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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

SILICOSIS AND TUBERCULOSIS CLASS ACTION: APPLICATION TO COURT FOR APPROVAL OF SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

Compliance with order of court dated 13 December 2018

The documents below are published in compliance with the order of court dated 13 December 2018:

Copies of the Notice in Afrikaans, Chichewa, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Ndebele, Portuguese, sePedi, seSotho, seTswana, siSwati and xiTsonga are available under resources

Approval Application:

PLEASE BE PATIENT

It will still take a few months before the fund can pay compensation because the court has to approve the settlement agreement. The fund will communicate when it is ready.

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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.

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Johannesburg, 13 December 2018. In the first step in the court application aimed at making the silicosis and TB class action settlement agreement an order of court, the Johannesburg High Court today issued a court order setting out the processes in terms of which members of the settling classes and any interested parties should be invited to show cause why the settlement should not be made an order of court.

This follows the signing of the settlement agreement by the parties to this statement on 3 May 2018.

The second part of the court process is a further hearing during which the court will consider arguments by the parties to the settlement as well as arguments by other interested parties who are granted leave by the court to participate. This second hearing’s purpose is to determine the fairness and reasonableness of the settlement. The second hearing has been scheduled for 29 to 31 May 2019. If no one notifies the court that they wish to object to the settlement agreement being made an order of court, the matter is scheduled to be heard earlier, on 3 April 2019.

The requirement that any class action settlement should be approved by the court was set out in the 13 May 2016 class action certification judgment issued by the same court.

The parties to the court application are 48 representatives of the settling classes, who are represented by Richard Spoor Inc, Abrahams Kiewitz Inc and the Legal Resources Centre, and the companies that are members of the Occupational Lung Disease Working Group - African Rainbow Minerals, Anglo American SA, AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Harmony and Sibanye-Stillwater and some of their affiliates. Detail of the settlement agreement can be found at www.silicosissettlement.co.za/about

Both the court order granted today and the settlement agreement set out steps that will need to be followed from this point.

Newspaper notices and radio advertisements that have been approved by the court will be published and broadcast, respectively, in certain newspapers and radio stations in South Africa and its neighbouring countries. The notices will also be available in various offices and mines where members of the settling classes and interested parties may see them, advising those parties how they may make representations to the court.

The parties to the settlement agreement seek an order from the Johannesburg High Court approving the settlement agreement. This will enable the parties to fulfill the remaining conditions in the settlement agreement, leading ultimately to the establishment of a trust that will be responsible for making payments to all eligible beneficiaries.

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

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

Charmane Russell
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T: +27 (0) 11 880 3924
M: +27 82 372 5816