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Comment Sought on Proposed Adjustments to COIDA Benefits

March 9, 2021

Department of Employment and Labour

Adjustments to the minimum and maximum benefits in terms of the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act are proposed.

The employment and labour department published the proposed amendments in Government Gazette 44238.

Amendments are proposed to Schedule 4 for accidents that occur from 1 April 2021 as well as occupational diseases diagnosed from 1 April 2021.

The adjusted benefits will apply from 1 April 2021.

Comment is invited within 60 days of the date of publication.

The department also seeks comment on the proposed increase in monthly pensions in terms of the act.

The plan is to increase monthly pensions by 3.6% with effect from 1 April 2021 with regards to accidents that occurred before 31 March 2021 as well as occupational diseases diagnosed before 31 March 2021.

Comment is invited within 60 days of the date of publication.

The department also announced the increase in the maximum amount of earnings on which the assessment of an employer shall be calculated.

The maximum amount is set at R506 473 per employee per annum with effect from 1 March 2021.

Other notices published by the department include:


• Notice 85 – application for variation of registered scope of by the South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council – seeks to vary the scope of the definition of the sector and to extend the area that was previously excluded from the Council’s scope of registration – objections invited within 30 days;
• Notice 86 – newly accredited bargaining council – Bargaining Council for the Fast Food, Restaurant, Catering and Allied Trades – accredited for conciliations and arbitrations (including Inquiry by Arbitrator) from 1 February 2021 until 31 January 2024;
• Notice 87 – Bargaining Council for the Furniture Manufacturing Industry: renewal of period of operation of the agency shop fee collective agreement – in effect from date of publication for twelve months.