Business as usual after Marikana

A reader with 26 essays by 29 authors from South Africa and Europe.

How is it possible that the people procuring one of the world’s most valuable metals for a „socially responsible“ company such as BASF have been living in slums for decades?

456 pages,  92 pictures, ISBN 978-1-928232-57-5, PRICE R360
Jacana, Johannesburg 2018.

This publication, which starts by examining the long-term business relations between BASF and Lonmin, goes on to drill deeper into the hard rock of the persistent structures of inequality. By doing so we will understand that Marikana is not the tragic failure of an otherwise improving economic system but rather a calculated form of collateral damage.
– Bishop Jo Seoka, former president of the South African Council of Churches

With essays by: Britta Becker, Alexander Behr, Asanda Benya, Patrick Bond, Stefan Buchen, Gavin Capps, María do Mar Castro Varela, Franziska Dübgen, Maren Grimm, Boris Kanzleiter, Simone Knapp, Jakob Krameritsch, Stephan Lessenich, Sarah Lincoln, Rosemary Lombard, Boniface Mabanza Bambu, Mzoxolo Magidwana, Thumeka Magwangqana, Akhona Mehlo, Barbara Müller, Trevor Ngwane, Jan Pehrke, Dinah Rajak, Michael Reckordt, Walter Sauer, Judy Seidman, Jo Seoka, Carolijn Terwindt, Christoph Trautvetter

#Remember Marikana

Maren Grimm is a German documentary filmmaker, author and political activist based in Hamburg, Germany and Vienna, Austria. She teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna as well as in independant networks. Together with Jakob Krameritsch, she founded the Plough Back the Fruits campaign in 2014 after discovering the involvement of the German chemical enterprise, BASF, with the Marikana massacre.
Jakob Krameritsch is a historian working at the Institute for Cultural and Media Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria. Together with Maren Grimm he initiated the 2014 Plough Back the Fruits campaign which focuses on the platinum-supply chain of BASF ( In 2013 he edited the German version of Marikana. A View from the Mountain and a Case to Answer by Peter Alexander, Thapelo Lekgowa, Botsang Mmope, Luke Sinwell and Bongani Xezwi.
Britta Becker is a sociologist working as a project manager in the Africa department of Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, with regional expertise on Southern Africa.

ISBN 978-1-928232-57-5
GENRE Current Affairs
FORMAT Trade Paperback
SIZE 235X155mm
EXTENT 452pp
RIGHTS World Rights
RELEASE September 2018