The Kgalagadi Relief Trust was formed in February 2006 and became fully operational from 1 June 2006. This was when Becon, the company dealing with asbestos related issues on behalf of the former Swiss Eternit Group, agreed to establish a fund to provide financial relief to individuals who contracted an asbestos-related disease, while employed at the Kuruman Cape Blue (KCBA) and Danielskuil Cape Blue (DCBA) asbestos mines between the period 1952 and 1981.
The Kgalagadi Relief Trust (KRT) is mandated to provide financial relief over the next 20 years in strict accordance with the court-approved Deed of Trust. The KRT is administered by the Asbestos Relief Trust (ART), which was established in 2003 to provide financial relief to the former employees of asbestos mines operated by African Chrysotile Asbestos and the Griqualand Exploration and Finance Company.
This administrative arrangement avoids unnecessary duplication of costs and improves operational efficiency, as some claimants may qualify to claim from both Trusts. All Asbestos Relief Trust offices are able to process claims on behalf of the Kgalagadi Relief Trust.