Silicosis – the Legacy of South African gold mining
5 years ago
To take action visit: http://www.actsa.org/page-1520-Justice%20for%20South%20African%20Gold%20Miners:%20Take%20action.html
For more information visit: http://www.leighday.co.uk/International-and-group-claims/Gold-mining-silicosis-(1)/ .
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