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miners2BusinessLive reports that the Compensation Commission for Occupational Diseases (CCOD) has steadily increased the number of payouts to ill miners over the past three years.  

This is a trend that suggests the reforms instituted by commissioner Barry Kistnasamy have turned the troubled fund around.  The CCOD provides compensation to miners who have contracted lung diseases at work, and was virtually dysfunctional when Kistnasamy was appointed in 2012.  He introduced a series of interventions, including the development of an electronic database to replace the chaotic paper records held by the CCOD, ensuring records could be obtained from the mineworker recruitment agency Teba at no cost.  He also worked with the mining industry to launch one-stop service centres to help former mine workers finalise their claims.  The Chamber of Mines has seconded medical doctors to the CCOD and provided staff and technical resources.  The CCOD had doubled the number of payouts in the 2017-18 financial year compared to the year before, Kistnasamy told Parliament on Thursday.  A total of 10,324 miners and former mine workers received a collective R254m in 2017-18, compared to R204m paid to 5,259 claimants the year before.  Claims for loss of earnings for miners with TB had been fast-tracked, and constituted a significant portion of the payouts in 2017-18.  

  • Read this report by Tamar Kahn in full at BusinessLive
  • Read too, Data shared to track down ex-miners owed billions in unclaimed benefits, at BusinessLive

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