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The hearing on whether the High Court should approve the settlement agreement reached on 3 May 2018 began on 29 May 2019, in terms of the court’s order of 13 December 2018. Parties to the settlement made submissions to a full bench of the high court, comprising DJP Phineas Mojapelo, Judge Bashir Vally and Judge Leoni Windell, on why the court should approve the settlement. The hearing is schedule to continue on 30 May 2019.

The parties that have reached agreement to settle the silicosis and TB class action in the gold mining industry are concerned to have learned that some potential beneficiaries are being asked for payment by certain individuals, including lawyers, to assist them in registering an interest in claiming from the settlement fund once it is established. It has come to our attention that this is particularly happening in the Eastern Cape.