Earlier this year, an out-of-court settlement amounting to five-billion Rands was reached in the class action suit involving 17 000 class representatives for former gold miners and thirty-two gold mining companies. Historically, miners have not received fair compensation and the systems supporting claims remain inadequate.
On Tuesday, 15 October, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, in collaboration with Breathe Films and the Hanns Seidel Foundation, will be hosting a conversation with mining industry experts, the producers of the documentary Dying for Gold and members of civil society about the South African gold mining industry and the long histories of silicosis and tuberculosis associated with it.
Dr Asanda Benya - Sociology Department UCT, Specialist in mining and activist;
Nikisi Lesufi - Minerals Council Senior Executive: Health, Environment and Legacies;
David van Wyk - Benchmarks Foundation; and
Catherine Meyburgh and Richard Pakleppa - Breathe Films.
We will also be launching the Mining Bodies exhibition.
Through audio-visual content and documents drawn from industrial and state archives dealing with occupational health and mining, ranging from the earliest period of gold mining in the 1880’s to the present, the exhibition will reflect on the impact of South Africa’s gold mining industry in Southern Africa with a specific focus on the occupational lung diseases silicosis and tuberculosis.
Venue: Nelson Mandela Foundation – 107 Central Street, Houghton Estate, Johannesburg
Date: Tuesday 15 October 2019
Times: 17h00 - 18h30 (Exhibition Viewing)
18h30 - 20h00 (Panel Discussion)