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2 Sep 2020

Amandla Awethu (South Africa)

So. Africa: Campaign calls for speedy payment of compensation to victims of Silicosis

‘Gold miners are dying of silicosis and TB while waiting for compensation, demand action’

To: President Ramaphosa, the Ministers of Health and Labour, Members of Parliament, CEO’s of Anglo American, AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Harmony Gold, African Rainbow Minerals, Sibanye Stillwater and TEBA.

We call on you to enforce laws protecting miners against lung diseases, to speedily pay just compensation to all eligible ex-gold miners and their families and to change current laws governing compensation so that ex-gold miners and their families from across southern Africa can access compensation. Further we call on you to reform the currently dysfunctional Compensation Commission and the Medical Bureau of Occupational Diseases (MBOD) so that ill miners are speedily certified and paid out. We call on the to be established Silicosis Trust to pay compensation to eligible miners and their families speedily and for all gold mining companies and The Employment Bureau of Africa (TEBA) to release all necessary resources and data required to trace, track, certify and compensate all eligible sick miners and their families.