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Youth Day Workshop 2014
The Asbestos Relief Trust Commemorated Youth Day on 16 June 2014 by hosting an Asbestos Awareness workshop in conjunction with the Asbestos Interest Group and the Cancer Charity Workers in Kuruman. Several schools were invited to participate. The theme of the workshop was “ Youth Beware of Asbestos The Silent Killer”.
International Mesothelioma Interest Group Conference 2014
The Asbestos Relief Trust sponsored the 12th biennial Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group which took place between 21 and 24 October 2014 in Cape Town. The conference brought together medical professionals, scientists, researchers and activists involved in the prevention and cure of asbestos related diseases.
Asbestos Interest Group Workshop
The Asbestos Interest Group (AIG) is a Kuruman-based community activist and advocacy group which was instrumental in the legal case that led to the creation of the Asbestos Relief Trust. The AIG continues to lobby around asbestos-related issues and is active within the greater Kuruman/Kgalagadi community. The AIG held a capacity-building workshop, which was conducted by the Trust and attended by AIG staff, aimed at improving their governance structures and processes.
Supedi Maths Programme
The Asbestos Relief Trust sponsored the Supedi Maths Programme in several former disadvantaged schools within former asbestos mining communities in the Northern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The Supedi programme aims to up-skill educators in teaching maths to learners through the use of manipulatives, which are especially designed tools/materials used by learners that aid the learning process. This was a social responsibility initiative aimed at improving the lives of people from former asbestos mining communities.
The Asbestos Relief Trust launched an extensive claimant outreach programme in neighbouring states to enable miners who were recruited to work on the asbestos mines from these labour-sending countries to lodge claims with the Trust. In Lesotho the Trust introduced a mobile medical screening facility that enabled persons in very rural areas to undergo the necessary medical examinations for the claims process.
10 Year Anniversary
The Asbestos Relief Trust marked its ten-year anniversary in 2013. Therefore, it hosted a seminar for academics and experts with an interest in the consequences ofasbestos mining in South Africa. The seminar was attended by medical, legal andepidemiological experts who offered debriefs and insights in their respective fields of expertise. Seminar topics ranged from legal and compensation issues to thechallenges of medical treatment for persons suffering from asbestos related diseases.