Tue September 4, 2012

Decades Later, South African Miners Sue Employers

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 2:35 pm

Armstrong Ngutyana (left), 55, and Dumisani Mjolwa, 65, were gold miners during the apartheid era. Both worked underground for nearly three decades. They developed lung disease and were forced to quit their jobs, but received only minimal compensation. They are now part of a class-action lawsuit against South African mining companies.
Anders Kelto for NPR

South Africa's mining industry is under heavy scrutiny after 44 people died during protests at a platinum mine near Johannesburg. Now, the industry is facing challenges on another front: Lawyers have filed a class-action lawsuit against three of the country's biggest gold mining companies.

They're suing on behalf of miners who worked during the apartheid era and now have lung disease.

A settlement in the case — and another like it — could reach into the billions of dollars.

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Thu August 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Day Of Mourning For Slain South African Miners

Mine workers attend a memorial service in South Africa Thursday, Aug. 23, for miners killed last week by police officers.
Themba Hadebe AP

More than a thousand people turned out for a huge memorial service for the 34 miners killed by police at a South African platinum mine last Thursday. Questions are still being raised as how the tragedy occurred. Police say they fired in self defense on miners armed with machetes and clubs; miners say they were running from tear gas that police had thrown at them.

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Fri August 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Study Supports Regulators' Effort To Limit Miners' Exposure To Coal Dust

A study released today by the Government Accountability Office says that the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) used appropriate data and scientific methods in drafting new regulations aimed at limiting the amount of coal dust miners are exposed to at U.S. operations.

As NPR's Howard Berkes reported for us last month, some House Republicans had blocked implementation of the regulations until GAO issued its report.

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Thu August 16, 2012
The Two-Way

South African Police Open Fire On Striking Miners, More Than 30 Killed

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 5:03 am

Police surround miners killed in Marikana, South Africa, on Thursday.
AFP/Getty Images

Update at 7 a.m. ET, Aug. 17. Death Toll Increased:

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Fri June 1, 2012