May 13, 2016.
For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Sane Dhlamini.
South African court gives go ahead to silicosis class action suit.
Uganda president promises to fight corruption after disputed vote.
And, Ramaphosa says infrastructure is a key economic driver.
South Africa's High Court today gave the green light for a class action suit seeking damages from the gold mining sector on behalf of thousands of miners who contracted the fatal lung disease silicosis while working underground.
Fifty-six former miners wanted the court to allow them to institute a class action claim for damages against mining companies for occupational diseases.
The defendants in the case include Harmony Gold, Gold Fields, AngloGold Ashanti, Sibanye Gold, African Rainbow Minerals and Anglo American, which had formed the Occupational Lung Disease Working Group to deal with such issues.
Uganda's veteran president Yoweri Museveni said he would fight corruption and impose discipline on inefficient bureaucrats who frustrated investors.
Museveni was speaking during a swearing-in speech after a disputed election and protests against his rule yesterday.
Authorities blocked Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp and other social media citing security concerns ahead of the ceremony in Kampala in which the 71 year old president, was sworn in for another five-year term that would extend his rule to 35 years.
The president officially won 60 percent of the votes in the February election, which the opposition said was rigged.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has mooted investments in the infrastructure and ICT sectors in South Africa and Africa.
Ramaphosa was wooing potential investors at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali in Rwanda.
In a session on how innovative partnerships can bridge financing gaps for economic and social infrastructure, Ramaphosa said that “infrastructure had been a key economic driver in South Africa and in the region”.
Ramaphosa said investment in infrastructure had stimulated economic activity; therefore there were returns to be made for investors in infrastructure in South Africa and Africa.
Also making headlines:
South Africa's Transnet steams into rest of Africa.
Athol Trollip said ANC arrogance will prove fatal.
And, the NPA is expected to announce it’s decision on 'spy tapes' judgment.
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That’s a roundup of news making headlines today