Department of Employment and Labour
More than 80 percent of the claims lodged with the Compensation Fund so far involve women and this is consistent in all provinces.
The employment and labour department confirmed this in a statement on Compensation Fund claims for contracting Coronavirus COVID-19 at work.
According to the department, the challenge is not only having to support workers via relief payments, but also dealing with the ever-rising number of claims as people get sick at work.
“The Compensation Fund has received a total of 941 claims to date with the highest number coming from the Western Cape that has recorded 657 claims. Of that total, 533 are women; The Fund has accepted liability for 356, repudiated 69 and 233 are pending adjudication.”
In the Eastern Cape, 99 claimants are women out of a total of 127 claims received with the Fund accepting liability for 26 while 3 have been repudiated and 98 await adjudication; KwaZulu-Natal has seen 98 claims (92 women) of which 67 have been accepted, 5 repudiated and 26 await adjudication; Gauteng province has recorded 54 claims of which 46 affect women, 31 have been accepted, 7 repudiated and 16 are pending adjudication; Limpopo and North West have recorded two claims each with one accepted in Limpopo, one repudiated and both claimants are women while in North West one claimant is a woman and Mpumalanga has one case which has been accepted and again, a woman is a claimant. To date, the Fund has paid R202 172.35 in medical aid costs.
The department also pointed out that low levels of compliance with COVID-19 safety regulations in the workplace continue to be observed with compliance rates hovering at 57% for the private sector and 47% for the public sector.
Meanwhile, in a statement on a company in KwaZulu-Natal that flouted labour laws and disregarded COVID-19 regulations, the department called on companies to “do right by their employees who remain their most valuable asset and not expose them unnecessarily to danger”.