South African gold miners gain $400m lung disease payout


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Media captionMany former South African miners are suffering from lung conditions

Mining companies have agreed a 5bn rand ($400m, £285m) compensation deal for tens of thousands of South African miners who contracted deadly lung diseases while working underground.

The miners contracted silicosis, an incurable lung disease caused by inhaling dust from gold-bearing rocks.

The dust lodges in the lungs, causing permanent scarring and can often lead to tuberculosis.

Almost all of the claimants in the case that dates back to 1965 were black.

The settlement is thought to be South Africa’s biggest group legal action.

The mining companies include Harmony Gold, Gold Fields, African Rainbow Minerals, Sibanye-Stillwater, AngloGold…

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