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handshake thumb medium90 90City Press reports that claimants in the silicosis and tuberculosis class action say they are relieved the matter is reaching closure after a historic settlement between their legal representatives and gold mines was reached the week before last.  

This comes after the Legal Resources Centre, Abrahams Kiewitz Attorneys and Richard Spoor Attorneys, on behalf of thousands of mine workers, reached a settlement with the Occupational Lung Disease Working Group, which will see compensation paid to eligible mine workers who are suffering from silicosis and tuberculosis – including the relatives of those who have since died from the diseases.  The class action settlement is worth R5 billion and comes after three years of intense negotiations between the parties.  For the mine workers and their families, the settlement brings a sigh of relief.  This report goes on to relate the personal stories of three Eastern Cape families who will benefit from the settlement.  But, Nowinile Mankayi (98), the mother of a late mine worker, is worried that she would also die before her son’s compensation is paid.  “Those mines must pay up now.  What are they waiting for?  My son dedicated his life to working a thankless job, and he died poor and miserable.  At least his children will be taken care of. He cannot die in vain,” she said.

  • Read this report by Lubabalo Ngcukana in full at Fin24
  • Read too, Suffering litigants rejoice over mining houses’ R5-billion silicosis settlement, at Mail & Guardian
  • And also, Silicosis: Too late for some as gold mines pay up, at Mail & Guardian

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