UASA welcomes the historic settlement of the silicosis en TB class action litigation that played itself out over the past three years, South Africa’s largest class action suit to date.
UASA’s representative at the signing of the settlement, Franz Stehring, says although the individual pay-outs are probably not ideal, the fact that miners who suffered lung afflictions for decades will at last be compensated for their suffering is the salient point.
It must be kept in mind that this is merely a settlement and that court cases pertaining to the matter may continue for years to come.
UASA will comment on the details of the discussion on alignment of the settlement with the Department of Health compensation system as soon as more information becomes available.
The six mining companies involved are Harmony Gold, Gold Fields, African Rainbow Minerals, Sibanye-Stillwater, AngloGold Ashanti and Anglo American. Anglo American no longer has gold assets but historically was a bullion producer.
For further enquiries or to set up a personal interview, contact Franz Stehring at 082 806 5164