: makoma [at] earthlife.org.za
www.earthlife.org.za
Dominique Doyle
Energy Policy Officer
Tel (w): +27 (0) 11 339 3662
Mobile: + 27 (0) 79 331 2028
Email: dominique [at] earthlife.org.za
www.earthlife.org.za
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