More can be done for silicosis sufferers, says former Harmony Gold CEO

Last year, a high court ruling allowed for a class action suit against South Africa's major gold mining companies.

FILE: A miner. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG – The former Harmony Gold CEO has praised mining companies' efforts to address the issue of silicosis.

Graham Briggs addressed delegates at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town earlier on Wednesday.

Last year, a high court ruling allowed for a class action suit against South Africa's major gold mining companies.

Silicosis develops when silica dust from gold-bearing rocks settles in a person's lungs making the victims highly susceptible to tuberculosis.

Briggs says companies must do more to assist their workers.

“We really need to establish a legacy fund in the companies to top up the insufficient and unfair compensation which has been paid out to the silicosis sufferers.”

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)