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Nxesi Outlines Progress on Measures to Mitigate Impact of COVID-19 on Employment and Labour

October 14, 2020

Department of Employment and Labour

The Compensation Fund had, at the end of September 2020, received a total of 7,966 COVID-19 claims in terms of the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act.

The employment and labour minister, Thulas Nxesi, revealed this during an address to the national council of provinces (NCOP) on progress made on measures to mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic on employment and labour.

The minister added that 57% of claims were from females and 43% from males.

A total of approximately R5 billion has been paid towards benefits.

The minister also pointed out that, from the total of 7,966 claims received, over half have already been adjudicated.

The minister confirmed that, with regard to COVID-19 TERS payments, applications for March 2020 to end May 2020 closed on 25 September 2020; applications for June 2020 shall close on 15 October 2020 and applications for July to 15 September 2020 shall close on 30 October 2020.

Over R49 billion has been disbursed in benefits consisting of over 11 million payments as of 9 October.

The minister also indicated that the department, in conjunction with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and the Compensation Fund, has launched a process to conduct an organisational architecture review for the UIF and the Compensation Fund, including provincial and Labour Centres.

He added that “every aspect of the two Funds’ business model, systems, structures and procedures will be reviewed and where necessary re-engineered with the intention of optimising their effectiveness and service to the clients”.

The minister also pointed out that an additional 500 Health and Safety Inspectors have been recruited resulting in a much strengthened occupational health and safety inspection and enforcement capacity going forward.

Last week, the department briefed the NCOP on COVID-19 TERS payments.

The action plan to deal with audit findings was outlined.