In October 2015, former workers on South Africa's gold mines took more than 30 companies to court. The mine workers asked the South Gauteng High Court for permission to bring a class action against the companies, on behalf of all miners who have silicosis and tuberculosis (TB) as a result of their exposure to silica dust since 1965, and of the families of all miners who have died of silicosis and TB. Here are articles relevant to this court case that GroundUp has published.
On 26 July 2019 the Gauteng High Court approved a R5 billion settlement agreement between miners and six large mining companies. This is how you can register for a claim:
You qualify if:
Judgment delivered on 13 May 2016: Miners win case for class certification
Day one and two (12 and 13 October): Sick miners in court for landmark silicosis case
Day three (14 October): Court hears whether silicosis miners can bring class action
Day four (15 October): Silicosis: mining companies hit back in court
Day five (16 October): Unfortunately we were unable to report on day five.
Day six (19 October): Mines not liable for TB, silicosis hearing told
Day seven (20 October): Silicosis: Anglo American joins the fray
Day eight (21 October): Anglo American plays the race card
Day nine (22 October): Mines are being obstructive, say miners’ lawyers