Department of Employment and Labour
2 August 2019
The Compensation Fund (CF) has developed a new system called CF-Filing.
In a statement, the employment and labour department clarified that the system is “designed to create a seamless process from employer registration to receiving a Letter of Good Standing (LOGS)”.
“The system will also improve the employer registration process by converting the manual process into an electronic process and allowing employers to register on the website.”
The department added that the system will also offer the following benefits:
• Optimise the turnaround time for employer registrations;
• Provide an additional means for employers to electronically pay their contributions to CF upon receipt of a RoE assessment;
• Enable employer verification by allowing employers to update their details;
• Obtain Letter of Good Standing online immediately after completion of payments; and
• Establishment of dedicated Call Centre competency to handle CF-Filing related queries.
The department holds the view that ICT investment by the CF has “delivered instant results and turnaround in terms of processing of claims and elimination of backlogs…”.
Reference was also made to the Draft Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Amendment Bill, published for comment in October 2018.
The draft bill aims to:
• amend the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, 130 of 1993 so as to substitute, insert, delete and repeal certain sections and definitions;
• provide coverage for domestic employees, to provide for rehabilitation, re- integration and return to work of occupationally injured and diseased employees;
• regulate the use of health care services;
• provide for the reopening of claims;
• provide for criminal and administrative penalties;
• regulate compliance and enforcement,
• provide for no fault based compensation system and
• provide for matters connected therewith.
Proposed amendments highlighted by the department include increasing social security coverage to include domestic workers and the introduction of a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation, reintegration and return – to – work programme.
In July 2019, the employment and labour minister, Thembelani Thulas Nxesi, during the department’s budget vote speech, announced that the draft bill will soon be tabled in parliament.