Speakers Tour 2016

PloughBackTheFruits_WebWidows of Marikana: Plough Back the Fruits, Oil pastels & food colouring on paper, 280 x 150cm, February 2016

Panel Discussions, Exhibitions & Film Screenings with
Bishop Jo Seoka: representative of the Marikana mine workers, Bench Marks Foundation
Ntombizolile Mosebetsane & Agnes Makopano Thelejane: representative of relatives of the killed mine workers
Nomarussia Bonase & Judy Seidman: Khulumani Support Group

It ends in the production of catalysts in Germany, US-American or Japanese factories. It begins in South African mines. In the “platinum belt”, north of Johannesburg, you can find around 80 per cent of the world’s platinum deposits, belonging to the groups in Platinum Group Metals (PGM). Platinum is now the most valuable precious metal in the world, and Germany is – after the USA – its second largest importer.
The miners who extract these minerals often live in very poor conditions in informal settlements near the mine, without running water or electricity. In 2012, around 3,000 miners struck for higher wages and better living conditions. 34 miners were shot dead by the South African police. The Government Commission of Inquiry reported that the mine owner, the British company Lonmin, was partly responsible for the massacre.
One of the principal buyers of Lonmin’s platinum is BASF, the world’s largest chemical company and manufacturer of catalytic converters. The company has on various occasions declared that its responsibility in the supply chain verification is just. BASF has not yet issued a comprehensive statement on the massacre and the poor living conditions of the people on Marikana, which caused the strike (see more information about BASFs reaction to the address of Bishop Jo Seoka in April 2015, here in our Archive).
The meeting organisers want to highlight the living and working conditions of the miners in South Africa and the responsibility of companies like Lonmin and BASF. There will also be a discussion with representatives from politics, industry and civil society about the options for political action in Germany for a just international minerals policy and making the responsibility of employers compulsory.

TOUR DATA
Wednesday, 20 April 2016, 6:00 pm – VIENNA

Opening of the exhibition: Plough Back the Fruits
The Struggle for Justice and Restitution. The Bodymaps of the Widows of Marikana
The opening will be followed by a buffet, invited by the VÖGB.
Location: ÖGB, Johann-Böhm-Platz 1, 1020 Wien (U2 Donaumarina)

The exhibtion runs from 21 April to 25 Mai  2016 (Mo-Fr from  7:00 am to 7:00 pm), admission is free.
3 May, 5.30pm: Guided Tour by the curators. 6.30pm: Screening followed by Q&A: Miners Shot Down (Rehad Desai, RSA 2013, 84min., OmdtU)

Thursday, 21 April 2016, 5.00pm – BERLIN
Talk is Silver – taking action is platinum (Flyer/21 April 2016)
Platinum mining in South Africa and the “supply chain responsibility” of the German Industry
panel discussion, simultaneous translation: englisch/german
Location: Denkerei, Oranienplatz 2, Berlin
Link to the Audio of the event.Here the TWITTER-Documentation.

Friday, 22 April 2016, 6:30 pm – BERLIN
Film: Miners Shot Down (Rehad Desai, RSA 2013, 84min., OmdtU)
Screening followed by Q&A with the tour-delegation from South Africa
Location: Kino Moviemento, Berlin

Sunday, 24 April 2016, 5:00 pm – BERLIN
Film: Miners Shot Down (Rehad Desai, RSA 2013, 84min., OmdtU)
Screening followed by Q&A with the tour-delegation from South Africa
Location: Kino Hackesche Höfe Berlin

Tuesday, 26 April 2016, 6:30 pm – ZÜRICH
Film: Miners Shot Down (Rehad Desai, RSA 2013, 84min., OmdtU)
Screening followed by Q&A with the tour-delegation from South Africa
Location: Shedhalle Zürich

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 6:00 pm – MANNHEIM
6:00 pm: Film: Miners Shot Down (Rehad Desai, RSA 2013, 84min., OmdtU)
7:30 pm: Discussion panel: Along the value chain: South African platinum in the German Industry. The connection between BASF and the Marikana Massacre.
panel discussion, simultaneous translation: englisch/german (Flyer of the event in Mannheim)
Location: Haus der Kirche, M 1, 1a, Mannheim

Friday, 29 April 2016, 10:00 am – MANNHEIM
BASF AGM 2016
Location: Congress Center Rosengarten, Mannheim

Tuesday, 3 May 2016, 5:30 pm – VIENNA
Guided Tour by the curators; 6.30pm: Screening followed by Q&A: Miners Shot Down (Rehad Desai, RSA 2013, 84min., OmdtU)
Location: ÖGB, Johann-Böhm-Platz 1, 1020 Wien (U2 Donaumarina)

18 April to 13 May 2016 – MANNHEIM
Exhibition: „Wir werden uns Gehör verschaffen“ Die Witwen von Marikana kämpfen für Gerechtigkeit und Wiedergutmachung und Aufarbeitung der Geschehnisse: Die Bodymaps der Witwen von Marikana.
Location: Haus der Kirche, M 1, 1a, Mannheim

A project by Kirchliche Arbeitsstelle Südliches Afrika KASA in cooperation with Maren Grimm and Jakob Krameritsch (Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien), der Khulumani Support Group, Bench Marks Foundation, den Kritischen AktionärInnen Deutschlands, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, Brot für die Welt, AfricAvenir, Kirchlicher Dienst in der Arbeitswelt KDA, SOLIFONDS, KEESA, kulturen in bewegung und dem Verband Österreichischer Gewerkschaftlicher Bildung.
See the list of our project partners.

funded by Engagement Global on behalf of BMZ
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