MEDIA ADVISORY  

To: Editors  & Health Journalists
Issued by: Departments of Health
Date: Sunday, 22 January 2023

 

Health Department to commence with compensation for ex-miners who suffered health injuries 

 

Pretoria: The Department of Health will this week ( Monday, 23 January to 04 February) commence with the programme of screening, verification, medical examination and payment of benefits to eligible former mine workers who contracted Tuberculosis (TB) or Silicosis diseases while working for certain mines in the country during a period between March 1965 and December 2019.

 

This countrywide programme will kick-off in the northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal before moving to other provinces, and department is calling upon all former miner workers or their dependants to visit their nearest lodgement site in their areas. The claimants are urged to bring along relevant documents such as; a valid South African ID or SADC passport, industry card, service records from the mine they worked at, any available medical records, deceased mineworker’s death certificate and, an autopsy report, if available.

 

The compensation amount will depend on a number of factors including the severity of the permanent respiratory impairment suffered by the mineworkers and their employment history at qualifying and non-qualifying mines.

 

However, in the case where the mine worker has passed on, the dependants are urged to submit the relevant documents including a death certificate. A claim for a mineworker who died before 10 December 2019 will only be eligible if the main cause of death is attributed to silicosis or TB, or there is an approved Occupational Diseases in Mines & Works Act (ODMWA) certificate or other exceptions.

A list of qualifying gold mines and periods is accessible here. 

https://www.tshiamisotrust.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/schedule-f-qualifying-mines-and-qualifying-periods-in-respect-to-qualifying-mines-06072020.pdf

 

Compensation claims can be lodged or made at the following sites:  

Date 

Time 

Claims Venues 

23-24 January 8h00 – 16h00
  • Vryheid Hospital to service local communities
  • Dumbe Community Health Centre 
26 – 27 January 8h00 – 16h00
  • Nkonjeni Hospital to service communities around Ulundi
30 Jan – 04 Feb 8h00 – 16h00
  • Itshelejuba Hospital to service people from Pongola and surrounding communities.
  • Benedictine Hospital to service people from Nongoma, Usuthu and surrounding communities.
01 February 8h00 – 16h00
  • Benedictine Hospital to service people from Mandlakazi and local communities
02 February 8h00 – 16h00
  • Benedictine Hospital to service people from Matheni and local communities

 

 

NB:  To check if you may have a potentially valid claim, please contact the Tshiamiso Call Centre on 080 1000 240 within South Africa borders or send WhatsApp message on 078 504 9004 or email to info@tshiamisotrust.com. Those outside South Africa can call 00 27 10 500 6186.

 

For more information and media enquiries, please contact:  

 Mr Foster Mohale
Health Departmental Spokesperson
0724323792
Foster.mohale@health.gov.za

Mr Doctor Tshwale
Spokesperson for Health Minister
063 657 8487
Doctor.Tshwale@health.gov.za