Story and pictures by LUCAS LEDWABA
A COURT settlement between lawyers representing former gold mine workers who contracted silicosis and their beneficiaries in 2018 led to the establishment of the Tshiamiso Trust.
The Trust’s mandate is to process and compensate former gold mine workers who suffer or died from TB and silicosis, and their beneficiaries.
With most former workers who were sole breadwinners having long died, the agonising wait for compensation is taking its toll on families.
Women carry most of the burden, they nurse their sickly husbands, and when they eventually pass on, they are left to raise children and keep households together under very trying circumstances. This is the story of some of the women from the Lusikisiki area in pictures.