Items tagged with Mining sector

Silicosis: an epidemic of racism? (post)

As the judges of the South Gauteng High Court prepare their findings in the massive silicosis class action case, Pete Lewis reflects on the failure of the compensation system to protect black mineworkers from the disease, condemning them to poverty and destitution.

Southern African mining sector to receive $140m for anti-TB initiatives (post)

The World Bank is set to release the first tranche of its $120-million contribution to the fight against tuberculosis (TB) in Southern Africa’s mining sector during the first quarter of this year.

Grant to fight TB in Southern Africa’s mining sector (post)

PRETORIA, February 5, 2016 - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and a Regional Coordinating Mechanism (RCM) representing a group of 10 Southern African countries today signed a landmark grant to pioneer innovative models to reduce high rates of TB in the mining sector.

South Africa: Mining companies settle with ill workers (post)

Johannesburg, March 7, 2016 - Justice has been served for thousands of former mineworkers who suffer from silicosis and silico-tuberculosis after AngloGold Ashanti and Anglo American agreed to an estimated R500 million out-of-court settlement on Friday, following a long-running legal battle.

ARASA: TB in mines remains a health disaster (post)

The AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) has proposed a united call of action reiterating that tuberculosis is particularly acute in South Africa and four of its labour-sending neighbours, namely, Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe, which all have a high per capita TB occurence.

South African mining firms to appeal silicosis ruling (post)

June 3, 2016 - South African gold mining firms plan to appeal against a High Court ruling that allowed class action suits seeking damages for up to half a million miners who contracted the fatal lung disease silicosis and tuberculosis, they said on Friday.

Silicosis and silicotuberculosis in India (post)

An article published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization gives an overview of the burdens of silicosis and silicotuberculosis in India and recommends the establishment of a silicosis control program in the country.

New clinic report calls for reform of South Africa’s compensation system for mine workers suffering from lung disease (post with simple image)

The paper seeks to offer suggestions for compensation policy reform, drawn from a comparative analysis of relevant practices in select countries around the world with similar issues pertaining to mining and health justice.

An ounce of gold for a pound of cure (post with simple image)

It's around our necks and on our fingers, traded by our banks and used to make our electronics. Yet for a huge swath of people around the globe, gold's impact is felt in the lungs.

Underground epidemic: the tuberculosis crisis in South Africa's gold mines (post with simple image)

Of the 2.3 million new cases of TB reported in Africa last year, almost a third were connected to mining in sub-Saharan Africa. According to research, one mine worker with active TB can spread the disease to between 10 and 15 other people.

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