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minerBusinessLive reports that five years after CEO Barry Kistnasamy was appointed to turn around the Compensation Commission for Occupational Diseases (CCOD), the institution is still grappling with a mammoth claims backlog for mine workers with lung diseases.  

It has only just begun to get its financial records in order.  At the last count, the fund had a backlog of 94,000 claims that had been approved by the Medical Bureau for Occupational Diseases (MBOD) but had yet to be paid out to workers.  This is a modest improvement on the backlog of 106,000 claims reported to Parliament nine months ago.  The MBOD assesses mine workers’ claims and determines whether they are eligible for a payout.  Kistnasamy commented that they have significant resource constraints with a decreased government subsidy, the loss of 22 technical officers and an outdated IT system.  Most of the results to date have only been possible through the significant interventions of the Chamber of Mines, the gold mining companies and social partners.

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