Silicosis – the Legacy of South African gold mining

5 years ago

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For most of the 20th century until 1998, Anglo American South Africa was the largest gold mining house, employing hundreds of thousands of miners.

These are a few of those men.

Silicosis is a lung disease, known for over 100 years to be caused by dust exposure in gold mines.

If a claimant dies before a certain point in South African proceedings, the family cannot claim pain and suffering compensation. 

Delays in the justice system deprive ex-miners and their widows of vast sums of money.

The effect of the lack of medical facilities and ongoing delays is to benefit the industry financially.

Meanwhile, ex-miners die uncompensated and their widows are left destitute.

Anglo American South Africa has net assets of US15 billion. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of London-headquartered mining giant, Anglo American plc.

Justice delayed is justice denied.

Photographs: Hein du Plessis

Music : “Stimela” by Hugh Masekela with his express permission


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