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17 Aug 2015

Megan van Wyngaardt, Mining Weekly

So. Africa: Miners' class action lawsuit against companies over contracting silicosis & tuberculosis to start in October

"R&E expects occupational disease court application to start in Oct", 14 Aug 2015

The consolidated application by mineworkers and the dependents of mineworkers for permission to institute class action against various mining companies arising from silicosis and/or tuberculosis (TB) contracted by working in gold mines in South Africa, was set to start in October… Randgold and Exploration (R&E) – one of 29 respondents that have been cited – on Friday said it expected the first step in the class action, which required the certification by the court of both a silicosis and TB class, to start in the next two months. The application instituted in the High Court was consolidated with three other applications in August 2013, which contended that from 1993 to 1996 certain R&E gold mines had failed to take steps to prevent silicosis and TB from being contracted. This was being disputed by R&E…