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newsBusinessLive reports that Vuyo Mafata, commissioner of the Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund, maintains that the fund is "turning the corner and service delivery has improved immensely".  

But this did not prevent the auditor-general from issuing yet another disclaimer on the fund’s 2016-17 financial statements because there was insufficient audit evidence on which to base an audit opinion.  The fund, which compensates workers who are injured or made sick at work, has been plagued by inefficiencies, backlogs and unpaid claims going back many years.  "Management did not maintain proper accounting records and adequate controls over assessment of revenue and debtors," the auditor-general’s report noted.  Nonetheless, the backlog of outstanding claims, which has been a huge source of frustration for claimants, has been reduced and the turnaround time for the processing and payment of medical invoices has improved.  Mafata pointed out that during the year under review, the fund adjudicated 145,922 out of 155,472 claims received.  Of these, 130,800 claims were adjudicated within 60 days of receipt.

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