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gavel thumb100 City Press reports that gold mining companies have lodged appeals against last month’s certification of a potentially enormous class action by former mine workers with silicosis and TB.  

Applications to the Supreme Court of Appeal were filed by Anglo American SA, AngloGold Ashanti, African Rainbow Minerals, Gold Fields and DRDGold.  This had “complicated” the ongoing talks about a settlement, an outcome the mines also preferred, said Richard Spoor, who is representing the mine workers.  Even without this appeal, the class action had been expected to take a year to go to trial, said Spoor.  The appeal now suspends the certification of the class action.  “A settlement is contingent on there being a class,” said Spoor, who added:  “It is impossible to talk in good faith ... You cannot reconcile the two things.  The appeal is not sincere; it is a tactic.  The companies are still pursuing their original argument that the class action is legally pointless and impossible from a practical perspective.  All the companies have also attacked the ruling giving many widows and children of dead mine workers a shot at far larger claims against the mines.

  • Read this report by Dewald Van Rensburg in full at City Press
  • Read too, Gold industry's appeal in miners' silicosis class action is shameful, at Bhekisisa online

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