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South African Gold Miners Awarded 22m in Historic Silicosis Settlement

Related Member(s):
Richard Hermer QC
Related Practice Area(s):
Human Rights, Corporate Social Responsibility, Investigations and Audits

South African gold miners who developed silicosis after repeated exposure to dust have reached a multi-million dollar settlement. The claims were instituted in 2012 by 4,365 Claimants who claimed they contracted dust-related lung diseases, silicosis and silico-tuberculosis from working in unsafe conditions in the mines.  Anglo American and AngloGold Ashanti agreed to pay the equivalent of $32.5m (£22m) to former gold miners and relatives of deceased ex-miners who were affected by silicosis.

The claimants were represented by Zanele Mbuyisa of Mbuyisa Neale attorneys (Johannesburg), human rights lawyers, Leigh Day (London) and Richard Hermer QC of Matrix Chambers. For more information, please see here.