South Africa miners reach $400m settlement for lung disease | South Africa News

South African gold producers have reached a settlement with lawyers representing thousands of miners who contracted fatal lung disease, in the country’s largest-ever class action suit. 

Officials said the six mining companies involved agreed to the 5bn rand ($395m) settlement on Thursday, Reuters news agency reported. 

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of miners who contracted the lung disease silicosis, which is caused by inhaling fine silica dust and has no known cure, and tuberculosis in South Africa’s mines. 

“This is an historic settlement, resulting from years of extensive negotiations. The agreement provides meaningful compensation to all eligible workers,” the lawyers said in a statement.  

South Africa is one of the world’s biggest producers of gold, but the country’s mining…

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