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ScawDispatchLive reports that lawyers representing hundreds of sick and dying Eastern Cape workers who were former employees of the now-defunct Dimbaza Foundries have lodged a compensation claim at the Gauteng High Court against the Scaw Metals Group.  

A court date for the class action is expected to be decided on next month.  Workers say 191 of their colleagues at the foundry have died since it closed, while more than 200 are seriously ill with diseases caused by manganism as a result of chronic exposure to manganese.  In a further allegation, the workers claim that since they started agitating for compensation, Scaw has returned to the defunct Dimbaza Foundries building and has stripped the site of metal.  Workers accused the company of trying to remove evidence.  But Scaw spokeswoman Dudu Ndlovu said last week that they were not aware of the class action  “We will make further enquiries and determine the nature of the action before we can respond,” she indicated.  She added that the site demolition was being undertaken in terms of the decommissioning authorisation issued by the Eastern Cape department of economic development, environment affairs and tourism and was in compliance with the law.  The Dimbaza plant, which manufactured steel for mining and other projects, mostly employed workers from Dimbaza township and areas surrounding King William’s Town.

  • Read this report by Bongani Fuzile in full at DispatchLive

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