The outreach is part of government`s efforts to track, trace and pay former mineworkers’ social benefits.

“While the Tshiamiso Trust has received 106,430 claims to date, only 3,887 of these are from KwaZuluNatal, and several of these claimants are awaiting their BMEs. With a limited footprint in the region, we hope that this outreach initiative will allow greater access to KZN claimants in these areas,” says Realeboha Shale, Outreach Manager for the Tshiamiso Trust.

Tshiamiso Trust is only able to assist the mineworkers (or their families if the mineworker is deceased) who worked at specific gold mines, during specific periods, and have permanent impairment from silicosis or work-related TB due to risk work exposure.

Tshiamiso Trust was established to give effect to the settlement agreement reached between six mining companies and claimant attorneys in the historic silicosis and TB class action. The companies are African Rainbow Minerals, Anglo American South Africa, AngloGold Ashanti, Harmony Gold, Sibanye Stillwater and Gold Fields.

It should be noted that the R5 billion settlement agreement for silicosis and TB falls outside of any government compensation programme and is administered solely by the Tshiamiso Trust, with the help of its accredited service providers. The Trust has so far paid over R945 million to over 10 500 claimants.

Shale explains: “It is very important to us that all eligible claimants receive the benefits that are due to them. We are committed to delivering services and paying our claimants while operating within the stringent terms of the Trust Deed.

The Tshiamiso Trust would also like to urge claimants to be very careful when sharing their personal information, to avoid paying anybody to help them with their claim, and to not fall victim to those who may seek to take advantage.

The Roadshow dates and locations are as follows:

Vryheid, eDumbe & surrounds 23 Jan – 24 Jan
08:00 – 16:00
Vryheid Hospital &
eDumbe Community Health Centre
Ulundi & surrounds 26 Jan – 27 Jan
08:00 – 16:00
Nkonjeni Hospital
Pongola & surrounds 30 Jan – 4 Feb
08:00 – 16:00
Itshelejuba Hospital
Nongoma, Usuthu, Mandlakazi, Matheni & surrounds 1 Feb – 2 Feb
08:00 – 16:00
Benedictine Hospital

Please note the following:

  • To claim is FREE. You do not need to pay anyone to help you to submit a claim. Please be VERY careful about who you give your documents and information to.
  • 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.