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25 Sep 2013

Legal Resources Centre, Legal Aid South Africa & Leigh Day

Landmark settlement of South African miners’ silicosis claims against Anglo American

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The long-running President Steyn gold miners’ silicosis litigation against Anglo American South Africa Ltd (“AASA”) has today been settled. This is the first gold miners’ silicosis settlement in South Africa. The terms of settlement are confidential but include payment of a sum of money to 23 claimants, including 18 President Steyn Mine claimants, whose claims began in 2004…The 23 claims arose from contraction of silicosis and silico-tuberculosis allegedly caused by AASA’s negligent failure to ensure that dust levels on its mines were adequately controlled. The claimants sought compensation for pain and suffering, lost earnings and medical expenses…Medical experts have described a “river of disease flowing out of South African gold mines”. The combination of silicosis and tuberculosis (“silico-tuberculosis”) is very serious and often fatal…