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minerBusinessLive reports that in a clear sign that a multibillion-rand settlement between gold mining companies and lawyers representing tens of thousands of former mine workers with silicosis is near, both sides have asked for and have been granted a postponement of an appeal at the Supreme Court of Appeal.  

The settlement, estimated to be in the region of R5bn, will be paid into a trust that will be used to locate about 100,000 former mine workers with the crippling lung disease caused by inhaling silica dust in gold mines.  The trust will assess their health and make payments to them.  The parties said in a letter dated 15 December 2017 that all the appellants and all the respondents had requested the indefinite postponement of an appeal brought by the mining companies against a court ruling that the matter could be classified as a class action because "most of the parties are engaged in good faith settlement negotiations which have reached an advanced stage".  The class action against African Rainbow Minerals, Anglo American SA, AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Harmony and Sibanye Stillwater was launched in 2012 for past and current workers afflicted by silicosis and occupational tuberculosis.  It was brought by well-known human rights lawyer Richard Spoor,

  • Read this report by Allan Seccombe in full at BusinessLive
  • See too, Court approves postponement of silicosis case, at Fin24

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