Already buckling under huge operational costs and seemingly endless labour unrest, some 30 gold mine operators were last month slapped with litigation by thousands of their former employees. The plaintiffs — mostly black migrant labourer — allegedly contracted the lung disease while drilling gold bearing rocks. Already theirs is the biggest class action in South Africa’s legal history…If the miners are successful, it could cost the industry millions of dollars, but mining experts warn it could also cost jobs. Some of the larger operators, already facing a few cases brought by smaller groups of miners, are not taking the latest case lightly. This affects AngloGold Ashanti and Anglo American.