Mining Review - All mining employees require active collaboration between management and regulators, as well as each other, in order to work towards the 2024 zero harm D-day. This requires an intensive focus on illnesses including tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/AIDS, the Chamber of Mines’ head of health Dr Thuthula Balfour tells Sascha Solomons.
Bizcommunity - Hopes have been tempered of a quick resolution to the occupational lung disease class action including thousands of former miners afflicted with silicosis, with expectations of a settlement to take to the courts expected in the next six months instead of early in 2018 as three new companies join the action.
SAfrica24 - The out of court settlement for the tuberculosis and silicosis class action brought against six gold mining companies on the Witwatersrand could be signed in the next six months, graham Briggs, the convener of the occupational lung diseases working group, said yesterday.
Fin24 - A settlement for miners suffering from silicosis will be a better option than litigation, said Graham Briggs, convenor of the Occupational Lung Disease Working Group.
SA Labour - The day marks exactly two years since three workers were killed after being trapped underground at Vantage Gold’s Lily Mine in Barberton. The three bodies remain underground despite Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant saying late last year that the container in which the workers were trapped in February 2016 was likely to be retrieved by January 2018.
The Citizen - The class action, brought by thousands of mine workers who contracted lung diseases while working for SA gold miners, has been postponed as the parties are close to a settlement, lawyers for the companies said.
Business Day - In a clear sign that a multibillion-rand settlement between gold mining companies and lawyers representing tens of thousands of former mine workers with lung sickness silicosis is near; both sides have asked for and have been granted a postponement of an appeal at the Supreme Court of Appeal.
The Herald - The Supreme Court of Appeal has granted a postponement of the appeal in the silicosis and tuberculosis class action litigation.
Sowetan - Many of the nearly 500 000 miners who contracted silicosis and tuberculosis are from neighbouring countries that supplied labour to South African mines.