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MEDIA RELEASE: Court approves settlement of the silicosis and TB class action

Johannesburg, 26 July 2019 - A full bench of the Johannesburg High Court today approved the settlement of the silicosis and tuberculosis class action suit. The settlement is between the Occupational Lung Disease Working Group - representing African Rainbow Minerals, Anglo American SA, AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Harmony and Sibanye Stillwater, and settlement classes’ representatives as well as the settlement classes’ attorneys Richard Spoor Inc, Abrahams Kiewitz Inc and the Legal Resources Centre.

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What?

Possible compensation for current or ex-gold mine workers or their dependants (wife, child, or life partner) who got sick with silicosis and/or TB.

African Rainbow Minerals, Anglo American, AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Harmony and Sibanye-Stillwater and mineworkers’ lawyers have agreed to a settlement to pay compensation to eligible mineworkers who got sick with silicosis and/or TB while working at one of their mines listed here.

Who?

  • If you are a mineworker who is sick with silicosis or TB and worked at one of the gold mines listed here anytime from 12 March 1965, or
  • If you are a dependant (wife, child or life partner) of a mineworker who got sick with silicosis and/or TB and worked at these gold mines anytime from 12 March 1965, and has died

Very important!

You do not need to pay anybody to help you register for the proposed silicosis and TB settlement benefits. You do not need to travel to Johannesburg to register.
To register is FREE. To claim compensation will be FREE. Any benefit medical examination will be FREE.


We take fraud seriously

It is dishonest for anyone to promise an ex-mineworker or current mineworker or their family members that they will receive compensation from the settlement fund. The settlement has to be approved by the court first. Only then will the Trust be established, and the Trust’s officials will determine if a claim meets the criteria for compensation and will help to process claims.


Those who currently make promises of payment from the settlement fund in order to persuade people to pay them money are not allowed to do so and are not officials of the Trust.

PLEASE BE PATIENT

It will still take a few months. When the last of the legal steps have been completed, the Tshiamiso Trust will be established. The Trust will communicate how to claim compensation.

CAN I REGISTER FOR COMPENSATION?

If you have already registered somewhere you do not need to register again. If not, then you can register on this website or call 080 1000 240. Please do not travel to the mines or Johannesburg. See the FAQ page for more details.

VERY IMPORTANT!

  • To register is FREE.
  • To claim compensation is FREE.
  • Your medical benefit examination will be FREE.
  • You do not need to pay anybody to help you with your claim.

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Johannesburg, 19 June 2018:  A new website – www.SilicosisSettlement.co.za  - and a Facebook page – www.facebook.com/silicosissettlement - have been launched to assist former mineworkers and their dependents who may be entitled to compensation if they worked at one of the six gold-mining companies that have made provisions for a trust to pay mineworkers who contracted silicosis and/or TB at work.

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The historic settlement was reached on 3 May 2018, after three years of extensive negotiations, between the companies and the claimants’ attorneys.  The companies are African Rainbow Minerals, Anglo American SA, AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Harmony and Sibanye-Stillwater – and attorneys Richard Spoor Inc, Abrahams Kiewitz Inc and the Legal Resources Centre who represented thousands of mineworkers and their dependents.

The settlement needs to be approved by the South Gauteng High Court, which could take several months. If and when the settlement has been approved‚ a trust will be set up and the process of compensating ex-mine workers will begin.

Until then, former mineworkers or their dependents may register their details on the mineworker database. Both the website and Facebook page will be updated regularly with relevant information.

In addition, potential claimants and their dependents can make contact with the Call Centre – 080 1000 240 (or +27 801 000 240 from outside South Africa), which can also assist former mineworkers register their claims for statutory compensation under the MBOD.

Website: www.silicosissettlement.co.za

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/silicosissettlement/

Call Centre: 080 1000 240 (or +27 801 000 240 from outside South Africa)

For further information contact:

Alan Fine
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T: +27 (0) 11 880 3924
M: +27 (0) 83 250 0757

Richard Spoor
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M: +27 (0) 83 627 1722

Georgina Jephson
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T: +27 (0) 11 482 6081

Charles Abrahams
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T: +27 (0) 21 914 4842
M: +27 (0) 82 560 7152

Carina du Toit
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T: +27 (0) 11 836 9831
M: +27 (0) 71 603 8292

Katherine Bester
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T: +27 (0) 11 880 3924
M: +27 83 441 0671