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coalMining Weekly reports that the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) Justice and Peace Commission and Richard Spoor Attorneys say coal miners are the next in line to seek compensation for occupational lung diseases.  

"The battle to secure justice for sick miners in South Africa is not over.  We are working with Richard Spoor Attorneys to demand compensation from coal mines on behalf of former mineworkers who contracted deadly lung diseases in the coal mines,” SACBC Justice and Peace Commission chairperson Bishop Gabuza said in a statement on Friday.  This followed Richard Spoor on Thursday revealing that such legal action was being pursued on a company-by-company basis, including against Sasol and Exxaro Resources.  Gabuza appealed to coal mining companies “to emulate the example of gold mining companies” by considering “out-of-court settlements and compensation levels that are sufficient to restore dignity to former workers.”  On Thursday, six gold mining companies signed a class action settlement that would go towards establishing a R5.2bn trust fund to compensate gold miners afflicted with silicosis and tuberculosis.  The settlement was a result of years of extensive negotiations.  The SACBC intends to set up a mechanism in remote rural areas in the Free State and Eastern Cape to ensure thousands of sick miners have access to and benefit from the trust fund within its 12-year lifespan.

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