Media statement by the occupational lung disease working group on the decision of the South Gauteng High Court
Companies to study decision
Johannesburg, 13 May 2016 - The companies are studying the court’s decision. Each company is yet to decide whether to lodge an appeal against the finding.
Either way, it should be noted that the finding does not represent a view on the merits of the cases brought by claimants.
The companies remain of the view that there are issues related to compensation and medical care for occupational lung disease that need to be addressed through engagement between stakeholders, with a view to designing and implementing a comprehensive solution that is both fair to past, present and future gold mining employees, and also sustainable for the sector. They therefore remain committed to achieving these goals.
The Working Group and its members will not comment further on the matter until we have had the opportunity to properly study the full judgement.
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