The Trust is working on the claims lodgement process and will communicate this once it is in place. Please be patient.
The Trust is busy setting up its structures and organisation and only then will the lodging, assessment, and certification of claims and the payment of compensation benefits on a large scale become possible. The Trust is working as quickly as possible to complete this work so that claims can be lodged and processed.
The Trust hopes to be able to process the first claimants through the Trust’s claims management system as soon as possible.
Claimants need to be aware that the Trust has a huge task ahead. There will be a lot of people that submit a claim and it will take time to assess and process these.
Who can claim?
Mineworkers who did risk work at qualifying gold mines (during the qualifying period, 12 March 1965 – 10 December 2019) (or if deceased, their dependants) are potentially eligible for compensation. The qualifying mines are listed here
Risk work is work where an employee may have been exposed to dust that could have caused silicosis or TB.
If a mineworker worked on any of these mines for more than 5 years they are entitled to a free medical benefit examination to determine whether they have silicosis or TB as defined in the trust deed. If they do, they will be eligible for compensation. The amount of compensation depends on the nature of the eligible claimant’s illness.
The amount will be reduced in proportion to any time that they worked at a non-qualifying mine (or at a qualifying mine during a non-qualifying period).
But if they worked at one or more qualifying mines during qualifying periods for 30 years or more they will be paid the full amount of compensation due for the relevant class of silicosis or TB as defined in the trust deed which can also be viewed on the website.
Mineworkers who worked for less than 5 years at qualifying mines are also potentially eligible for compensation. But if they want to claim they must have a benefit medical examination at their own expense and they will be reimbursed if it turns out that they do have silicosis or TB as defined in the trust deed.
Please be careful
Please be careful - you do not need to pay anybody to help you claim. Only the Trust’s officials are authorised by the settlement agreement to help process claims and determine if a claim meets the criteria for compensation.
To claim is free and if you worked at the qualifying mine for more than 5 years your medical benefit examination will be free.
How has Covid-19 affected the Trust and claim process?
The Tshiamiso Trust, like the rest of South Africa and much of the world, is experiencing the impact of the corona virus. The Trust is working as effectively as possible towards the full establishment of the claims process and will keep claimants and other stakeholders well informed about progress.
However, the claims process does, for example, envisage claimants reporting in person to lodge their claims so their identities can be properly confirmed. The safety, hygiene and social distancing rules pertaining to the Covid-19 pandemic might require that there are certain restrictions in terms of the number of people that can arrive at a lodgement office, and it may impact on the type of medical examinations that can be conducted. The Trust will communicate on these matters.