Court Rules on TB/Silicosis Contracted in SA Mines

and were the millions of miners who have become ill working in South Africa`s mines, diagnosed with silicosis-induced TB or with AIDS? Is AIDS an umbrella label?

re posted from                                 GroundUp


Landmark silicosis settlement made order of court

26 July 2019   By Tania Broughton

“This agreement can never make full redress for the loss and harm suffered by gold mine workers and their families and communities over the last 100 years,” says judge

26 July 2019 – By Tania Broughton

There was a lot of “give and take” from both sides, but the settlement agreement, which has resulted in a R5 billion compensation fund for gold miners afflicted with Silicosis and TB, was as near to perfect as possible.

“In the end, some people may get less than what they could, and others more. But when you are negotiating on behalf of anything between 100,000 and 500,000 claimants, we believe we came to the best conclusion,” the Legal Resource Centre’s constitutional law expert and settlement negotiator Carina du Toit told GroundUp.

The class action was given a judicial nod in May 2016.

While all 14 mining companies applied to the Supreme Court of Appeal for leave to appeal this ruling, the big six — African Rainbow Minerals, Anglo American SA, AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Harmony and Sibanye-Stillwater — decided to sit around the negotiating table with the lawyers for the claimants.

“There was some urgency,” du Toit said,

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