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minerReuters reports that the class action brought by thousands of mineworkers who contracted silicosis and tuberculosis while working for South African gold mining companies has been postponed because the parties are close to a settlement, lawyers for the companies said on Wednesday.  

A High Court ruling in 2016 set the stage for protracted proceedings on cases dating back decades in the largest class action suit yet in SA.  African Rainbow Minerals, Anglo American SA, AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Harmony Gold and Sibanye Stillwater are listed as respondents.  Attorneys representing all parties involved in the suit had requested the postponement, the lawyers for the companies said in a statement, adding that settlement negotiations were at an "advanced stage".  The case had been scheduled to be heard from 19 March.  The Working Group on Occupational Lung Disease, which represents the six gold mining firms, said last year that a provision for a settlement of around R5-billion had been made.

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