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goldbarsMining Weekly reports that the historic silicosis settlement reached between the Occupational Lung Disease Working Group and the Legal Resources Centre has become effective.  

The settlement followed almost five years of negotiations between the working group – representing gold miners African Rainbow Minerals, Anglo American SA, AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Harmony and Sibanye-Stillwater – and the centre representing the claimants.  The Johannesburg High Court in July last year approved the settlement agreement reached by the parties, but before it could become effective class members were given the right to opt out of the agreement if they so wished.  The prescribed 90-day opt-out period ended on 24 November last year, following which the opt-out submissions were subjected to an independent audit.  The outcome was that only three class members chose to opt out.  The agreement provides for compensation to all eligible gold mine workers, or their dependants, suffering from silicosis and those who contracted work-related tuberculosis.  The working group said on Tuesday that as the agreement was now unconditional, the Tshiamiso Trust could undergo board appointments.  The trust was registered in November last year to oversee the processing of claims and payment of benefits to those eligible.

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