Historic Settlement Made in South African Miners' Silicosis Case

The Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg has approved a landmark R5 billion (U.S.$351,534,619) settlement agreement in the protracted class-action case centred around former miners who developed silicosis after working in gold mines. 14 mining companies attached to the case have applied to the Supreme Court of Appeal for leave to appeal the ruling.

Zwelakhe Dala died on 30 March 2015. He was 55 years old and suffering from silicosis. He worked on the gold mines for 28 years and received no compensation when he got sick. “It is too painful. If my husband was not working on the mines, he would still be alive.” says his wife, Nosipho (pictured).


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