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Hundreds picket outside High Court as silicosis matter heard

August 26, 2015
Occupational Health   OurHealth  

About 200 Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) members picked outside the South Gauteng High Court yesterday in support of TAC’s application to become a friend of the court in what may become the country’s first class action suit against the gold industry.

Civil society groups push for entry into silicosis case

August 26, 2015
Occupational Health   Tuberculosis (TB)  

Health and gender activists are likely to know by the week’s end whether they will be able to testify in what could be the country’s first class action case against the gold industry.

Too few know gold’s heavy price

In the land of gold, too few know gold’s deadly price as civil society groups embark on silicosis awareness campaign,

[Updated] 500,000 former miners await compensation

The mining houses’ Compensation Fund owes R1.5 billion to workers who developed occupational illnesses like silicosis while on the job, according to Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.*

South Africa launches massive TB screening programme

March 25, 2015
OurHealth   Tuberculosis (TB)  

South Africa aims to test up to 6.2 million people for tuberculosis (TB) in the next three years, according to an announcement made yesterday by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Documents: SADC on TB integration, cross-border referrals

April 10, 2014
News   Reports   Tuberculosis (TB)  

Released at a March regional meeting on tuberculosis (TB) in southern Africa’s mines, these documents cover TB treatment harmonization, compensation and the economic benefits of regular TB screening of mining communities.

Miners, families live between death and hope

March 27, 2014
News   Occupational Health   Tuberculosis (TB)  

South Africa’s first class action silicosis suit could win compensation for hundreds of thousands of miners and widows – and prepare the way for a class action suit against the mines for tuberculosis.