On 4 March 2017, it will be one year
since a settlement was reached to provide compensation for up to 4,365 former
gold miners suffering from silicosis. We welcomed the settlement, but sadly it
is not the comprehensive, industry wide settlement that ACTSA and others have
been calling for. There are still tens, possibly hundreds, of thousands of ex-gold
miners suffering from silicosis without decent compensation and health care. We
need your support to enable us to keep up the fight and get justice for all
miners suffering from silicosis.
donate as much as you can to stand with the miners and support them in their
fight for justice.
The mining companies claimed the
settlement of March 2016 was an historic landmark. We have challenged them to
accept it as a benchmark and establish a comprehensive industry wide
compensation scheme for those with silicosis. Sadly one year on, the mining
companies continue to delay justice through the courts, whilst refusing to
accept liability for the pain and misery they have inflicted upon thousands of
gold miners and their families. Many of these miners will die before justice is
ever served, leaving their families destitute and communities decimated.
Following the settlement in March
2016, the South African High Court ruled that a class action on behalf of
30,000 ex-gold miners could go ahead, meaning the miners had the right to sue
the mining companies. If this succeeds then as a class action it will establish
an industry wide compensation scheme.
Instead of accepting the High Court’s
judgment and beginning serious negotiations in good faith, the mining houses
appealed and used all their legal might to challenge the decision and delay any
settlement. The mining companies say they want a settlement and not protracted
litigation yet it is they who decided to appeal. The obvious conclusion is that
the mining companies are using delaying tactics to postpone any settlement and
for any compensation eventually agreed to be at a derisory amount.
help us keep the pressure on the mining companies. Silicosis sufferers need
decent compensation and health care now.
This refusal to take responsibility
for their disregard for the lives of mostly black and poor workers over decades
is a disgrace. It seems that the legacy of apartheid lives on in the denials of
these mining companies.
Our campaign is for every single gold
miner across Southern Africa suffering from silicosis to receive the compensation
and healthcare they deserve. This is not about charity, it is about justice,
dignity and rights.
Your support makes a real difference.
Please give what you can afford. Thank you.