Class action is a newish feature within South Africa's legal landscape. Cases such as the silicosis matter are likely to influence many more.
A recent study found the largest cluster of advanced black lung disease ever recorded among coal miners in central Appalachia. Two doctors who treat black lung patients explain how miners contract it.
We're seeing the resurgence of an old lung disease in people who make and install the type of engineered stone product you might find in your kitchen or bathroom.
Canada rushed to counter a deadly lung disease afflicting gold miners in the early 20th century. The "quick fix" cure that was invented is a symbol of the lurch towards global industrialization.
For thousands of miners who have developed silicosis from years of work on South Africa's gold mines, a landmark court case will change their lives.