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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.