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23 Sep 2016

Pete Lewis, GroundUp (South Africa)

So. Africa: Mining companies granted leave to appeal silicosis class action decision

"Setback for gold miners’ silicosis claims", 22 Sep 2016

South Africa’s six biggest gold mining companies have been given leave to appeal against the court decision in May to allow mineworkers sick with silicosis and TB to bring a class action against them.  The Supreme Court of Appeal has granted the mining companies leave to appeal on all aspects of the certification by the South Gauteng High Court of the “big bang” common law class action brought by miners and former miners...The action concerns some 250,000 to 500,000 sick mineworkers or former mineworkers and their families, spread out over the entire Southern African region.  They will now have to wait while the appeal process, which could go all the way to the Constitutional Court, is concluded...