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gavel thumb100 BusinessLive reports that the Johannesburg High Court on Thursday provisionally approved the R5bn settlement reached between mining companies and workers suffering from silicosis and other occupational lung diseases.  

However, before the settlement agreement can be made an order of court, interested parties have to be given an opportunity to object, or opt out.  The historic settlement was reached in May 2018 after three years of extensive negotiations between the workers and the companies — African Rainbow Minerals, Anglo American SA, AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Harmony and Sibanye-Stillwater.  Only once the court has issued an order to approve the settlement can a trust be established to pay eligible beneficiaries.  Richard Spoor, who represents the workers, said the process, while required in a class-action like this, meant the matter was likely to be drawn out for another six months before workers would see any compensation.

  • Read Lisa Steyn’s full report on this story at BusinessLive
  • Read too, High Court sets out process to action against silicosis, TB settlement agreement, at Mining Weekly

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