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28 Jul 2016

SAnews.gov.za. (South Africa)

So. Africa: Ex-mineworkers affected by occupational lung diseases receive US$ 4.2 million in compensation, says minister

"South Africa: Ex-Mineworkers Receive R59 Million in Compensation", 22 July 2016

Since February, Operation Ku-Riha has paid R59 million to 1 443 ex-mineworkers for compensation benefits in South Africa and its neighbouring countries, says Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources, Godfrey Oliphant...The project is aimed at tackling the backlog of compensation claims from mineworkers who suffered from occupational lung diseases while working in the mining sector, and ensuring that new valid claims were paid within a reasonable timeframe...According to the Deputy Minister there are about R30 billion in unclaimed benefits..."A substantial portion of that money is for ex-mineworkers who partly as a legacy of the migrant labour system have not accessed these funds,"...