November 22, 2017 / 4:00 PM / in 25 days

Gold mining firms set aside $360 mln for S.Africa silicosis law suit

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Six gold mining firms, including Anglo American, have made a 5 billion rand ($361 million) provision to settle a class action law suit with thousands of miners who contracted fatal lung diseases while working in South African mines, an industry document said on Wednesday.

Former gold miners listen to speakers at a registration meeting for miners with silicosis in Bizana in South Africa's impoverished Eastern Cape province, March 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Earlier on Wednesday, lawyers acting for miners who contracted silicosis and TB said settlement talks with implicated gold companies for an out-of-court deal could be reached by December.

($1 = 13.8422 rand)

Reporting by Wendell Roelf; Editing by Joe Brock

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