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Mining industry to fight levy hike: report

Johannesburg 26 August 2009 Sapa

The mining industry is going to court to avoid paying almost 30 times more in levies to the compensation fund dealing with miner`s claims for occupationally acquired lung diseases, Business Report said on Wednesday.

"The Chamber of Mines is seeking a declaratory order in the North Gauteng High Court to overturn the levy hikes proposed by the department of health`s compensation commissioner for occupational disease," the newspaper said.

Business Report quoted Chamber of Mines health adviser Thuthula Balfour-Kaipa as saying the mining industry objected to the last valuation of the compensation fund for occupational diseases which projected an actuarial deficit of R610 million.

The valuation suggested incrementally raising levies paid by mining companies from an average 32 cents a risk shift in 2003 up to R9.38 a risk shift this year.

Balfour-Kaipa told Business Report the mining industry was willing to pay for current miners "but once you talk about ex-miners then we have a problem".

National Union of Mineworkers general secretary Frans Baleni was quoted as saying the industry was "ducking responsibility."

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