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

Written by Thapelo Magola

The Department of Health will on 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 dependents to visit their nearest lodgment site in their areas. Read the statement from the
health department.

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 dependents are urged to
submit the relevant documents including a death certificate.

The statement went on to say that "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

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

Click here

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

23 – 24 January 2023

8h00 – 16h00

Vryheid Hospital and Dumbe Community Health Centre to service local communities

26 – 27 January 2023

8h00 – 16h00

Nkonjeni Hospital to service communities around Ulundi

30 Jan – 04 Feb 2023

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 2023

8h00 – 16h00

Benedictine Hospital to service people from Mandlakazi and local communities.

02 February 2023

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

Those outside South Africa can call 00 27 10 500 6186.

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