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minerCity Press reports that the long-awaited settlement for former gold mine workers with lung diseases will apparently be between R70,000 and R500,000 per person.  

Spokesman for the mines, Alan Fine, denied this late on Friday and said that there was no settlement yet, but that there might be one soon.  These were, however, the figures presented to unions in Johannesburg on Friday and would most likely be sent to the Pretoria High Court for approval within the next month.  Coincidentally, SA’s controversial separate statutory system for compensating mine workers with lung diseases will this month be increasing its payouts for the first time in almost a decade.  The maximum state payout to mine workers disabled by an occupational diseases will now be a once-off amount of R140,506, which will be almost 40% more than the R105,012 it has been stuck at since 2009.  However, even this long-delayed increase will still amount to a decrease in the real value of the compensation.  The minimum payout has increased from R34 458 to R46 105.  For a fatal and incurable disease such as silicosis, an ill mineworker will be entitled to at least R116,000 and at most R640,000.

Read this report by Dewald van Rensburg in full at Fin24


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