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  • Public Statement on AngloGold Ashanti and Gold Mineworkers with Silicosis and Tuberculosis in Southern Africa

    By Campaigns | July 26, 2017

    In April 2017, Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) published the briefing paper Coughing Up. The paper argues that AngloGold Ashanti and other companies in the Occupational Lung Disease Working Group (OLDWG) not only made huge profits from apartheid gold, but in doing so they completely neglected the health and safety of black mineworkers, leading to so many of them developing the diseases silicosis and tuberculosis (TB).

    A settlement reached in March 2016 with AngloGold Ashanti and Anglo American South Africa, while welcome and positive, is limited to 4,365 claimants. It is not a comprehensive industry-wide settlement. A class action filed in the High Court of South Africa in December 2012 and certified in May 2016 seeks to achieve an industry-wide compensation scheme. However, the OLDWG companies are appealing all aspects of the class action certification.

    ACTSA, in solidarity with a range of South African civil society organisations, has campaigned for justice for Southern African gold mineworkers with silicosis and TB since 2012. We call on AngloGold Ashanti and the other mining companies to urgently provide proper medical screening, decent financial compensation and healthcare, and adequate support for all ex- and current mineworkers suffering from silicosis and TB. To this end, we call on AngloGold Ashanti to answer the following questions.

    1) Why are AngloGold Ashanti and other OLDWG companies appealing all aspects of the class action certification?

    2) Do you believe that the broad terms of any settlement of the class action should be at least as good as the terms of the March 2016 settlement?

    3) When was the last time you met with the legal representatives of the mineworkers that brought the class action?

    4) Will you commit to meeting regularly, at least quarterly, with the legal representatives of the mineworkers bringing the class action, as well as with the National Union of Mineworkers (South Africa), in order to bring about a comprehensive industry-wide settlement that is fair to ill mineworkers?

    5) In terms of implementing the March 2016 settlement, Anglo American stated (at its AGM on 24 April) that 700 of the 4,365 claimants had been paid out. Is this also your understanding and how many claimants have been assessed so far?

    6) Would it be possible to receive more regular (e.g. quarterly) and detailed updates regarding the implementation of the March 2016 settlement?

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    Coughing Up: Justice for Southern African gold mineworkers with silicosis and tuberculosis

    By Tony | April 25, 2017

    Coughing Up

    Justice for Southern African gold mineworkers with silicosis and tuberculosis

    ACTSA Briefing Paper Published April 2017.

    ACTSA calls on the mining companies that profited from South Africa’s gold to provide proper medical screening, decent financial compensation and healthcare for all ex and current mineworkers suffering from silicosis and TB.

    Read the full briefing paper here

    ACTSA – Justice for Miners briefing – Apr 2017

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    Compensation not Procrastination: Justice for Silicosis Sufferers

    By ACTSA | March 3, 2017

    On 4 March 2017, it will be one year since a Read the rest of this entry »

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    Silicosis: Mining companies should stop appealing and start negotiating

    By ACTSA | June 7, 2016

    The news that the mining companies will appeal against the decision of the High Court in South Africa on 13 May 2016 to certify (i.e. allow to proceed) the class action on behalf of 30,000 current and ex-gold miners with silicosis and TB is deeply Read the rest of this entry »

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    National Union of Mineworkers (SA) welcomes historic silicosis class action judgement

    By ACTSA | May 17, 2016

    The National Union Of Mineworkers (NUM) welcomes the South Gauteng High Court ruling against 29 respondent gold mining companies allowing class action suits by thousands of workers suffering from silicosis and tuberculosis. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Silicosis: statement from Legal Resources Centre in South Africa

    By ACTSA | May 17, 2016

    Marks first class action in South Africa for sick workers; seeks to hold dozens of gold mining companies accountable

     Johannesburg – (13 May 2016) – The South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg has certified the first class action in South African history for sick workers, allowing gold miners suffering from silicosis and tuberculosis to Read the rest of this entry »

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    Free Silicosis event: Justice and Accountability for gold miners with speakers from South Africa

    By ACTSA | May 16, 2016

    South Africa’s Silicosis Epidemic: Justice and Accountability for Gold Miners

    You are invited to this event at the Read the rest of this entry »

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    Silicosis class action: TAC and Section 27 Statement

    By ACTSA | May 13, 2016

    South Africa’s High Court have today given the green light to thousands of gold miners to proceed with their landmark class action suit – the biggest in South Africa’s history – against 31 mining firms.  Following this historic judgement Read the rest of this entry »

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    Silicosis Sufferers Deserve Justice Now

    By ACTSA | May 13, 2016

    The decision by the High Court in South Africa on 13 May that a class action representing 30,000 ex- gold miners suffering from silicosis can go ahead is very welcome. It should lead to an industry wide compensation scheme for all with silicosis.

    Tony Dykes, Director of ACTSA, which has been campaigning for years for Read the rest of this entry »

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    ACTSA statement on Anglo American AGM 2016

    By ACTSA | May 4, 2016

    ACTSA, with the support of the London Mining Network, attended Anglo American’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 21st April 2016.

    The purpose of ACTSA’s attendance was to raise the issue of decent compensation and health care for all ex-miners and current miners in Southern Africa with silicosis. It is estimated tens of thousands, possibly more, have this incurable and debilitating Read the rest of this entry »

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