South Africa: Miners with lung disease prepare lawsuit

Thabang Moorosi, a former driller in South Africa's gold mines, takes a minute to catch his breath after struggling onto a hospital bed for his monthly lung check.

The 60-year-old, a long-distance runner in his youth, was diagnosed in 2005 with a lung disease, silicosis, after years of inhaling silica dust at rock faces far below ground.

He is one of tens of thousands of miners preparing to sue some of South Africa's largest gold mining companies, including Anglo American, AngloGold Ashanti, Harmony Gold and Goldfields, for damages. Last week, a South African judge said gold miners who got lung diseases while working underground, as well as families of miners who died of...