Silicosis settlement: Mining companies agree to R500m compensation

FILE: Protesters hold placards during a protest to show their support to fellow miners who filed a lawsuit against mining companies, Johannesburg, 13 October 2015. Photo: EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

JOHANNESBURG - Mineworkers and relatives of deceased ex-miners have won their legal battle against Anglo American and AngloGold.

Lawyers say they've secured a multi-million rand settlement for miners with silicosis.

In 2012, more than 4,000 claimants sued the companies for dust-related lung diseases, silicosis and silico-tuberculosis. 

This settlement is separate from other ongoing class actions that are still awaiting court decisions. 

The mining companies have agreed to pay over R500-million to compensate the victims.

A trust named Qhubeka is to be set up under the settlement.

It will arrange medical evaluations of the claimants locally, to determine if they do indeed suffer from lung disease.


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