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southafricalogoGroundUp reports that attempts to fix the bottleneck of claims to the Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund are finally showing results.  

The Fund pays compensation and medical bills for workers who were injured or contracted diseases due to their work.  An exception is lung diseases due to dust in mines‚ which are handled by the Department of Health.  For many years the Fund and the Compensation Commissioner’s Office that have been the subject of complaints from many quarters, including trade unions and employers.  But a report last week to Parliament’s Labour Portfolio Committee by the Fund’s Operational Manager‚ Vuyo Mafatha‚ suggests that investments over the last three years in new skilled staff‚ reorganisation‚ training and better monitoring are beginning to show results.  For one thing‚ the bottleneck in payments to health practitioners dealing with occupational disease cases is being eased.  Settlements of medical claims rose from R2.195bn for 2013-14 to R2.982bn for 2016-17.  Pension payouts to workers with permanent disabilities and their dependants more than doubled in the same period.  Backlogs in compensation and pension payouts on documented claims are now at last being eliminated.  Progress is also being made chasing up missing documents which are holding up settlement of other unsettled claims.

  • Read this report by Pete Lewis in full at TimesLive

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