So. Africa: Ex-Anglo American & Anglo Gold Ashanti miners suffering from silicosis receive payout of over $5 million

Author: Peter Lewis, Ground Up, on All Africa, Published on: 15 September 2017

"South Africa: R66 Million Paid Out to Former Miners With Silicosis", 14 Sep 2017

More than R66 million [around $5 million] has been paid out to former mineworkers suffering from silicosis and related diseases through the Q(h)ubeka Trust set up last year. (Note: This is a separate, albeit related, matter to the silicosis class action court case.)…

The trust was set up after Zanele Mbuyisa of Mbuyisa Neale Attorneys, working with Richard Meeran of the human rights law firm Leigh Day and Co, based in London, announced an out-of-court settlement of litigation by 4,365 former mineworkers with occupational lung disease…

Claimants had varying degrees of disability caused by scarring of the lung by tiny silica particles inhaled as they worked in gold mines owned by Anglo-American and Anglogold Ashanti operations... A staggering 500 of them died during the litigation, forfeiting any access to justice and reparation. This settlement followed a previous confidential settlement in 2013 which ended nine years of litigation against Anglo American on behalf of 23 former workers from President Steyn gold mine…

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Related companies: Anglo American AngloGold Ashanti