Ian Farmer is the CEO of Lonmin PLC and slave master of the mine.

South African mining deep in crisis as ANC considers peacekeeping force

Labour disputes, union turf war and falling commodity prices rock sector that has shaped country's history and economy
Striking Lonmin mine workers gather during industrial action last month
Striking Lonmin mine workers protest during industrial action last month. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images
It could be described as a canary in the coal mine. The South African government's admission this week that it might deploy a peacekeeping force to the country's mines is a vivid sign of an industry under siege.
Peacekeepers are usually associated with war zones, but the shootings at Lonmin's platinum mine on Monday in which a union leader diedunderlined a creeping existential crisis. On the same day Glencore Xstrata, the mining and commodity trading group, said it had sacked 1,000 workers across three of its chrome mines for an illegal strike last week that brought operations to a standstill.
An 18-month labour dispute across the industry, marked by a vicious union turf war, has coincided with a global decline in commodity prices to rock a sector that has shaped South Africa's history and economy. The lowest ebb came last year, when 46 people died during protests at the Lonmin mine in Marikana, including 34 mown down by police on a single day.
As the annual "strike season" gets under way, the atmosphere is febrile and there are fears of a repeat. "If there is a need to deploy that peacekeeping force, we have to do so in the mining sector as a whole," said the labour minister, Mildred Oliphant. "Because we can't take a chance that since it has not happened here, probably it is not going to happen."
Since the 19th century mining has been the heartbeat of South Africa. Although it accounts for just 6% of economic output, it contributes 60% of export revenues and is the country's biggest private employer with more than 500,000 workers, each of whom may support eight to 10 dependents. South Africa is the world's biggest producer of platinum, used in vehicle catalytic converters, and the fifth biggest producer of gold.
In February the government sought to placate foreign investors with a "Crisis? What crisis?" narrative. Susan Shabangu, the mineral resources minister, said the number of mines had increased from 993 in 2004 to almost 1,600 in 2011. Associated revenue had grown from 98bn rand (£6.6bn) in 2004 to 370bn rand by the end of 2011. Employment in the industry had grown from just under 449,000 people in 2004 to more than 530,000 in June 2012, she added, though it started to fall back slightly in the third quarter of last year. "This performance is factual and demonstrates the vibrant nature of the South African mining sector, which continues to provide opportunities for both local and international investment," she said.
Not everyone, however, is so upbeat. The platinum belt, home to 80% of the world's known reserves, has been hit by violence as the government-allied National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) lost tens of thousands of members to a militant upstart, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), which is now the dominant force. Last month Lonmin suffered a wildcat walkout at Marikana after a gunman shot dead an Amcu official in a bar.
Tensions remain high, with workers opposing a plan by Anglo American Platinum to cut 6,000 jobs. With the post-apartheid consensus and bargaining structures facing collapse, Amcu's leader has threatened to bring the economy to a standstill.
It is not just platinum. Tough wage talks are likely at the gold mines, with the NUM demanding pay rises of up to 60% at a time when companies are struggling with shrinking margins.
With South Africa's economic growth this year forecast at less than 3%the president, Jacob Zuma, called a press conference last week to try to allay concerns, and assigned his deputy to broker a truce between the two unions. "It is only in undemocratic countries that there are no strikes," he said. That did not prevent the rand plummeting to a four-year low against the dollar.
There is a sense that the old model is broken. Peter Leon, the head of Africa mining and energy projects at the law firm Webber Wentzel, said: "The industry is obviously not in good shape and I hope these recent events galvanise people into action. You can't just have President Zuma making a statement and hope the problems will go away. The problems are deep-seated and need to be addressed."
Leon said South Africa's black economic empowerment policies had failed to give workers a stake in the mines, with only a few companies setting an example by encouraging a sense of shared ownership with financial rewards. "There are huge underlying structural tensions. What this indicates is a need for an overarching social compact."
Zuma and the African National Congress (ANC) have been widely criticised for a slow response to Marikana and for favouring the NUM at Amcu's expense. But Bobby Godsell, the former chief executive of AngloGold Ashanti and the South African Chamber of Mines, said: "I don't believe it's helpful or particularly accurate to point fingers at government. What we've seen worldwide, for example in Australia, is a pressure on commodity prices as people believe they see Chinese growth slowing."
Godsell praised the government for prioritising and nurturing mining over the past decade, in contrast to the first 10 years after apartheid when it was seen as "yesterday's industry, a sunset industry. I'm glad to see that change".
This is not the first crisis, he added. The gold sector was in dire trouble in the 1980s, also a time of deep political turmoil in South Africa, but still managed to bounce back.
But 19 years after the end of white minority rule workers' frustrations and expectations are higher than ever. The typical South African mineworker has eight dependants, many of whom live far from the mines in remote rural areas. Despite above-inflation pay increases in recent years, the worst-paid still only make close to 4,000 rand (£270) a month.
Today's malaise is a manifestation of historical problems that have never been solved. Moeletsi Mbeki, a leading political economist, said: "People forget that the mining industry is 140 to 150 years old and its foundation was migrant labour and cheap labour. This model has not changed. The mining companies want to preserve the cheap labour system but in any country you can't expect the workers to accept the conditions of 100 years ago."
The brutality of colonialism and apartheid are no longer viable, he added. "You can't sustain the use of force that has been the character of the mining industry. The workers themselves are now voters and much more politically savvy."
Mbeki, brother of former president Thabo Mbeki, predicted that shrinkage of the mining sector is inevitable. "It is going to mechanise and reduce the size of the labour force. It will employ fewer and fewer workers. So we have to revive and redesign our manufacturing industry so mechanisation does not mean loss of jobs, it just means redistribution of jobs to engineering, where the machines are made."

AIDS/HIV: Bio-Weapon Virus for Depopulation of Africa

AIDS: ‘The Manufactured Virus’

Ninety-First Congress
First Session Subcommittee on Department of Defense
George H. Mahon, Texas, Chairman
Robert L.F. Sikes, Florida, Glenard P. Lipscomb, California
Jamie D. Whitten, Mississippi William E. Minshall, Ohio
George W. Andrews, Alabama, John J. Rhodes, Arizona
Daniel J. Flood, Pennsylvania Glenn R. Davis, Wisconsin
John M. Slack, West Virginia, Joseph P. Addabbo, New York
Frank E. Evans, Colorado
Temporarily assigned H.B. 15090 PART 5
Department of the Army
Statement of Director, Advanced Research Project Agency
Statement of Director, Defense Research and Engineering
Printed for the use of the Committee on Appropriations
There are two things about the biological agent field I would like to mention. One is the possibility of technological surprise. Molecular biology is a field that is advancing very rapidly and eminent biologists believe that within a period of 5 to 10 years it would be possible to produce a synthetic biological agent, an agent that does not naturally exist and for which no natural immunity could have been acquired.
MR. SIKES. Are we doing any work in that field?
DR. MACARTHUR. We are not.
MR. SIKES. Why not? Lack of money or lack of interest?
DR. MACARTHUR. Certainly not lack of interest.
MR. SIKES. Would you provide for our records information on what would be required, what the advantages of such a program would be. The time and the cost involved?
DR. MACARTHUR. We will be very happy to. The information follows:
The dramatic progress being made in the field of molecular biology led us to investigate the relevance of this field of science to biological warfare. A small group of experts considered this matter and provided the following observations:
1. All biological agents up the the present time are representitives of naturally occurring disease, and are thus known by scientists throughout the world. They are easily available to qualified scientists for research, either for offensive or defensive purposes.
2. Within the next 5 to 10 years, it would probably be possible to make a new infective microorganism which could differ in certain important aspects from any known disease-causing organisms. Most important of these is that it might be refractory to the immunological and therapeutic processes upon when we depend to maintain our relative freedom from infectious disease.
3. A research program to explore the feasibility of this could be completed in approximately 5 years at a total cost of $10 million.
4. It would be very difficult to establish such a program. Molecular biology is a relatively new science. There are not many highly competent scientisis in the field., almost all are in university laboratories, and they are generally adequately supported from sources other than DOD. However, it was considered possible to initiate an adequate program through the National Academy of sciences – National Research Council (NAS-NRC, and tentative plans were made to initiate the program. However decreasing funds in CB, growing criticism of the CB program., and our reluctance to involve the NAS NRC in such a controversial endeavor have led us to postpone it for the past 2 years.
It is a highly controversial issue and there are many who believe such research should not be undertaked lest it lead to yet another method of massive killing of large populations. On the other hand, without the sure scientific knowledge that such a weapon is possible, and an understanding of the ways it could be done. there is little that can be done to devise defensive measures. Should an enemy develop it there is little doubt that this is an important area of potential military technological inferiority in which there is no adequate research program.
To the President and Congress of the United States:
I have the honor to transmit for your consideration the Final Report, containing the findings and recommendations, of the Commission on Population Growth and the American Future, pursuant to Sec. 8, PL 91-213.
After two years of concentrated effort, we have concluded that, in the long run, no substantial benefits will result from further growth of the Nation’s population, rather that the gradual stabilization of our population through voluntary means would contribute significantly to the Nation’s ability to solve its problems. We have looked for, and have not found, any convincing economic argument for continued population growth. The health of our country does not depend on it, nor does the vitality of business nor the welfare of the average person.
The recommendations offered by this Commission are directed towards increasing public knowledge of the causes and please=”consequences of population change, facilitating and guiding the processes of population movement, maximizing information about human reproduction and its consequences for the family, and enabling individuals to avoid unwanted fertility.
To these ends we offer this report in the hope that our findings and recommendations will stimulate serious consideration of an issue that is of great consequence to present and future generations.
Respectfully submitted for the Commission,
John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Chairman The President of the Senate

Origin of AIDS - Genocide or Experiment Gone Wrong? ... FUTURE: PL91-213” President Nixon Sign Law to CreateAIDS for Genocide and Depopulation

by Boyd E. Graves, J.D.

It is hard to believe the public law that authorized AIDS will be thirty one years old next week. Even more remarkable, that in a score and a half, no one has ever read it!

On March 16, 1970, following significant world events both in medicine and politics, President Richard Milhouse Nixon signed into law the U.S. policy to protect America's future by "stabilizing" the population of Sub-Sahara Africa. The history leading to the politics is relevant in our further presentation of the "research logic"Flow Chart of the federal virus program.

On April 4, 1969, President Richard Nixon did not want to be late. He had been there many times before, but today was special. He wanted the scientific and medical communities from around the world to hear and see his presence as our military scientists and doctors announced, 'they could effectively make AIDS.' It was Fort Detrick, Maryland and the ethnic nature of the work would not be printed until November '70.

Unbeknownst to the American people, the Special Virus program had been underway since November, 1961. In a real sense, the current trillion dollar 'tax' "give back" to U.S. taxpayers, is in essence the benefit of our sharpened ability to kill humans for a better tomorrow for our financial investment in our trust in God.

The 1971 Flow Chart proves the United States sought to co-mingle animal viruses (Visna) that had never before been seen in human disease. Thus, at what point did the population projections of Africa necessitate this "long standing secret virus program?" It appears that shortly after WW2, and the importation of the German (Operation Paperclip) and Japanese biological experts, the U.S. State Department wrote a top secret memo under the pen of George W. McKennan. The United States knew in 1948 it had to 'devise a scheme' to implant the German Visna in the human population and assist the Black population in copulating itself into extinction.

Why? Why? Why would the 'so-called' greatest "people-oriented" country in the history of the world have an Oz-like curtain behind which reveals a twisted, evil social structure so contrary to the very fabric of the core Constitutional foundations?

As Zbigniev Brezinski says in his classic 1978 National Security Council Memorandum #46: "Africa's resources remain our "highest priority""! (Translation: If we allow the Africans to use of all their own diamonds and gold, we won't have anything physical to show that we are not available for sex for others.)

So what we have done over the last fifty three years is come up with a way to make it appear that Africa's people are "sexually nasty". Thus African deaths are palatable. These people are dying solely because of their behavior. Sort of the same thing that happened to homosexuals.

In other words, we are going to secretly make AIDS and not tell you, so if you never stray from 'monogamous missionary', you won't have anything to worry about. Yeah, yeah, mr. government, please give us more concocted social skills tests that end in state death. Even though you can't see it now, we will all be crucified.

But as it was, Nixon helicoptered back down to the Wh--- House and got busy. They were going to do it. No more White on White crime, we are going to get those darkies. Adolph was wrong, why check for foreskins to determine who your enemy is when you need only look toward his (face).

Wasting no time to get to waste Blacks, in May 1969, Nixon authorized the United Nations Association of the United States of America to issue the first of the U.S. policy decisions carving out a U.S future world with Africa's resources void her people.

On June 9, The Pentagon informed the U.S. Congress and presto, there it is. The trickster's manifesto as to why we would quickly need something like AIDS (which we had just made).
President Nixon's "Special Message to the Congress on Problems of Population Growth" 7/18/69 is the crown jewel of the ideology of eugenics and racism. Again, though, who could possibly have known and have been able to see through this government matrix? Reflect back that we were distracted frequently throughout the entire decade of the 60's and 70's. Kennedy, King, Kennedy (KKK) and Vietnam.

A very strong case builds that the desire to introduce Visna (wasting) into humans is the direct result of the true tilt of the ethnic/social landscape to the detriment of racial and social minorities.

With Nixon's law authorizing eugenics czar, John D. Rockefeller, III to lead the charge to cull the Black population, the U.S. Congress is dog-tied from citizen overview of the Population Commission ("COMMISSION"). AIDS is official U.S. policy. However, it is only outlined until the end of the 20th Century. Our call for review is just, it is our union which is imperfect.
Join our petition call for immediate review of the 1971 Flow Chartand 15 progress reports of the U.S. federal virus program, the Special Virus.
By reviewing this program we conclude this is our best chance to most effectively and directly begin the universal collaboration to dismantle this synthetic biological agent we have come to call AIDS.

I see a brightening American and united world future, of course, band-aids of truth everywhere, and ultimately, a humanity on the mend.

AIDS/HIV: Bio-Weapon Virus for Depopulation of Africa

"Smallpox vaccine triggered AIDS virus."

On May 11, 1987, The London Times, one of the world's most respected newspapers, published an explosive article entitled, "Smallpox vaccine triggered AIDS virus." The story suggested the smallpox eradication vaccine program sponsored by the WHO was responsible for unleashing AIDS in Africa. Almost 100 million Africans living in central Africa were inoculated by the WHO. The vaccine was held responsible for awakening a "dormant" AIDS virus infection on the continent.

An advisor to the WHO admitted, "Now I believe the smallpox vaccine theory is the explanation for the explosion of AIDS." Robert Gallo, M,D., the co-discoverer of HIV, told The Times, "The link between the WHO program and the epidemic is an interesting and important hypothesis. I cannot say that it actually happened, but I have been saying for some years that the use of live vaccines such as that used for smallpox can activate a dormant infection such as HIV." Despite the tremendous importance of this story, the U.S. media was totally silent on the report, and Gallo never spoke of it again.
In September 1987, at a conference sponsored by the National Health Federation in Monrovia, California, William Campbell Douglass, M.D., bluntly blamed the WHO for murdering Africa with the AIDS virus. In a widely circulated reprint of his talk entitled "W.H.O. Murdered Africa" , he accused the organization of encouraging virologists and molecular biologists to work with deadly animal viruses in an attempt to make an immunosuppressive hybrid virus that would be deadly to humans. From the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (Volume 47, p.259, 1972), he quoted a passage that stated: "An attempt should be made to see if viruses can in fact exert selective effects on immune function. The possibility should be looked into that the immune response to the virus itself may be impaired if the infecting virus damages, more or less selectively, the cell responding to the virus." According to Douglass, "That's AIDS. What the WHO is saying in plain English is Let's cook up a virus that selectively destroys the T-cell system of man, an acquired immune deficiency.'"

London Times

Smallpox vaccine 'triggered Aids virus'


The Aids epidemic may have been triggered by the mass vaccination campaign which eradicated smallpox. The World Health Organization, which masterminded the 13-year campaign, is studying new scientific evidence suggesting that immunization with the smallpox vaccine Vaccinia awakened the unsuspected, dormant human immuno defence virus infection (HIV).

Some experts fear that in obliterating one disease, another disease was transformed from a minor endemic illness of the Third World into the current pandemic. While doctors now accept that Vaccinia can activate other viruses, they are divided about whether it was the main catalyst to the Aids epidemic.

But an adviser to WHO who disclosed the problem, told The Times: 'I thought it was just a coincidence until we studied the latest findings about the reactions which can be caused by Vaccinia. Now I believe the smallpox vaccine theory is the explanation to the explosion of Aids.' 'In obliterating one disease, another was transformed.'

Further evidence comes from the Walter Reed Army Medical Centre in Washington. While smallpox vaccine is no longer kept for public health purposes, new recruits to the American armed services are immunized as a precaution against possible biological warfare. Routine vaccination of a 19-year-old recruit was the trigger for stimulation of dormant HIV virus into Aids.

This discovery of how people with subclinical HIV infection are at risk of rapid development of Aids as a vaccine-induced disease was made by a medical team working with Dr Robert Redfield at Walter Reed. The recruit who developed Aids after vaccination had been healthy throughout high school. He was given multiple immunizations, followed by his first smallpox vaccination.

Two and a half weeks later he developed fever, headaches, neck stiffness and night sweats. Three weeks later he was admitted to Walter Reed suffering from meningitis and rapidly developed further symptoms of Aids and died after responding for a short time to treatment. There was no evidence that the recruit had been involved in any homosexual activity.
In describing their discovery in a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine a fortnight ago, the Walter Reed team gave a warning against a plan to use modified versions of the smallpox vaccine to combat other diseases in developing countries.
Other doctors who accept the connection between the anti-smallpox campaign and the Aids epidemic now see answers to questions which had baffled them. How, for instance, the Aids organism, previously regarded by scientists as 'weak, slow and vulnerable,' began to behave like a type capable of creating a plague.
Many experts are reluctant to support the theory publicly because they believe it would be interpreted unfairly as criticism of WHO. In addition, they are concerned about the impact on other public health campaigns with vaccines, such as against diptheria and the continued use of Vaccinia in potential Aids research.
The coincidence between the anti-smallpox campaign and the rise of Aids was discussed privately last year by experts at WHO. The possibility was dismissed on grounds of unsatisfactory evidence. Advisors to the organization believed then that too much attention was being focussed on Aids by the media.
It is now felt that doubts would have risen sooner if public health authorities in Africa had more willingly reported infection statistics to WHO. Instead, some African countries continued to ignore the existence of Aids even after US doctors alerted the world when the infection spread to the United States.
However, as epidemiologists gleaned more information about Aids from reluctant Central African countries, clues began to emerge from the new findings when examined against the wealth of detail known about smallpox as recorded in the Final Report of the Global Commission for the Certification of Smallpox Eradication.
The smallpox vaccine theory would account for the position of each of the seven Central African states which top the league table of most-affected countries; why Brazil became the most afflicted Latin American country; and how Haiti became the route for the spread of Aids to the US. It also provides an explanation of how the infection was spread more evenly between males and females in Africa than in the West and why there is less sign of infection among five to 11-year-olds in Central Africa.
Although no detailed figures are available, WHO information indicated that the Aids league table of Central Africa matches the concentration of vaccinations. The greatest spread of HIV infection coincides with the most intense immunization programmes, with the number of people immunised being as follows: Zaire 36,878,000; Zambia 19,060,000; Tanzania 14,972,000; Uganda 11,616,000; Malawai 8,118,000; Ruanda 3,382,000 and Burundi 3,274,000.
Brazil, the only South American country covered in the eradication campaign, has the highest incidence of Aids in that region. About 14,000 Haitians, on United Nations secondment to Central Africa, were covered in the campaign.They began to return home at a time when Haiti had become a popular playground for San Francisco homosexuals.
Dr Robert Gello, who first identified the Aids virus in the US, told The Times: 'The link between the WHO programme and the epidemic in Africa is an interesting and important hypothesis. 'I cannot say that it actually happened, but I have been saying for some years that the use of live vaccines such as that used for smallpox can activate a dormant infection such as HIV. 'No blame can be attached to WHO, but if the hypothesis is correct it is a tragic situation and a warning that we cannot ignore.'
Aids was first officially reported from San Francisco in 1981 and it was about two years later before Central African states were implicated. It is now known that these states had become a reservoir of Aids as long ago as the later 1970s.
Although detailed figures of Aids cases in Africa are difficult to collect, the more than two million carriers, and 50,000 deaths, estimated by the World Health Organization are concentrated in the Countries where the smallpox immunization programme was most intensive. The 13-year eradication campaign ended in 1980, with the saving of two million lives a year and 15 million infections. The global saving from eradication has been put at dollars 1,000 million a year.
Charity and health workers are convinced that millions of new Aids cases are about to hit southern Africa. After a meeting of 50 experts near Geneva this month it was revealed that up to 75 million, one third of the population, could have the disease within the next five years.
Some organizations which have closely studied Africa, such as War on Want, believe that South Africa's black population, so far largely protected from the disease, could be most affected as migrant workers bring it into the country from the worst hit areas further north. The apartheid policy, they predict, will intensify its outbreak by confining the groups into comparatively small, highly populated towns where it will be almost impossible to contain its spread.
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Boyd Ed Graves, J.D. discovered the United States' secret 1971 Special Virus FlowChart in 1999 and changed the world forever.
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