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7 Jul 2015

Zanele Mbuyisa & Richard Meeran, miner's legal representatives in Business Day (So. Africa)

So. Africa: Ailing former AngloGold Ashanti miners treated poorly by company, claim lawyers

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'Ailing former miners still get shafted', 7 Jul 2015:…Twenty-seven former miners…diagnosed with [silicosis]…travelled 15 hours in minibuses…to be medically evaluated at AngloGold’s West Wits Hospital…[T]he miners, whose average age is 62, were accommodated in unheated, cell-like hostels. They were allocated beds with no sheets or pillows and only two small blankets. The temperature that night dropped to 2°C. We discovered this after they had spent two nights there and immediately arranged decent accommodation. In the ensuing days, one of the men, aged 74, had to be taken to hospital, where he remains. Three others have been admitted to hospital…[t]wo, one of whom is in isolation, have tuberculosis (TB). The 27 are part of a group of 31 lead claimants who, as part of a claim involving about 1,200 former miners, are suing their former employer, AngloGold…Delays in compensating the former miners…serve not only to deny essential funds to the miners but also their widows and families…