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minerBusinessLive reports that a settlement estimated at about R5bn is expected to be concluded early in 2018 by six mining companies following a class action brought by mine workers suffering from silicosis and occupational tuberculosis.  

The six companies are African Rainbow Minerals, Anglo American, AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Harmony and Sibanye Stillwater.  The past and present workers have claimed damages from 32 gold-mining companies for contracting these illnesses while working on the mines during the period 1965 to date.  Those involved in the litigation instituted in 2012 say that a settlement of the case with the six companies is "imminent".  In May 2016, the high court gave the go-ahead for the class action, which if successful could benefit about 100,000 people.  The action was brought by lawyer Richard Spoor, law firm Abrahams Kiewitz and the Legal Resources Centre.  Spoor said that R5bn was the provision set aside by the six companies and that the value of the final settlement amount would be disclosed later.  He also said that no agreement had been concluded, but that there was a draft agreement on the table.

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