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.

The hearing on whether the High Court should approve the settlement agreement reached on 3 May 2018 began on 29 May 2019, in terms of the court’s order of 13 December 2018. Parties to the settlement made submissions to a full bench of the high court, comprising DJP Phineas Mojapelo, Judge Bashir Vally and Judge Leoni Windell, on why the court should approve the settlement. The hearing is schedule to continue on 30 May 2019.

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.

The parties that have reached agreement to settle the silicosis and TB class action in the gold mining industry are concerned to have learned that some potential beneficiaries are being asked for payment by certain individuals, including lawyers, to assist them in registering an interest in claiming from the settlement fund once it is established. It has come to our attention that this is particularly happening in the Eastern Cape.

A new website –  - and a Facebook page – - 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.