How a mining industry working group is addressing the problem of lung disease

Thousands of miners are preparing their case against some of South Africa’s biggest gold mining firms.

This follows a recent judgment stating that gold miners who got the lung disease silicosis while working underground – and families of those who died – may launch a class action lawsuit against the companies.

African Rainbow Minerals, Anglo American SA, AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Harmony and Sibanye Gold have come together to form the Mining Industry Working Group on Occupational Lung Disease to deal with the problem.

The Money Show's Bruce Whitfield interviewed Graham Briggs, former Chief Executive Officer of Harmony Gold and Chairperson of the Mining industry Working Group on Occupational Lung Disease.

Briggs discussed the things we need to know about the silicosis court battle.

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

Silicosis is not a disease you just suddenly get.

Graham Briggs, Chairperson of the Mining industry Working Group on Occupational Lung Disease

South Africans are quite prone to HIV and tuberculosis.

Graham Briggs, Chairperson of the Mining industry Working Group on Occupational Lung Disease

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