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minerBusiness Report writes that former mineworkers, or their beneficiaries, in South Africa and neighbouring countries were owed as much as R10 billion in unclaimed benefits, Deputy Minister for Mineral Resources Godfrey Oliphant said on Friday.  

Giving an update on steps taken to ensure former workers received their benefits, Oliphant indicated that there was about R30bn in unclaimed benefits, a substantial portion of which “is for ex-mineworkers who, partly as a legacy of the migrant labour system, have not accessed these funds.”  He said former miners were owed between R7bn and R10bn in unclaimed benefits.  The magnitude of the unclaimed benefits points to deficiencies in the databases of the respective mineworker retirement funds.  The Department of Health has subsequently developed a database of ex-mineworkers that covers both their demographic details and medical records.  Government efforts since 2013 had seen 14,000 former mineworkers receive compensation benefits amounting to R40 million and 8,000 received Unemployment Insurance Fund benefits amounting to R14m.

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