Our social development programs are too focused on welfarism and too little on healing the social pain that is overwhelming so many, writes Mamphela Ramphele.
Gold mining company Harmony reduced its losses by over 40% for the 2019 financial year.
The R5bn silicosis settlement, approved in a landmark ruling by the Gauteng High Court last week, is the minimum guaranteed amount payable by the six companies involved, but their liability remains infinite – and the compensation values will rise in line with inflation each year.
The approval by the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg for a landmark R5bn settlement with ill gold miners has been broadly welcomed by the affected parties.
The Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg has approved the historic R5bn settlement agreement in the lengthy silicosis case.
A website and Facebook page have been launched to assist mineworkers and their families in registering their claims for silicosis/TB settlements.
A settlement has been reached according to which mineworkers with silicosis or tuberculosis will be paid out.
Seven mining firms have reached an agreement to settle an historic class action brought on behalf of thousands of mineworkers who contracted the deadly silicosis disease while working underground.
The Supreme Court of Appeal has granted a postponement of a silicosis class action appeal as parties try to settle out of court.
Mining companies facing class action from mine workers who contracted silicosis on South Africa’s gold mines, remain hopeful that there will be an out of court settlement.
While it’s taken more than seven years, the unlikely combination of deep-pocketed US lawyers and SA's silicosis mining victims is finally having some success.
Following a lengthy legal process, the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg recently approved a landmark settlement agreement which will see gold miners affected by silicosis or tuberculosis receiving compensation.
Thousands of miners, ex-employees and dependents of deceased miners will finally receive compensation for suffering through tuberculosis or silicosis because of working underground in South African gold mines.
The six companies will payout R5bn in claims and miners will receive between R70 000 and R500 000, depending on which of four categories they fall into.
Mining groups have asked the Gauteng High Court to approve a R5bn settlement agreement relating to thousands of gold miners affected by silicosis or tuberculosis.
Claimants relieved they will soon be able to get compensation after years of fighting mining companies.
Lawyers say it would be difficult to quantify the exact number of possible claimants to be covered in the R5bn silicosis settlement, and that the majority of them are living in poverty.
A settlement for miners suffering from silicosis will be a better option than litigation, says Graham Briggs, convenor of the Occupational Lung Disease Working Group.
It is unclear how exactly multinational mining giant Anglo American came to the $101m “best estimate” it announced this week for settling its liability in the now 13-year-old legal battle to compensate mine workers suffering from lung diseases.
The story of mineworkers suffering from silicosis.
The six companies that are members of the Occupational Lung Disease Working Group want leave to appeal against a class action certification judgment.
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