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miner thumb medium90 104GroundUp reports that a settlement between thousands of ill gold miners and the gold mining industry is possible before the end of the year, according to one of the attorneys for the mineworkers.  

Upwards of 100,000 mineworkers and former mineworkers, and their dependents, are claiming damages for contracting silicosis and/or TB from exposure to dust underground.  The class action has been certified for trial by the South Gauteng High Court.  Richard Spoor, who represents the mineworkers, told the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources that he was “reasonably confident” that the two-year negotiation over a settlement of the class action litigation would be concluded before the end of 2017.  The settlement will be recorded in a Trust Deed signed by the gold mines and the mineworkers’ attorneys, and the deed will be registered with the Master of the High Court.  The gold mines will pay into a Trust Fund to compensate the workers.  Two of the largest of the top six gold mining companies have already set aside a total of about R1.76bn for this purpose.  Spoor said that the Settlement Fund would have enough money to operate over ten to 15 years, and would be responsible for tracking, screening and compensating claimants.

  • Read this report by Pete Lewis in full at GroundUp

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