Orkney, 15 September 2023: The Tshiamiso Trust is inviting all claimants in and around Orkney who have been waiting for Benefit Medical Examinations (BME) to contact us for a booking. The Trust is unable to get hold of some mineworkers as they are not contactable on the numbers initially provided when lodging their claims.

Furthermore, any mineworkers who meet the criteria below but have not yet lodged a claim with the Trust should make contact urgently to see if they are eligible to lodge so that they can be assisted:

If an ex-mineworker or mineworker has:

  • Done risk work at a gold mine between 12 March 1965 and 10 December 2019 AND
  • Has been diagnosed with silicosis OR
  • Has permanent lung damage from work-related TB that he/she contracted while working at a qualifying mine or within a year of leaving the mine.

We encourage people who have not lodged a claim with our service provider, TEBA, to do so as soon as possible before the 29th of September 2023.

If an ex-mineworker in your family meets the criteria above but has passed away, you may be eligible to lodge a claim on their behalf.

The Tshiamiso Trust would like to remind claimants of the following:

  • To claim is FREE. You do not need to pay anyone to help you to submit a claim.
  • ONLY the Trust can process claims and will know if a claimant is due compensation.
  • The claims process takes time and you will need to be patient. If anyone says that they can help you speed up the process, it is most likely a scam.
  • There are strict requirements for eligibility and medical certification.

Please contact the Tshiamiso Trust on the toll-free number 080 1000 240 as soon as possible.

About the Tshiamiso Trust

The Tshiamiso Trust is the outcome of a class action lawsuit, deemed to be the largest and most complex class action in South Africa’s history. The 2011 Constitutional Court decision in Mankayi v AngloGold Ashanti Ltd found that mineworkers who fell under the remit of ODMWA were able to enforce their common law right to compensation for diseases contracted in the course of employment, and was key in paving the way for the settlement with six mining companies and some
of their associated companies (the Settling Companies). Of the Settling Companies, five of them are also the Founders of the Trust – Anglo American South Africa, African Rainbow Minerals, AngloGold Ashanti, Harmony, and Sibanye Stillwater with one Founder (South Deep Joint Venture) being an associate of Gold Fields.

The Silicosis Class Action settled in 2018 and the Tshiamiso Trust was established as an independently managed Trust to give effect to the Settlement Agreement, on the terms set out in a Trust Deed which was attached to this Agreement.

The Trust was registered in November 2019 and constituted in February 2020 with the appointment of all seven trustees. With a lifespan of 12 years, the Trust is responsible for ensuring that compensation is paid, in terms of the Trust Deed, to current and former gold mineworkers across Southern Africa who performed risk work on qualifying mines during qualifying periods (or their dependents where the mineworker has passed away), and contracted silicosis or work-related TB
due to exposure to silica dust.

For more information please contact:

Issued on behalf of:
Tshiamiso Trust: Stakeholder Relations & Communications
M: 060 890 1080