The bittersweet taste of Swazi sugar

screenhunter_4167-oct-27-21-36According to a new report from the ITUC about the sugar industry in Swaziland, the country’s absolute monarch uses sugar profits to sweeten his own life, leaving sugar-cane farmers and the majority of the population bitterly impoverished.

Sugar cane production has brought about more human suffering than development in Swaziland. Many people have been evicted and the general conditions in the sugar industry are atrocious. This is the conclusion of a new International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)-report, written by journalist Manqoba Nxumalo and human rights lawyer Sipho Gumedze. Read more of this post

Coca-Cola promises to protect land rights of farmers, also in Swaziland

“The Coca-Cola Company commits to zero tolerance for land grabbing,” Coca-Cola said in a statement last week, the company promising to stop all business dealings with subsidiaries that are involved in land grabs, where land is taken from poor people in developing countries without their consent.

The move comes after 250,000 people had signed a petition in connection with international NGO Oxfam’s campaign for food and beverage companies such as Coca-Cola to respect the land rights of local communities, and Oxfam had “found evidence of land grabs and disputes by companies that supply sugar for Coca-Cola” – the world’s largest buyer of sugar. Read more of this post

Coca-Cola styrer Swaziland, boykot firmaet siger Afrika Kontakt

”Boykot Coca-Cola og fortæl dem hvorfor! – det er den eneste måde at stoppe firmaets reelle støtte til diktaturer og udnyttelse af fattiges arbejdskraft”, siger den danske solidaritetsorganisation Afrika Kontakt.

Coca-Cola er en af verdens absolut mest kendte brands og største firmaer. Over en milliard dåser eller flasker Coca-Cola drikkes om dagen i alt fra downtown New York til små landsbyer i Afrika. At firmaet samtidig udnytter lande og befolkninger i u-landes desperate situation til yderligere at berige sig selv er derimod mindre kendt. Read more of this post

Living on the Coke side of life in Swaziland

Coca-Cola is one of the largest and wealthiest companies in the world, as well as being one of the world’s best-known brands. The desperate situation of the poverty-stricken workers in the sugar cane fields in Swaziland, who harvest the sugar cane that is the most important ingredient of African Coke, on the other hand, is a well kept secret. Their plight is not deemed newsworthy. They live their lives in a brutal and repressive absolute monarchy where King Mswati III and a small elite live in luxury while the majority of Swazis live in abject poverty.  Read more of this post