Sick ex-miners to get respite
Former Basotho miners who contracted Silicosis and other respiratory illness in the South African gold mines will finally get compensated after years of struggle. Hope to their efforts came through the intervention of the Tshiamiso Trust, the Secretary General of the Lesotho ExMiners Association, Rantsie Mantsi has shown.
The association is currently working with a medical outfit called - Global Med Health Care to establish the health history of the former miners.
“The involvement of the Trust fund which will lead to the compensation of Basotho ex-miners diagnosed with the respiratory condition is going to play a major role in changing the lives of the beneficiaries, especially now that Lesotho is facing high rates of unemployment,” Mr Mantsi said.
A member of the association who is based in South Africa, Jabu Xaba has promised not to rest until all affected Basotho ex-miners get paid.
“It will be much easier for Basotho to get their dues if the government of Lesotho could get involved in the matter,” Mr Xaba said. According to the association, out of 16 000 Basotho ex-miners who have registered with the body, only 20 were reportedly eligible for compensation. The outfit, however, plans to fight for more Basotho to get compensated through the involvement of Tshiamiso Trust and Global Med Health Care.
The group of former miners targeted by this initiative includes those who worked in the SA gold mines from March 1965 to December 2019.