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goldbarsFin24 reports that a lawyer representing gold mineworkers who contracted pulmonary diseases while working underground said it would be difficult to quantify the exact number of possible claimants to be covered in the R5bn settlement reached on Thursday.  

“There hasn’t been a study to give a clear indication of how many former mineworkers out there have been affected by silicosis or tuberculosis.  The numbers are huge,” said lawyer Richard Spoor during a media briefing.  The claimants are said to be scattered in far-flung towns and villages across southern Africa, with the majority of them living in poverty.  “Approximately 5,000 claimants have since died,” Spoor indicated.  The trust which will administer the funds would be open for a period of 12 years, to allow claimants to be screened.  The claimants will be divided into ten categories based on the severity of their condition, and they will have to have worked in the companies covered from 12 March 1965 to date.  The defendants of workers who died from tuberculosis or silicosis who worked underground would also be covered, following a screening process to prove the cause of death.

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