Justice for miners with silicosis: Out of court settlement agreed

An out of court settlement of approximately USD400 million (5 billion rand) in relation to the class action, which was first brought in 2012, for mineworkers with silicosis and TB in southern Africa has been agreed. At present the settlement has been agreed between several of the mining companies and lawyers representing the mineworkers, however, this is yet to be approved by the mineworkers themselves and the High Court in South Africa. Amongst the key factors regarding the impact of the settlement are to what extent this is publicized and testing is available in rural areas of South Africa and neighboring countries, where many former mineworkers are now living.

 

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