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24 Apr 2014

Natasha Odendaal, Mining Weekly

NUM to demand 'justice' for silicosis sufferers at Anglo AGM [So. Africa]

…South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) planned to attend…Anglo American’s annual general meeting…to demand “justice” for former gold miners suffering from silicosis…NUM president…accused the mining giant’s board of “procrastinating for the last 20 years” and demanded the company pay for testing, healthcare and decent compensation for ex-miners and their families who were suffering with the consequences of silicosis, particularly tuberculosis…Anglo American…[said] that it, along with industry, government and civil society partners, shared “common objectives” to improve the access to and quality of healthcare for all disadvantaged South Africans…“We understand that partnership must be at the very heart of our approach in tackling not only health but broader sustainable development issues we face,”…The Trade Union Congress, Action for Southern Africa and the London Mining Network would also protest…in London, where the AGM was taking place…[Also refers to AngloGold Ashanti, Harmony Gold, Goldfields]

Part of the following timelines

So. African mining union demands Anglo American provide healthcare & compensation for silicosis sufferers; includes company statement

AngloGold Ashanti silicosis lawsuit (So. Africa)

Gold miner silicosis litigation (re So. Africa)