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CCMABusiness Report writes that the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) is so overwhelmed with cases it has to deal with that it has partnered with the Department of Labour (DOL) for office space as it buckles under pressure.  

This is despite the CCMA's footprint of 22 offices spread across SA’s nine provinces.  This was revealed by CCMA director Cameron Morajane as he delivered the agency’s 2016/2017 annual report on Tuesday.  He indicated that the partnership with the DOL was because of the “strain as we are above the threshold of what our offices can handle as a result of the caseload”.  CCMA acting chairperson Sifiso Lukhele said despite the case-load of the commission registering at 188,449 during the period under review, “the CCMA ensured that expeditious dispute resolution was delivered”.  On average the CCMA took 24 days to complete the conciliation process from the date of referral, against a legislated target of 30 days.  With companies axing employees to mitigate the economic downturn, Morajane advised that the commission had saved 25,196 jobs, which was 52% of the 48,448 jobs at stake.  The CCMA recorded total revenue of R794 038m for theyear , compared to R755 217m the previous year.

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