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newsMining Weekly reports that Tshiamiso Trust chairperson Professor May Hermanus has confirmed that the trust structure, including drafting of its policies and the recruitment of staff, is nearly complete.  

Thereupon, claims can start to be assessed and compensation benefits paid to eligible claimants.  The trust was founded in terms of a class action settlement agreement concluded between six gold mining companies and claimants who were exposed to silica dust and contracted silicosis or tuberculosis.  The agreement provides for meaningful compensation for eligible gold mineworkers who carried out risk work at the participating gold mines at any time between March 1965, and December 2019.  The trust and seven trustees, including Hermanus, were registered by the Masters’ Office of the High Court last month.  Hermanus indicated that a cooperation agreement was being discussed with the Medical Bureau for Occupational Diseases, the Compensation Commissioner for Occupational Diseases and the National Institute of Occupational Health, which will enhance the functioning of the trust.  She pointed out that a crucial avenue of work was the development of a claims management information technology system.  The pilot phase of this system will start at the end of June.

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