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minerBusiness Report writes that the out-of-court settlement for the silicosis and tuberculosis class action brought against six gold mining companies could be signed in the next six months.  

Graham Briggs, convener of the Occupational Lung Diseases Working Group, told journalists on Wednesday that lawyers for the mines and the former mineworkers were close to signing the settlement.  “We will hopefully get the settlement signed in six months,” said Briggs, adding that this was a move to solve a 100-year-old problem.  Mining companies set aside R5billion towards compensation in November for thousands of miners who contracted TB and silicosis, a lung disease caused by the inhalation of dust containing silica.  The R5bn would be a “top-up” to the R3.5bn compensation set aside by the government through the Department of Health to pay former mineworkers who contracted silicosis in gold mines.  In 2016, lawyers, including Richard Spoor, brought the class action against Harmony Gold, Gold Fields, AngloGold Ashanti, African Rainbow Minerals, Anglo American SA and Sibanye-Stillwater for employees who had contracted TB and silicosis.  The gold mining companies came together and established the Mining Industry Working Group on Occupational Lung Diseases to handle the matter.  In January, lawyers from both parties postponed the court case pending negotiations.

  • Read this report by Dineo Faku in full at Business Report
  • Read too, Suffering gold miners near journey’s end as R9bn payout beckons, at Miningmx

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