Miners in South Africa settle with firms over lung diseases

JOHANNESBURG — Lawyers for gold miners in South Africa who got lung diseases while working underground over many decades have reached a compensation agreement in their class action lawsuit against mining companies.

The Legal Resources Centre, a South African group, said Thursday that the deal provides for "meaningful" compensation from the companies, which have estimated the total settlement cost at $395 million.

The companies are African Rainbow Minerals, Anglo American SA, AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Harmony, Sibanye Stillwater and Pan African Resources. Thousands could receive compensation.

Many people who are now sick worked in gold mines during white minority rule, when black miners received inadequate care and were vulnerable to silicosis and tuberculosis.

Safety remains a concern in mining, a pillar of the South African economy that has been in decline.

Peaple also read these

Egypt approves law to govern popular ride-hailing...

May 7, 2018

Egypt's parliament has approved a law to govern popular ride-hailing apps Uber and Careem after the...

El-Sissi denies fat-shaming Egyptians after...

Dec 26, 2018

Egypt's president is denying that he fat-shamed his own people after his recent calls for Egyptians...

Rights group: Egyptian activists targeted in...

Mar 6, 2019

Rights group says dozens of Egyptian activists, rights defenders, journalists targeted by digital...

Egyptian singer banned after claiming lack of...

Mar 23, 2019

An Egyptian singer has been banned from performing in her home country after suggesting that it...

Ethiopia, Eritrea leaders to meet 'soon' in...

Jun 28, 2018

Ethiopia, Eritrea leaders to meet 'soon' amid surprising diplomatic thaw: Foreign minister

About Us

Delivering news from all over the globe, StarJournal keeps you abreast with the greatest minds in science, be it researchers, theorists or even popularizers.

Contact us: sales[at]starjournals.com

Subscribe Now!