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South Africa gold miners seen close to silicosis lawsuit settlement

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By Ed StoddardCAPE TOWN (Reuters) - A class action suit brought against gold producers in South Africa is likely to be settled "within months" with 9 billion rand ($755 million) going to miners suffering from fatal lung disease, the chair of an industry group said on Wednesday.The suit was launched almost six years ago on behalf of miners suffering from silicosis, a fatal lung disease contacted by inhaling silica dust in gold mines.Almost all of the claimants are black miners from South Africa and neighbouring countries such as Lesotho, whom critics say were not provided with adequate ...

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First Published: Wed, February 07 2018. 16:01 IST