A private law firm representing victims and their families in the silicosis and tuberculosis class action case has begun the process to prepare applications for compensation for mineworkers.
The law firm involved in the Silicosis class action case has sought to explain the process going forward following the landmark judgment.
The National Union of Mineworkers (Num) in the Free State has called for a speedy process to compensate the thousands of former gold miners who contracted silicosis in South African mines and their dependants.
Cosatu says it will soon begin a process of identifying the victims of silicosis and pulmonary tuberculosis to determine the extent of their claims against the gold mining companies.
The High Court in Johannesburg has approved an historic R5 billion settlement in the silicosis case.
The claimants’ attorneys in the silicosis and TB class action litigation and the Occupational Lung Disease Working Group and its seven member companies will give details on developments in respect of the negotiations between them.
The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has announced a 37% fall in mine deaths as safety improves.
The African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape has welcomed the R5 billion class action settlement with law firms representing thousands of miners who contracted the fatal lung diseases silicosis and tuberculosis.
Thousands of mineworkers who contracted silicosis and TB are expected to receive a total of five-billion rand in compensation, following a class action settlement between major gold producers and firms representing the miners.
There are weaknesses within the compensation system for ailing mine workers. We expose mining companies’ alleged deliberate non-disclosure of former employers’ illnesses, particularly lung diseases.