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23 Apr 2014

Leigh Day

Gold mining silicosis videos

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…The gold mining industry put profit above health, building its empire on the backs of miners before abandoning them…During apartheid black gold miners did the dustiest jobs, unprotected by effective respirators…[Ex-miners] die uncompensated and their widows are left destitute…Heart-rending interviews with two widows of South African gold miners seeking justice on the day of the Annual General Meeting of London-based…Anglo American…”My husband’s death is the most painful thing, because even after finding out that he got ill because of working in the mines…he did not get any kind of help…[My] husband was supposed to be alive still today…[He] worked for years in that company…but when he fell ill…he was alone…They abandoned him and left me destitute…I think their cruelty is beyond measure…Our husbands [were] working with money underground…Gold is money…we should be compensated…[He] was unfortunate in that he worked for a company that does not compensate its people…”