By Ncuthukazi Webber
The silicosis case has finally reached settlement with the Gauteng High Court granting a historical R5 billion settlement. This settlement agreement will provide compensation for thousands of miners who contracted lung diseases during their tenure on South African mines.
The court judgment comes after a long period of legal processes. The agreement will compensate gold miners or former gold miners who contracted silicosis or tuberculosis and those who have worked in the mines for a minimum of 2 years since 1965 and contracted one of the diseases.
The mining companies responsible for pay outs include African Rainbow Minerals, Anglo American SA, AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Harmony, and Sibanye Stillwater.
The ruling is deemed to be a pivotal moment in the mining industry as it highlights the importance of workers’ rights. It is projected that the trust will be effective by the end of 2019. The miners will receive R70 000 to R500 000.